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. Check out who’s already signed up for the 2014 conference.

Preliminary NGFA Country Elevator Conference Program

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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)

4:00 – 5:30 pm
Meet & Greet for Next Generation Agribusiness Leaders

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
  • Impact of the Elections on the Next Congress
    - Rep. Todd Yong, R-Ind., Member House Ways & Means Committee

9:15 am
Overview of the World Grain Situation
- Dr. Parry Dixon, Director of Economic Research, Archer Daniels Midland, Decatur, Ill.

10:15 am

  • NGFA Policy Minute: Industry Impact of Court Decision on OSHA’s Designation of Dust as a Chemical Hazard and EPA’s Proposed Rule on Air Emissions at Grain Elevators
    - Jess McCluer, Director, Safety and Regulatory Affairs, NGFA, Washington, D.C.
  • NGFA Policy Minute: FDA’s Food and Feed Safety Rulemakings – Impacts on Country Elevators
    - David Fairfield, Vice President, Feed Services, NGFA, Atlantic, Iowa
  • Biotech Innovation and Protecting Market Access — Can They Be Compatible?
    - Matt Rekeweg, Industry Relations Leader, Dow AgroSciences LLC, Indianapolis, Ind.
    – Chris Novak, Chief Executive Officer, National Corn Growers Association, St. Louis, Mo.
  • NGFA Policy Minute: Collaborative Efforts to Prevent Biotech-Related Market Disruptions
    - Jared Hill, Director of Legislative Affairs, NGFA, Washington, D.C.
    - Randy Gordon, President, NGFA, Washington, D.C.

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

2:00 pm
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.

2:40 pm
Enhancing Communication, Coaching, and Goal Setting
- Carey Bennett, Director of Business Development RCI Safety, Horton, Kan.

3:40 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.

5:15 pm
Conference Recesses

5:15 – 7:00 pm
Trade Show Open — 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 – 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 Efforts to Move the Needle on Rail
    - Randy Gordon, President, NGFA, Washington, D.C.

9:40 am
Theft and Other Loss-Prevention Strategies
- Simon (Chip) Beckner, Counsel, Bartlett Grain Company, Kansas City, Mo.
– Jonathan Sandoz, Counsel, CGB, New Orleans

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 Broady, Director of Grain Operations, Trupointe Cooperative Inc.,  Botkins, Ohio, Chairman, NGFA Country Elevator Committee

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:

  • $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.

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Hotel

J.W. Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Indianapolis, Ind.

The hotel registration deadline has past. Online reservations may still be available. However, if you experience difficulty, please contact Rebecca Grubbs.

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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