Ag Transportation Summit

Transportation Summit


Hosted by NGFA and the Soy Transportation Coalition and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ag Transportation Summit unites leaders from agricultural producer organizations, agribusinesses and government to focus on the importance of inland waterway, rail, truck and vessel transportation to the competitiveness and profitability of U.S. agriculture. 



The next Ag Transportation Summit will be held in the summer of 2018. Details will be made available as the date approaches.



2015 Attendee List

2015 Summit Attendee List

2015 Agenda

Tuesday, August 4

8-8:30 am: Welcome & Announcements

8:30-9:15 am: Keynote Address

  • Walter Kemmsies: Chief Economist, Moffatt& Nichol (confirmed)

9:15-10:45 am: Rail Officials Panel

  • John Miller: Group Vice President, Agricultural Products, BNSF Railway (confirmed)
  • Katherine Betsworth: Vice President, National Customer Service Center, Union Pacific Railroad (confirmed)
  • Eric Hendrickson: Director of Network Planning, CSX Transportation (confirmed)
  • Brad Yeatts: Director, AG, Norfolk Southern Railway (confirmed)
  • Mike Mohan: Assistant Vice President, Grain, Canadian National Railway (confirmed)
  • John Brooks: Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bulk Commodities, Canadian Pacific Railway (confirmed)

11 am – Noon: Keynote Speaker

  • Richard Langer: Managing Director, Quetica LLC (confirmed)

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch

1-2:30 pm: Panel on Port Infrastructure

  • Jon Gold: Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy, National Retail Federation (confirmed)
  • Joe Schuele: Vice President, Communications, U.S. Meat Export Federation (confirmed)
  • Jim Walker: Director of Navigation Policy, American Association of Port Authorities (confirmed)

2:30-3:15 pm: Update on Issues before the Surface Transportation Board

  • The Honorable Deb Miller: Acting Chairman, Surface Transportation Board (confirmed)

3:30-4:15 pm: USDA’s Perspective on Agricultural Transportation Priorities

  • Bruce Blanton: Director, Transportation Services Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (confirmed)

4:15-5 pm: Update on the Panama Canal Expansion

  • Javier Ho: Specialist, Dry Bulk Segment, Panama Canal Authority (confirmed)

5-6 pm: Reception

Dinner on your own

Wednesday, August 5

7:30-8:30 am: Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30-10 am: Panel on Surface Transportation

  • Jon Samson: Executive Director, Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, American Trucking Associations (confirmed)
  • Marcos Trujillo: American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (confirmed)
  • Arthur Scott: Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties (confirmed)

10:15-11:15 am: Panel on Inland Waterways

  • Moderator: Rick Calhoun: President, Cargo Carriers; Chairman, NGFA Waterborne Commerce Committee (confirmed)
  • Dan Mecklenborg: Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company
  • Rodney Weinzierl: Executive Director, Illinois Corn Growers Association Representative

11:15 am – Noon: Private Investment in Infrastructure: An Aspiration of Viable Option?

  • Richard Ornitz, Senior Counsel, McKenna, Long & Aldridge (confirmed)

Summit Concludes

2015 Presentations

Keynote Address, Walter Kemmsies

Keynote Address, Richard Langer

Panel on Port Infrastructure, Joe Schuele

Panel on Port Infrastructure, Jim Walker

USDA’s Perspective on Agricultural Transportation Priorities, Bruce Blanton

Private Investment in Infrastructure: An Aspiration of Viable Option?, Richard Ornitz


Learn more about NGFA’s position on ag transportation under key issues or from recent articles and press releases.