Country Elevator Conference

Country Elevator Conference

OVERVIEW

The 2015 CEC will feature a schedule built around your business and the real-world issues facing you on a daily basis, presented in a variety of engaging ways – including an almost full day of interactive breakout sessions. This new format allows you to tailor the meeting experience to your individual business needs by attending sessions designated as one of four major topics: merchandising; operations; management. Paired with industry and association keynote speakers, several networking receptions and meals, and our tradeshow, the 2015 CEC is the annual meeting for your entire team.

NGFA’s annual Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show is the single largest gathering of country elevator personnel and is limited to NGFA members only. For more information on joining NGFA, email Todd Kemp or call 202-289-0873.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Conference Schedule
as of 8/17

Sunday December 6, 2015

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: NGFA-State/Regional/Affiliate Leadership Conference

1:30 to 4:00 pm: Country Elevator Committee Meeting
Open to all conference attendees

4:00 to 7:00 pm: Trade Show

5:30 to 7:00 pm: Reception in Trade Show

Monday December 7, 2015

7:00 to 8:30 am: Breakfast and Trade Show Open

8:30 to 10:00 am: General Session:

  • Country Elevator Chairman Randy Broady
  • NGFA Chairman Gary Beachner
  • “World Grain 1975-2025: Episodes and Aftermaths”
    • Bill Hudson, Principal and Founding Partner, ProExporter Network (Confirmed)

10:00 to 10:30 am: Break

10:30 to 11:45 am: Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

  1. Next Level Marketing: Raise Your Game

“How to Capture the Carry in the Market”
Dianna Klemme, Vice President, Grain Service Corporation (Confirmed)

“How to Merchandise on Rail and Water”
Tyson Chick, Senior Grain Merchandiser, CHS (Confirmed)

Keyword: Merchandising

  1. We Want YOU to be Ready for an OSHA or FDA Inspection

“OSHA Inspections are Around the Corner – Getting Your Safety Data Sheets and Labeling in Order”
Jess McCluer, Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs, NGFA (Confirmed)

“FDA Inspections- What to Expect”
Dave Fairfield, Vice President of Feed Services, NGFA (Confirmed)

Keyword: Operations

  1. NGFA Trade Rules and Arbitration – How They Work in the Real World (Case Studies)

Steve Lucas, President, Jayhawker Consulting (Confirmed)

Keywords: Merchandising, Legal, Management

11:45 to 2:00 pm: Walk Around Lunch in Trade Show

2:00 to 3:15 pm: Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

  1. Next Level Marketing: Raise Your Game (repeat of 10:30 – 11:45 am session)

“How to Capture the Carry in the Market”
Dianne Klemme, Vice President, Grain Service Corporation (Confirmed)

“How to Merchandise on Rail and Water”
Tyson Chick, Senior Grain Merchandiser, CHS (Confirmed)

Keyword: Merchandising

  1. Management, Merchandising and Operations: Intersection or Collision?

“So You Want Permission to Purchase a Capital Item – Where’s Your Risk Assessment and Calculation for Net Present Value and Rate of Return?”
Dennis Inman, Commercial Leader, Cargill (Confirmed)

“Unreasonable Merchandisers vs. Unbending Operations – Striking a Balance to Maximize Profit”
Panel Discussion with Audience Participation
-Randy Broady, Director of Grain Operations, Trupointe Cooperative Inc. (Confirmed)
-Mitch Dawson, Director of Grain Operations, MFA Incorporated (Confirmed)
-Doug Johns, Vice President Grain – River, ADM (Confirmed)

Keywords: Merchandising, Operations, Management

  1. Understanding and Maintaining Grain Quality

“The U.S. Grain Grading System – How it Operates and Quality Factors to Check for 2015 Crops”
-Tom Meyer, President, Kansas Grain Inspection Service (Confirmed)
-Federal Grain Inspection Service (Invited)

“How to “Successfully” Carry Crops through the Summer”
Nick Friant, Grain Handling Coordinator, Cargill Inc. (Confirmed)

Keyword: Operations

3:15 to 3:45 pm: Break

3:45 to 5:00 pm: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Turning the Challenges of Summer 2015 into Opportunity – How the Successful Merchandisers Made it Work

John Werner, CEO, White Commercial (Confirmed)

Keyword: Merchandising

  1. Management, Merchandising and Operations: Intersection or Collision? (repeat of 2:00 – 3:15 pm session)

“So You Want Permission to Purchase a Capital Item – Where’s Your Risk Assessment and Calculation for Net Present Value and Rate of Return?”
Dennis Inman, Commercial Leader, Cargill (Confirmed)

