2016 COUNTRY ELEVATOR CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW
Mark your calendars and join us for the 2016 Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show, held December 11 – 13 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. We’ll once again 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. Bring your entire team for three days of networking, education, and vendor visits at the trade show. And don’t forget that many of our sessions will qualify for CEUs. NGFA’s CEC – Working for You.
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.
Back by popular demand, this year’s CEC will feature breakout sessions – four rounds of them! Make sure to join us on Sunday night for our Trade Show Welcome Reception and then get your rest because we’ll be ready to go Monday morning! After a hearty breakfast and informative Welcome General Session we’ll split into breakout sessions for the remainder of the afternoon, puncutated by several Networking Breaks and a Trade Show Lunch. After Monday evening’s Trade Show Reception come on back Tuesday morning for our last Breakout Sessions and the Closing General Session, featuring three top-notch speakers. For a detailed agenda, please CLICK HERE.
COUNTRY ELEVATOR CONFERENCE TRADE SHOW
Skip the sales visits and instead make plans to reach approx. 600 of your potential customers at the CEC Trade show. With an approximate 1:6 exhibitor-to-attendee ratio you receive the traffic you want without the exhibitor overload you don’t; our very manageable trade show size ensures that attendees will be able to visit each booth in the time given. Optimize your experience and download our Conference app for it’s FREE AND EASY lead retrieval tool. To become an exhibitor, CLICK HERE.
NEW THIS YEAR! COUNTRY ELEVATOR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
The National Grain and Feed Association is hosting its first annual photo contest for NGFA members. The winners will be announced at the 2016 Country Elevator Conference on Wednesday Dec. 13. Participants are asked to submit a photo in one of three categories: teamwork; technology; rain or shine. Each participant may submit one photo per category. One photo will be selected from each of the three categories and judges will select the overall first, second and third prize winners from those three photos. One set of prizes will be awarded in the following amounts: First: $500; Second: $300; Third: $200. All winning photos will be featured on the NGFA website, newsletter and social media.
For details on how to enter, rules, and regulations CLICK HERE.
UNIQUE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
We’ve developed a host of unique and creative sponsorship opportunities, allowing you to support the convention and receive a high level of recognition in front of your customers and peers. Don’t miss this opportunity to raise your company’s profile. To view a detailed sponsorship prospectus, please CLICK HERE. 2016 sponsors listed below.
2015 COUNTRY ELEVATOR CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW DETAILS
- 2015 Conference Details
2015 Conference Attendee List (as of 12/1/2015)
- 2015 Conference Presentations
“World Grain 1975-2025: Episodes and Aftermaths”
Bill Hudson, Principal and Founding Partner, ProExporter Network
“How to Capture a Carry in the Market”
Diana Klemme, Vice President, Grain Service Corporation
“How NGFA Trade Rules and Arbitration Work in the Real World” (Case Studies)
Steve Lucas, President, Jayhawker Consulting
“OSHA Inspections are Around the Corner – Getting Your Safety Data Sheets and Labeling in Order”
Jess McCluer, Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs, NGFA
“FDA Inspections – What to Expect”
Dave Fairfield, Vice President of Feed Services, NGFA
“So You Want Permission to Purchase a Capital Item – Tell Me More about Your Planning Process, Opportunity, Strategic Fit, Risks and Your Overall Rate of Return”
Dennis Inman, Vice President, Cargill AgHorizons
“Unreasonable Merchandisers vs. Unbending Operations – Striking a Balance to Maximize Profit”
Randy Broady, Director of Grain Operations, Trupointe Cooperative Inc.
Mitch Dawson, Director of Grain Operations, MFA Incorporated
Doug Johns, Vice President Grain – River, ADM
“The U.S. Grain Grading System – How it Operates and Quality Factors to Check in 2015 Crops”
Tom Meyer, President, Kansas Grain Inspection Service
Mary Coffey Alonzo, Director, National Grain Center, Federal Grain Inspection Service
“How to ‘Successfully’ Carry Crops through the Summer”
Nick Friant, Business Unit Food Safety Leader, Cargill, Inc.
“Turning the Challenges of Summer 2015 into Opportunity – How the Successful Merchandisers Made it Work”
John Werner, President and CEO, White Commercial Corporation
(For copy of presentation call Cindy Smith at 888-546-9555.)
“How to Unleash Your Employees’ Full Potential and How to Keep Them”
Chris Fischer, Director of Organization Effectiveness, Business Development Services, Land O’Lakes Inc.
