2019 NGFA Annual Convention: In Review
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More than 650 members gathered in Amelia Island, Fla., for the NGFA’s 123rd annual convention, from March 17-19, where they discussed the nation’s trade environment, transportation and policy issues, and raised money for the National Grain and Feed Foundation, the association’s research and education arm. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue keynoted the convention in an energetic and impassionate address on March 18.
Land O’Lakes President and CEO Beth Ford delivered the keynote industry leader remarks on March 18 where she highlighted the importance of agriculture’s communication with consumers.
During a Transportation and Trade Open Forum, Chief U.S. Agricultural Trade Negotiator Gregg Doud spent much of his time addressing the Trump administration’s negotiations with China; continuing the trade theme, Derek Scissors, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and chief economist for the acclaimed China Beige Book, also addressed the potential for a Chinese trade negotiations during a March 19 address. During the March 18 open forum, Doud also commented on the U.S. trade relationship with the European Union.
During the convention, the NGFA distributed its 2018-19 Annual Report. As NGFA Chairman Eric Wilkey, president of Arizona Grain Inc., noted in his opening message in the report: “The scope, diversity and gravity of issues addressed is impressive.” View the NGFA’s 2018-19 Annual Report .
The National Grain and Feed Foundation raised more than $46,300 as part of its “Fill the Bin!” campaign during the annual convention this week, in addition to $20,000 raised during the National Grain and Feed Foundation Golf Tournament that took place on-site at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.