During the 48th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC), about 600 attendees gathered in Indianapolis, Ind., where they discussed the agricultural economic outlook, the current trade situation and several other issues facing the grain, feed, export and processing industry. They had the opportunity to touch on several of these topics on Dec. 9 with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during his keynote presentation and “fireside chat” with NGFA President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Gordon.
During his conversation with Gordon, Perdue said he did not believe the United States would impose additional tariffs on China that were scheduled to take effect on Dec. 15. Perdue noted he is “hopefully optimistic” the dispute with China will be resolved, and that a trade deal with China would be a “tremendous bonanza for American agriculture.” [See previous article].
In addition to Perdue’s fireside chat, several sessions at CEC – including panels on “Organics, Hemp and Opportunities of Innovation,” and “Boosting Your Business through Diversity and Inclusion” – were recorded and will be available to view online on NGFA’s website soon.
CEC 2019 program sessions included:
- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
- Seth Meyer, research professor at the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri, and immediate past chairman of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agricultural Outlook Board.
- Jack Bobo, chief executive officer of Futurity.
- A panel on “Organics, Hemp and the Opportunities of Innovation,” with Eric Jackson, CEO of Pipeline Foods, and Steve Groff, founding chairman of Groff North America.
- A panel on “Boosting Your Business through Diversity and Inclusion” with Mia Farrell, Ed.D., assistant dean and director for diversity at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and national president of Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS); David Hoogmoed, executive vice president of Land O’Lakes and president of Purina Animal Nutrition; and Megan Weidner, vice president of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Bunge North America Inc.
Find out how to reach out to MANRRS for recruitment opportunities at http://www.manrrs.org/contact.
Breakout sessions included:
- “Resiliency for Agriculture: The Business Implications of Rural Mental Health Challenges” with Michele Payn, principal of Cause Matters Corp.
Find helpful resources Payn discussed during this session at https://causematters.com/mental-health-resources/.
- “African Swine Fever: Analyzing Impacts of a Global Crisis” with Michael Nepveux, economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation.
- “The New Hedging Frontier: How Grain Departments Can Lead the Charge in Hedging Fertilizer and Interest Rate Exposures” with Richard Jelinek, vice president of global education, Eric Donovan, managing director and head of FX & interest rates, and Josh Linville, senior risk management consultant, all at INTL FCStone.