Annual Convention

Annual Convention

OVERVIEW

NGFA’s Annual Convention features top policy makers, substantive open forums and outstanding general sessions that explore the most important issues facing the industry in the year ahead. It also provides an ideal opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with industry leaders. As in past years, the year’s conference will feature a golf tournament, committee meetings, a new member reception, panels on topical issues, and a closing gala. (Details below.) For more information on convention programming, see presentations from past conventions.

For more information, see the preliminary agenda  or check out who’s already signed up.

 

REGISTRATION

Don’t miss out on keynote speakers such as Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Timothy Massad, Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman. (For more, see preliminary agenda or press release.)

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CONFERENCE DETAILS

Conference Fees

Conference Fees:

  • $635 NGFA Member Early Bird Registration until Feb. 20 (ended)
  • $695 NGFA Member Registration Feb. 21 and later
  • $1350 Non-member Registration
  • $395 Spouse or Guest Registration

Fees for Additional Activities:

  • $40 Breakfast Ticket – Tuesday
  • $160 Tuesday Banquet Ticket – Adults
  • $130 Tuesday Banquet Ticket – Ages 11-18
  • $160 Tuesday Banquet Ticket – Ages 5-10
  • $175 Foundation Golf Tournament ($70 tax deductible)*
  • $110 Cooking Demonstration, Lunch ad Margaritas*
  • $97 Shopping and Wine Excursion*
  • $180 Texas-style Shooting*

* Information on activities under “Golf and Excursion Details.”

Preliminary Agenda

Download Preliminary Agenda (updated Feb. 26)

Saturday, March 14

6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chairman’s Reception (invitation only)

Sunday, March 15

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration Open

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
National Grain and Feed Foundation Trustees (closed)

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee (closed)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Past Presidents’/Chairmen’s Lunch (invitation only)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Country Elevator Committee
  • Grain Grades & Weights Committee
  • International Trade/Agricultural Policy Committee
  • Trade Rules Committee

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Rail Shipper/Receiver Committee (closed)

3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

  • Biofuels Committee/Feed Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee/Feed Manufacturing and Technology Committee
  • Biotechnology Committee
  • Risk Management Committee/Finance and Administration Committee

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Transportation Open Forum – Hosted by Rail Shipper/Receiver Committee/Waterborne Commerce Committee

5:30 p.m.
New Member/First-time Attendee Reception (invitation only)

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CoBank Welcome Reception – Alamo Plaza

Monday, March 16

7:00 a.m. – Noon
Registration Open

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Rail Arbitration Rules Committee

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Grain and Feed PAC Coffee

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Spouse/Guest Breakfast and Activity

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Grand Opening Breakfast/General Session (sit-down, plated breakfast)

  • George P. Bush, Texas Land Commissioner (confirmed)
  • Carl Ice, President/CEO, BNSF Railway (confirmed)
  • Membership Awards Ceremony
  • Industry Leader Address (invited)

Noon – 6:00 p.m.
NGFF Classic Golf Tournament at The Quarry Golf Club (Bus departs hotel at 11:45 a.m. sharp!)

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tour

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Bunge North America Inc. Reception
Evening Open for Private Dinners

Tuesday, March 17

7:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

  • Arbitration Appeals Panel (closed)
  • Membership, Marketing and Communications Committee
  • Waterborne Commerce Committee

7:00 a.m. – Noon
Registration Open

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting and Industry Recognition

9:00 – Noon
General Session

  • “Futures Markets – Change and Innovation”
    – Chairman Timothy Massad, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (confirmed)
  • “Chairman’s Address”
    – Gary Beachner, NGFA Chairman (confirmed)
  • “Beyond Biotechnology – The Next Innovation in Seed Technology”
    – Tom Koch, Vice President of Research, AgReliant Genetics (confirmed)
    – Dr. Marcel Bruins, Secretariat, International Grain Trade Coalition (confirmed)
  • “Canadian Perspective: Future Prospects for Key Agriculture Policy and Economic Concerns”
    – The Honourable Gilles Gauthier, Minister (Economic), Embassy of Canada

Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Lunch/Meeting

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon Tours

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting (closed)

6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception/Banquet & Entertainment/PAC Live Auction

Golf and Excursion Details

Golf Tournament: The Quarry Golf Club is home to an award-winning golf course designed by nationally recognized golf course designer Keith Foster. The Quarry is recognized throughout the country for its unique setting and design; the front nine plays in a links-style format and features rolling hills, native grasses and immaculate greens while the back nine lays out in a 100-year-old quarry pit. Players will be given the opportunity to assemble playing groups as the event nears. The entry fee includes bus transportation, a deli box lunch at the course, greens fees, carts and all contests. Once again, NGFA-member sponsors will provide fabulous prizes to the low-scoring foursome, longest-drive winner, closest-to-the-pin winner, longest putt winner, and hole-in-one on a designated hole. (March 16; $175 separate registration fee/$70 tax deductible)

Rental clubs are available for $54 (includes TX state tax) and can be reserved online.