“You Got Me Into This, Now Please Get Me Out: The Do’s and Don’ts of Making and Breaking Grain Contracts under NGFA Rules”
Mary Turke, Managing Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP
- 2015 Conference Sponsors
Bank of the West
Bunge North America Inc.
The Scoular Company
Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Lansing Trade Group LLC
Purina Animal Nutrition
Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
Advance Trading Inc.
Arizona Grain Inc.
Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP
CGB Enterprises Inc.
Chief Agri-Industrial Div.
Frisbie Construction Co. Inc.
GROWMARK Inc./MIDCO Commodities
Laughlin Cartrell Inc.
Todd & Sargent Inc.
Union Pacific Railroad Company
Western Milling LLC
- 2015 Conference Exhibitors
4B Components Ltd.
Advance Trading Inc.
Ag Growth International
AgVantage Software Inc.
AgVision Agribusiness Software
Alimak Hek Inc.
ASM Engineering Consultants LLC
Bolivar Contracting Inc.
Brock Grain Systems A Global Div. of CTB Inc.
Bulk Conveyors Inc.
Buresh Building Systems Inc.
CCS Group LLC
Central Life Sciences
Charm Sciences Inc.
Chief Agri/Industrial Division
Clear Creek & Associates
Crowe Horwath LLP
Cultura Technologies Inc.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Elevator Services & Storage Inc.
Feed & Grain
Frisbie Construction Co. Inc.
Gamet Manufacturing Inc.
GlobalView Software Inc.
Grossman & Associates Inc.
Honeyville Metal Inc.
iNet Solutions Group Inc.
JMI Covers LLC
John Stewart & Associates
Kasa Controls & Automation
Larson Engineering Inc.
Macon General Contractors
Maljohn Plastics Company
McPherson Concrete Storage Systems Inc.
Metro Contract Services
Painters USA Inc.
Perten Instruments Inc.
Pit Express / Mast Productions Inc.
Precision Scale & Controls Inc.
Premier Components Inc.
Probe A Load Inc.
Raven Industries Inc.
Rich Connell AGRI-SEARCH Inc.
River Consulting LLC
Rolfes @ Boone
Safety Made Simple Inc.
SCAFCO Grain Systems Company
Seedburo Equipment Company
Shore Measuring Systems
Sioux Steel Company
Sukup Manufacturing Company
Tandem Products/Rhino Hyde Div.
Technova QT Information Systems
The Arnold Company
The GSI Group
The Lakeland Companies
Todd & Sargent Inc.
TSGC Inc. (dba Tri-States Grain Conditioning Inc.)
U.S. CFTC Whistleblower Office
Uniqair Odor Control
USDA – Nat’l Ag. Statistics Service
Vertical Software Inc.
Wellman Enterprises LLC
WEM Automation LLC
West Side Salvage
White Commercial Corporation
PAST/FUTURE CONFERENCE INFORMATION
- Past Conferences
- Future Conferences
- To REGISTER for the 2016 Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show CLICK HERE
- To MAKE A HOTEL RESERVATION, CLICK HERE
- To view a detailed CONFERENCE AGENDA, CLICK HERE
- To view the TRADE SHOW APPLICATION, TERMS & CONDITIONS, CLICK HERE
- To view the SPONSORSHIP PROSPECTUS, CLICK HERE
It has come to our attention that several entities/individuals not affiliated with NGFA are soliciting NGFA members to make hotel reservations on their behalf for the upcoming Country Elevator Conference. We are advised that on at least on some occasions, the company is misrepresenting itself as working on NGFA’s behalf or in response to the request of trade show exhibitors. Neither is true. Please be aware that NGFA has NOT contracted – nor in any way affiliated itself – with any third-party in this capacity. Before booking your reservations through a third-party, NGFA highly recommends comparing the options available through the online booking link on the NGFA website and the meeting registration form or directly with the Chicago Marriott Downtown. NGFA is pressing its concerns with the third-party involved and regrets any confusion, deception and intrusion upon NGFA members.
- REGISTRATION: Faith Silvers | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-289-0873
- HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Rebecca Grubbs | email@example.com | 202-289-0873
- CONFERENCE AGENDA: Max Fisher | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-289-0873
- TRADE SHOW: Todd Kemp | email@example.com | 202-289-0873
- SPONSORSHIP: Rebecca Grubbs | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-289-0873
- PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Sarah Gonzalez | email@example.com | 202-289-0873