Country Elevator Conference

Country Elevator Conference

OVERVIEW

NGFA’s annual Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show is the single largest gathering of country elevator personnel, and is limited to NGFA members only. Check out who attended in 2013. (For more information on joining NGFA, email Todd Kemp or call 202-289-0873.)

Each year, more than 650 industry members attend the day-and-a-half conference and trade show. High-level government representatives and industry experts serve as speakers at this popular annual conference. Conducted in conjunction with the conference is an annual Leadership Conference with state and regional grain and feed associations affiliated with the NGFA, as well as a meeting of the NGFA’s Country Elevator Committee.

Preliminary NGFA Country Elevator Conference Program

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Country Elevator Conference Registration

8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Leadership Conference for State/Regional Associations Affiliated with NGFA (by invitation only)

1:30 – 3:30 pm
NGFA Country Elevator Committee Meeting (open to NGFA members)

3:45 – 5:15 pm
New Kid on the Block – FDA Inspections of Grain Elevators (open to all conference registrants at no additional charge; Hosted by NGFA Country Elevator Committee)
- David Fairfield, Vice President, Feed Services, NGFA, Atlantic, Iowa

4:00 – 7:00 pm
Trade Show Open — Welcome Reception (in Trade Show)

6:00 pm
Meet & Greet Social for Conference Newcomers

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

6:30 am – 7:00 pm
Country Elevator Conference Registration

6:30 – 8:00 am
Idea-Exchange Continental Breakfast – Trade Show Open

7:00 – 8:00 am
NGFA Grain and Feed PAC Breakfast

8:00 am
Conference Convenes

  • Welcome to Indiana
    - Randy Broady, Director of Grain Operations Trupointe Cooperative Inc., Botkins, Ohio; Chairman, NGFA Country Elevator Committee
  • NGFA Priorities for 2015
    - Gary Beachner, President, Beachner grain Inc., Parsons Kan.; NGFA Chairman
  • Wrap-up of the 2014 Elections and Congressional Agenda for 2015

9:15 am
Overview of the World Grain Situation

10:15 am

  • NGFA Policy Minute: FDA’s Food and Feed Safety Rulemakings – Impacts on Country Elevators
    - David Fairfield, Vice President, Feed Services, NGFA, Atlantic, Iowa
  • Enhancing Communication, Coaching, and Goal Setting
    - Carey Bennett, Director of Business Development RCI Safety, Horton, Kan.
  • NGFA Policy Minute: NGFA’s Litigation against OSHA’s Designation of Dust as a Chemical Hazard and EPA’s Proposed Rule on New Source Performance Standards
    - Jess McCluer, Director, Safety and Regulatory Affairs, NGFA, Washington, D.C.

11:15 am
2014 Farm Bill – What’s In It & Its Impact on Producer Behavior
- Jonathan Coppess, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law & Policy, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

Noon – 2:00 pm
Walk-Around Lunch in Trade Show

12:15 – 2:15 pm
NGFA Grain and Feed PAC Committee Meeting

2:00 pm
Theft and Other Loss-Prevention Strategies
- Simon (Chip) Beckner, Counsel, Bartlett Grain Company, Kansas City, Mo.
- Jonathan Sandoz, Counsel, CGB, New Orleans

3:15 pm
Emerging Technologies in Agriculture
- Dr. Johnny Park, Research Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
- Cory Reed, Sr. Vice President, Intelligent Solutions Group, John Deere, Moline, Ill.
- Dr. Richard Baker, Executive Director, Center for Unmanned Systems & Human Capital Development, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind.

5:00 pm
Conference Recesses

5:00 – 7:00 pm

  • Trade Show Open
  • Country Elevator Conference Reception in Trade Show

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

6:30 – 8:00 am
Idea-Exchange Continental Breakfast

8:00 am
Country Elevator Conference Reconvenes

  • Welcome
  • NGFA Policy Minute: Update on CFTC Rulemaking
    - Todd Kemp, Vice President of Marketing and Treasurer, NGFA, Washington, D.C.
  • Ag Transportation at a Tipping Point – How Can Shippers Increase Their Leverage?
    - Tom Brugman, Immediate Past Deputy Director, Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs and Compliance, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, D.C.
    - Jon Samson, Executive Director, Agriculture and Food Transporters Conference, American Trucking Associations
  • NGFA Policy Minute: NGFA’s Actions on Rail Service and Rulemakings
    - Randy Gordon, President, NGFA, Washington, D.C.
  • Biotech Innovation and Protecting Market Access — Can They Be Compatible?
  • NGFA Policy Minute: Collective Efforts to Prevent Biotech-Related Market Disruptions
    - Jared Hill, Director of Legislative Affairs, NGFA, Washington, D.C.
    - Randy Gordon, President, NGFA, Washington, D.C.

11:00 am
The War for Talent (or How to Convince a 5-Legged Sheep to Relocate)
- Greg Duerksen, President, Kincannon & Reed, Waynesboro, Va.

11:45 am
Closing Remarks
- Randy Gordon, President, NGFA, Washington, D.C.

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Membership, Marketing and Communications Committee Meeting

REGISTRATION

Registration for this year’s conference is available online or fill out a form and send it in.

Register now →

Fees:

  • $465 NGFA Member Early Bird until Nov. 7
  • $495 NGFA Member Registration Nov. 8 – Dec. 5
  • $520 Dec.6 through On-site Registration
  • $185 Spouse Registration

Policies:

Registration fee: Includes admittance to entire program and trade show, program materials, refreshments, continental breakfasts on Dec. 8 and 9, luncheon on Dec. 8 and receptions on Dec. 7 and 8. The spouse registration fee includes both continental breakfasts and the two receptions.

Payment policy: To qualify for Early Bird rates, payment must accompany registration and be received by Nov. 7.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations will be refunded in full if notification is received on or before Nov. 7. Cancellation notices postmarked or faxed between Nov. 7 and Nov. 28 will be assessed a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be provided to any person canceling or failing to give notice of cancellation after Nov. 28. Registrant substitutions are welcome.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Past Conferences
Future Conferences
  • Dec. 6 – 8, 2015, Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, Kansas City, MO
  • Dec. 11 – 13, 2016, Marriott Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Ill.
Hotel

J.W. Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Indianapolis, Ind.
Online Reservations or by call 877-303-0104 and reference “NGFA” for the reduced $139+ tax nightly rate

Reservations must be made by Nov. 10. However, don’t delay rooms will sell out quickly; the Big 10 Championship game will be in town during the event.

Trade Show and Sponsorship

On a first-come, first-served basis, only 102 booths are available at the Trade Show. Get more 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.

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