Cooking San Antonio Style: San Antonio is known for its friendly people, great food and genuine hospitality — no one reflects this better than the city’s own Blanca Aldaco. Blanca’s passion for cooking the foods that she was introduced to as a child is truly inspiring. Not only will you get a blow by blow account of how to make the perfect enchilada right in front of you but you will be served an amazing authentic stuffed enchilada meal as well. Did we mention you also will be shown the secret of how to make quite likely the best Margarita you’ve ever tasted and then be forced to sample it? (March 16; $110 separate registration fee)

Hill Country Day Trip & Wine Tasting: Located just a half hour from the resort, guests are sure to enjoy the little hamlet of Gruene, which is pronounced “green.” Once a significant cotton producing community, Gruene is now listed among the Historic Places in the National Register. Filled with antique shops, a wine tasting shop, and the world famous “Gruene Hall – Oldest Honky-Tonk in the State of Texas,” featured in the movie “Michael,” where John Travolta did his famous dance as an angel. After some shopping in Gruene, it is off to Dry Comal Creek Vineyards. The vineyard is known for its rich alluvial soil, laced with limestone, flattened shale chips; which provides ideal growing conditions for the grapes. Dry Comal Creek is a relatively new venture, but its wines have achieved awards and been recognized for their outstanding quality. The picturesque setting with lovely limestone structures is a beautiful setting to learn from the owner and expert about Texas wines and enjoy a few tastings. Guests will be given a souvenir glass to take home, and will experience the wines with the wine maker, Sabrina Houser. (March 17; $97 separate registration fee)

Texas Style Shooting: It’s off to The San Antonio Gun Club, the oldest active gun club in the country — not to mention the only shotgun shooting facility located in the heart of a metropolitan city. The SAGC was officially chartered in 1921 and has been in its current location since 1930. Their certified instructors are dedicated to the development of shooting sports and firearms safety. The order of the day will be a short instructional time on the handling of firearms. Then experienced shooters will be partnered with the new shooter and the contests begin. This tour consists of (50) rounds of ammunition per person and includes the rental of the shotguns and ammunition, eye and ear protection as well as transportation. Safety instructions given upon arrival. (March 17; $180 separate registration fee)

Payment Policies

Registration Form

Registration Fee: Includes admittance to entire program, program materials, refreshments, breakfast on March 16 and 17, receptions on March 15 and 16, and the gala banquet on March 17. The spouse registration fee includes March 16 Spouse event, March 17 breakfast, the two receptions and the gala. Individual meal tickets are for participation in that specific meal only.

Payment Policy: To qualify for Early Bird rates, payment must accompany registration and be received by Feb. 20.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be refunded in full if notification is received on or before Feb. 20. Cancellation notices postmarked or received between Feb. 21 and March 6 will be assessed a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be provided to any person canceling or failing to give notice of cancellation after March 6. Registrant substitutions are welcome.

Past Conventions

Presentations from past conventions are available to members.

NGFA Board of Directors Documents

Once published, to access Board of Directors documents, you must be signed in as a board member. For assistance, contact Heather McElrath. (Documents will be published a week or two before the event.)

Hotel
The Hyatt Regency is sold out, but The Emily Morgan Hotel (a Doubletree by Hilton) is just 2.5 blocks from the convention — you won’t miss out on anything!

The Emily Morgan San Antonio – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
705 East Houston Street | San Antonio, TX 78205
210-225-5100

Reserve your room at the reduced room rate of $219 per night (plus tax) and includes free wifi.

Note: If you have a reservation at the Hyatt Regency, but need to cancel your room contact Rebecca Grubbs — another NGFA member could use your room!

Sponsorship

For sponsorship information contact Rebecca Grubbs or see the sponsorship prospectus.

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