“Unreasonable Merchandisers and Unbending Operations – Strike a Balance to Maximize Profit”
Panel Discussion with Audience Participation
-Randy Broady, Director of Grain Operations, Trupointe Cooerpative Inc. (Confirmed)
-Mitch Dawson, Director of Grain Operations, MFA Incorporated (Confirmed)
-Doug Johns, Vice President Grain – River, ADM (Confirmed)

Keywords: Merchandising, Operations, Management

  1. Understanding and Maintaining Grain Quality (repeat of 2:00 – 3:15 pm session)

“The U.S. Grain Grading System – How it Operates and Quality Factors to Check for 2015 Crops”
-Tom Meyer, President, Kansas Grain Inspection Service (Confirmed)
-Federal Grain Inspection Service (Invited)

“How to “Successfully” Carry Crops through the Summer”
Nick Friant, Grain Handling Coordinator, Cargill Inc. (Confirmed)

Keyword: Operations

5:00 to 6:30 pm: Reception in Trade Show

Tuesday December 8, 2015

7:00 to 8:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 am to Noon: General Session:

  • “How to Unleash Your Employees’ Full Potential and How to Keep Them”
    Chris Fischer, Manager of Organizational Effectiveness, Business Development Services, Land O’Lakes
    Inc. (Confirmed)
  • “Issues Confronting Lenders and How They Affect Your Access and Costs of Capital”
    Andrew Guida, J.P. Morgan (Invited)
  • “So you have a trade dispute… Now What”
    -Chip Buckner, Legal Department, Bartlett Grain Company LP (Confirmed)
    -Mary Turke, Managing Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP (Invited)
  • “Weather Trends for 2016 Crops”
    Harvey Freese, Founder, Freese-Notis Weather Service (Confirmed)

PAST/FUTURE CONFERENCE INFORMATION

 

2014 Conference Program
2014 Program, Presentations

Final 2014 Conference Program

2014 Attendees

Attendee List

2014 Sponsors

Platinum

CoBank

Gold

Bank of the West
The Scoular Company
Wells Fargo
Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
Indiana Soybean Alliance

Silver

e-Markets
Grain Journal
Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Lansing Trade Group LLC
Monsanto Co.
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
DiaCon Centynal
Gavilon Grain LLC
Bunge North America Inc.

Supporters

Honeyville Metal Inc.
Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth
eGrain
Farmers Grain Terminal
Sioux Steel Company
Laughlin Cartrell
INTL FCStone
Advance Trading Inc.
Arizona Grain Inc.
GROWMARK Inc./MIDCO Commodities
Todd & Sargent
Union Pacific Railroad
Western Milling LLC
CGB Enterprises Inc.
Frisbie Construction Co. Inc.
The Andersons Inc.

2014 Exhibitors

Advance Trading Inc.
Agniel Commodities LLC
AgTrax Technologies
AgVantage Software Inc.
AgVision Software for Agribusiness
AgYield
Alimak Hek Inc.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bolivar Contracting Inc.
Brock Grain Systems A Div. of CTB Inc.
Bulk Conveyors Inc.
Buresh Building Systems Inc.
Bushel Direct LLC
Calhoun Super Structure
Central Life Sciences
CFTC Whistleblower Office
Charm Sciences
Chief Agri/Industrial Division
Clear Creek & Associates
CME Group
CompuWeigh Corporation
Crowe Horwath LLC
Custom Concrete Specialists/CCS Group LLC
DICKEY-john Corporation
Drake Inc.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
eGrain Inc.
Electro-Sensors Inc.
Elevator Services & Storage Inc.
EnviroLogix Inc.
Feed & Grain Magazine
Frisbie Construction Co. Inc.
Fumigation Service & Supply Inc.
Gamet Manufacturing Inc.
GlobalView Software
Grain Journal
GrainBridge
Grossman & Associates
Hoffmann Inc.
Honeyville Metal Inc.
Hulcher Services Inc.
iNet Solutions Group Inc.
IntelliFarms by IntelliAir
INTL FCStone LLC
iRely LLC
J&M Industries
Kasa Controls & Automation
Laidig Systems Inc.
Larson Engineering Inc.
Macon General Contractors
Maljohn Company Ltd.
Maxi-Lift Inc.
McC Inc. dba McCormick Construction Company
McPherson Concrete Storage Systems Inc.
MetLife Food and Agribusiness Finance
Metro Contract Services Corp.
Moeller Engineering
Neogen Corporation
One Source Risk Management and Funding Inc.
Painters USA Inc.
Perten Instruments Inc.
Pit Express (Mast Productions Inc.)
PrairieLand Millwright Inc.
Precision Grain Management Consultants Inc.
Precision Scale & Controls Inc.
Premier Components Inc.
QT Information Systems
R.J. O’Brien
Raven Industries
RBH Mill & Elevator Supply
RCI Safety
Rich Connell AGRI-SEARCH Inc.
River Consulting LLC
Rolfes @ Boone
Safe-Grain/Maxi-Tronic
Shore Measuring Systems A Div. of CTB Inc.
Shuttlewagon Inc.
Sioux Steel Company
Sukup Manufacturing Company
Tapco Inc.
The Essmueller Company
The GSI Group
The Lakeland Companies
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Todd & Sargent Inc.
Tricon Precast Ltd.
TSGC Inc. (dba Tri-States Grain Conditioning Inc.)
Union Iron Works
USDA – Nat’l Ag. Statistics Service
VAA LLC (Van Sickle Allen)
Vac-Tron Equipment LLC
Vertical Software Inc.
Warrior/MICADA
Weatherbarrier
Wellman Enterprises LLC
WEM Automation Inc.
Westeel Storage Solutions
West Side Salvage
White Commercial Corporation

