Agenda


Sunday, December 8, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration Open
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. State/Regional Affiliated Association Leadership Conference (by invitation only)
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NGFA Country Elevator Committee Meeting (open to all NGFA members)
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Trade Show Open | Welcome Reception in Trade Show

Monday December 9, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast in Trade Show
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Opening General Session

Welcome to Indianapolis and the 48th Annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show
Brian Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Ritzville Warehouse Co., Ritzville, WA; Member, NGFA  Board of Directors; Chair, NGFA Country Elevator Committee

2020 Grain Market Insights
Seth Meyer,
Research Professor, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri 

Dr. Meyer, USDA’s immediate past chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board, will provide a comprehensive overview of USDA’s process for issuing its supply and demand estimates. Currently the associate director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri, he also will share his outlook for grain markets for 2020 and beyond.


Trade Deals on the Way? - China, Japan and USMCA
Ted McKinney, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, USDA (Invited)
USDA's top trade official will describe the agency's efforts to help U.S. agriculture access the world market. Over 25 percent of U.S. grain demand hinges on the outcome.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Catch Up Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions - Round One
 Breakout A Resiliency for Agriculture: The Business Implications of Rural Mental Health Challenges
Michele Payn,
Principal, Cause Matters Corp.
What are the business implications of declining rural mental health? How can you ensure your organization's workforce is healthy, both physically and mentally? Michele will help you recognize signs of mental distress and offer resources to help destigmatize mental health concerns in agriculture. Her message brings humor, hope and healing to a tough subject and gives business perspective on why we need to be as concerned with mental well being as we are with the health of crops or livestock.
 Breakout B The New Hedging Frontier: How Grain Departments Can Lead the Charge in Hedging Fertilizer and Interest Rate Exposures 
Allen Douglass,
Regional Director, INTL FCStone, Jake Moline, Risk Management Consultant, INTL FCStone , Eric Donovan, Managing Director - Head of FX & Interest Rates, INTL FCStone, Josh Linville, Senior Risk Management Consultant, INTL FCStone

INTL FCStone will show you how to use your grain risk management expertise to reduce exposure in other areas of your business. Due to recent developments in the fertilizer and interest rate markets, common grain risk management concepts can be used to protect and enhance the elevator and grain producer’s bottom lines. This session will deliver takeaways that you can put to immediate use.

 Breakout C African Swine Fever: Analyzing Impacts of a Global Crisis
Michael Nepveux,
Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

The spread of African Swine Fever in Asia and parts of Europe is causing a decline in world meat production for the second time since 1960. Nepveux will break down what this means for agriculture’s protein sectors and their demand for grain. 

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch in Trade Show, Sponsored by CoBank
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions - Round Two
 Breakout A Resiliency for Agriculture: The Business Implications of Rural Mental Health Challenges
Michele Payn,
Principal, Cause Matters Corp.
What are the business implications of declining rural mental health? How can you ensure your organization's workforce is healthy, both physically and mentally? Michele will help you recognize signs of mental distress and offer resources to help destigmatize mental health concerns in agriculture. Her message brings humor, hope and healing to a tough subject and gives business perspective on why we need to be as concerned with mental well being as we are with the health of crops or livestock.
 Breakout B The New Hedging Frontier: How Grain Departments Can Lead the Charge in Hedging Fertilizer and Interest Rate Exposures 
Allen Douglass, 
Regional Director, INTL FCStone, Jake Moline, Risk Management Consultant, INTL FCStone , Eric DonovanManaging Director - Head of FX & Interest Rates, INTL FCStone, Josh Linville, Senior Risk Management Consultant, INTL FCStone

INTL FCStone will show you how to use your grain risk management expertise to reduce exposure in other areas of your business. Due to recent developments in the fertilizer and interest rate markets, common grain risk management concepts can be used to protect and enhance the elevator and grain producer’s bottom lines. This session will deliver takeaways that you can put to immediate use.

 Breakout C African Swine Fever: Analyzing Impacts of a Global Crisis
Michael Nepveux,
Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation
The spread of African Swine Fever in Asia and parts of Europe is causing a decline in world meat production for the second time since 1960. Nepveux will break down what this means for agriculture’s protein sectors and their demand for grain.  
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Catch Up Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closing General Session - Day One
  Industry Keynote Speaker - To Be Announced
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception in Trade Show

Tuesday December 10, 2019


7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. General Session - Day Two
  2019 Grain and Feed Photo Contest Winners Announcement
Brian Gordon,Chief Executive Officer, Ritzville Warehouse Co., Ritzville, WA; Member, NGFA  Board of Directors; Chair, NGFA Country Elevator Committee
  Boosts Your Business through Diversity and Inclusion
Speakers To Be Announced

During this panel discussion, agribusiness leaders will attest to the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace, which is one that retains and attracts employees with lucrative new ideas and perspectives. Agriculture needs a strong pool of talented leaders with varying insights and experiences to meet the myriad challenges facing the industry. The panel will discuss the benefits of having multiple backgrounds in the room when decisions are being made. They also will examine simple ways businesses can attract employees with diverse talents and backgrounds – and in turn boost their bottom lines and support long-term growth.

. The Future of Food and Agriculture
Jack Bobo,
CEO, Futurity
11:00 a.m. 2019 Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show Closing Remarks