NGFA’s Country Elevator Conference returns to St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 2-4
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 14, 2018 — The National Grain and Feed Association’s 2018 Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show, to be conducted Dec. 2 – 4 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Mo., will feature experts in the global agricultural economy, pioneers of new business models within the grain industry framework, as well as an exclusive roundtable of NGFA-member company leaders.
“During the 2018 Country Elevator Conference, sessions will be focused on helping country elevator managers and their companies adapt to a rapidly changing business environment,” said Brian Gordon, chief executive officer of Ritzville Warehouse, in Ritzville, Wash., who chairs NGFA’s Country Elevator Committee. “One of the highlights will include NGFA industry officers taking the stage to discuss the trends influencing markets and their companies in an interactive roundtable format. In addition to the latest merchandising and grain market information, breakout meetings will feature a question-and-answer session with hiring and recruiting experts; managing merchandising risks in an uncertain market environment; and blockchain and other digital information technology and how it may affect supply chains.”
The trade situation between the United States and China and a burgeoning 2018 harvest are having a profound impact on grain basis, carries, trade flows and transportation. Will Secor, an economist in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Research Division, Denver, Colo., will share how a grain system designed to export more than 1 billion bushels of soybeans per year to China is recalibrating to new trade flows and what that means for grain elevators in 2019.
Current NGFA industry officers will discuss their thoughts on the direction of the U.S. grain, feed, processing and export industry. Roundtable topics will include: perspectives on the most significant changes each has seen in the last five years and what they anticipate for the next five; the role they see the country elevator sector playing in the future; and the most important keys for building and maintaining a successful agribusiness in today’s market.
Keynote speaker Mitzi Perdue – an accomplished businesswoman, daughter of Sheraton Hotels co-founder and widow of Perdue Farms founder, Frank Perdue – will share specific techniques used by Frank Perdue to build a powerful and effective company culture, which he used to grow his company from a father-son operation to one that now employs 22,000, as well as actionable and innovative ideas for inspiring career-long loyalty from employees. The conference will close with an informative and inspiring address on a case study of a company that used seemingly insurmountable adversity as a catalyst for new thinking and capturing new opportunities on its way to success.
The NGFA, established in 1896, consists of more than 1,050 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. The NGFA also consists of 29 affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, and has strategic alliances with Pet Food Institute and North American Export Grain Association.