Future Conferences
  • Dec. 11 – 13, 2016, Marriott Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 2017, Information Coming Soon!
  • Dec. 2 – 4, 2018, St. Louis Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Dec. 8 – 10, 2019, JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Ind.

Hotel Room Reservations

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center Kansas City, Mo. Register online. For additional information, please contact Rebecca Grubbs.

Please note: We have been alerted that an entity calling itself “Global Housing Services Corp.” is soliciting NGFA members and offering to make hotel reservations on their behalf for what it misidentifies as “NGFA’s annual conference.” In fact, the meeting dates referenced in the email solicitation from this firm are for NGFA’s Country Elevator Conference on Dec. 6-8 in Kansas City at the Sheraton Crown Center.

This is to advise you that NGFA has NOT contracted – nor in any way affiliated itself — with “Global Housing Services Corp.” Further, the hotel room rate being quoted by this entity is actually significantly higher than what will be available directly from the hotel and NGFA once NGFA opens hotel reservations for the Country Elevator Conference later this year. To make a reservation at the host hotel please select the “Register online” link above. Additionally, you will receive reservation information via email directly from NGFA once conference registration has opened.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact NGFA Director of Meetings and Event Marketing Rebecca Grubbs.

Trade Show and Sponsorship
On a first-come, first-served basis, 95 booths are available at the Trade Show. For more information, check out information at ngfa.org/cectradeshow or contact Todd Kemp.

Additionally, if you’d like to gain visibility among customers in the grain, feed and processing industries, contact Rebecca Grubbs for sponsorship information.

Upcoming Events

  • Sun
    13
    Sep
    2015
    Mon
    14
    Sep
    2015

    Board of Directors Meeting

    Invitat …

  • Tue
    29
    Sep
    2015
    Thu
    01
    Oct
    2015

    NGFA-PFI Joint Conference

  • Sun
    06
    Dec
    2015
    Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015

    44th Annual Country Elevator Conference and Tradeshow

  • Sun
    13
    Mar
    2016
    Tue
    15
    Mar
    2016

    120th Annual Convention

  • Tue
    02
    Aug
    2016
    Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016

    NGFA – Grain Journal Safety Seminar

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016
    Mon
    12
    Sep
    2016

    Board of Directors Meeting

  • Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016
    Tue
    13
    Dec
    2016

    45th Annual Country Elevator Conference and Tradeshow

  • Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017
    Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017

    121st Annual Convention

  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017
    Thu
    20
    Jul
    2017

    NGFA – Grain Journal Elevator Design Conference

  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018
    Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    122nd Annual Convention

  • Tue
    24
    Jul
    2018
    Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    NGFA – Grain Journal Safety Seminar

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019
    Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019

    123rd Annual Convention

  • Tue
    23
    Jul
    2019
    Thu
    25
    Jul
    2019

    NGFA – Grain Journal Elevator Design Conference

  • Sun
    08
    Dec
    2019
    Tue
    10
    Dec
    2019

    48th Annual Country Elevator Conference and Tradeshow

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2020
    Tue
    10
    Mar
    2020

    124th Annual Convention

  • Tue
    28
    Jul
    2020
    Thu
    30
    Jul
    2020

    NGFA – Grain Journal Elevator Design Conference

  • Sun
    14
    Mar
    2021
    Tue
    16
    Mar
    2021

    125th Annual Convention