ARLINGTON, Va., May 6, 2021 — During the National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) 125th annual convention on June 2-4, top agribusiness leaders will celebrate 125 years of “Transforming America’s Harvest” at The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Virtual attendance and registration is available for the full convention to those unable to attend in person.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to safely gather our association members and industry leaders. We have a tremendous line up of speakers who are business leaders and will address the many opportunities and challenges affecting the grain, feed, processing and export markets,” said NGFA President and CEO Mike Seyfert. “NGFA has seen many changes in its 125 years. This year will be no different as we offer, for the first time, a virtual attendance option for convention.”
This year’s convention will focus on celebrating the important role NGFA’s member companies perform in transforming the American farmer’s bounty into safe, nutritious, sustainable and affordable human and animal food. Founded in 1896, NGFA has been proud to represent and provide services for grain, feed and related commercial businesses for 125 years. During this 125th annual convention, NGFA will celebrate “Transforming America’s Harvest” with speakers and virtual events that focus on the future of the industry and how to best position it to continue enhancing the growth and economic performance of U.S. agriculture in a global, open market environment.
All attendees gain entry to NGFA’s custom convention platform with access to live speaker presentations, session recordings, Ag Village exhibitor materials and virtual meeting rooms, as well as online networking with NGFA staff and other attendees.
For those attending at The Broadmoor, all health and safety precautions to address COVID-19 as mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of Colorado will be deployed during the convention on June 2-4, 2021, with The Broadmoor and the NGFA enforcing all social distancing, sanitizing and mask-wearing protocols.
The convention begins with a “Transportation and Technology Open Forum” on June 2 featuring:
- Charley Moore, senior vice president agriculture sales at Trinity Rail;
- Martin Oberman, chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board;
- Jeff Schreiner, CEO of Roger LLC; and
- Tracy Zea, president and CEO of Waterways Council Inc.
Convention general sessions on June 3-4 will focus on international trade, sustainability and conservation, and the strategic outlook for the grain, feed, processing and export industry and U.S. agriculture. Confirmed speakers include:
- JoAnn Brouillette, managing partner and president of Demeter LP and chairman of the NGFA Board of Directors;
- Kathryn Farmer, president and CEO of BNSF;
- Thomas Halverson, president and CEO of CoBank;
- David MacLennan, CEO of Cargill; and
- Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, Inc.
- More speakers to be announced.
Register: Members of the media should contact Sarah Gonzalez, NGFA director of communications and digital media, for complimentary registration.
NGFA, established in 1896, consists of more than 1,000 grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate more than 7,000 facilities and handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds. Its membership includes grain elevators; feed and feed ingredient manufacturers; biofuels companies; grain and oilseed processors and millers; exporters; livestock and poultry integrators; and associated firms that provide goods and services to the nation’s grain, feed and processing industry. NGFA also consists of 33 affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, and NGFA is co-located and has a strategic alliance with North American Export Grain Association, and a strategic alliance with Pet Food Institute.