This year's program urges you to get focused, go deeper, think different and think bigger.
Topics will be addressed during three general sessions and two rounds of three breakout sessions. Virtual participation options will be made available.

Virtual participation will be made available to both in-person and virtual registered attendees on the virtual event platform.

Tuesday December 7, 2021

9:00 am – 7:00 pm: Registration Open

9:00 am – 2:00 pm: State/Regional Affiliated Association Leadership Conference (by invitation only)

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm: NGFA Country Elevator Committee Meeting (open to all NGFA members)

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Trade Show Open

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Welcome Reception in Trade Show

Wednesday December 8, 2021

7:00 am – 6:30 pm: Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:30 am:  Buffet Breakfast in Trade Show

8:30 am – 10:30 am: Opening General Session - Get focused
Live broadcast for virtual attendees.

2022 Ag Economy Outlook
Dr. Michael Swanson
, chief agricultural economist, Wells Fargo

Issues in the Current Labor Market
Glenn Spencer
, senior vice president, employment policy division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Catch Up Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Breakout Sessions – Go deeper
Recorded sessions available on demand for virtual attendees.

OSHA’s ETS and Other Significant Regulatory Updates
Jess McCluer
, vice president, safety and regulatory affairs, NGFA

Jess’ presentation will provide an update on emerging regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Topics will include OSHA’s policies, rulemakings and interpretations as well as continued enforcement within the grain handling industry through National, Regional and Local Emphasis Programs. In addition, Jess will provide an overview of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety and the subsequent COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, including the new vaccine mandate.

Creating Farmer Value in the Grain Buying Process
Ryan Walsh
, grain origination manger, CIH

Everyone gets wrapped up in market direction and picking the high. This breakout session explores repeatable ways grain buyers can create value in their farmer relationships. This session will include discussion on the types of tools and practices you can implement today at the elevator level to create win-wins for your business and the farmer.

Employees Resistant to Change? Practical Tips to Reduce Resistance and Improve Change Buy-In
Kristen Ireland and Erin Mies
, principals, People Spark Consulting

The only constant is change. Our industries are changing. Technology is changing. Our customers are changing.  Our employees are changing. And our businesses are changing in many ways – whether a leadership change, a change in our operating model or a merger or acquisition. But changes are not successful if we only focus on WHAT is changing, the success stories happen when we also focus on WHO is being asked to change – our employees. In this session Kristen and Erin will discuss the typical process people (including ourselves and our employees) go through during changes, identify how you can understand what your employees need from you in the change, based on their actions and words and share favorite tools to support your employees and encourage them to buy into these changes.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Buffet Lunch in Trade Show

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Breakout Sessions round two

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Catch Up Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: General Session Speaker - Think different
Recorded session available on demand for virtual attendees.

4:30 – 6:30 pm: Reception in Trade Show

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm: NextGen Reception

Thursday December 9, 2021

7:00 am – 11:00 am: Registration

7:00 am – 8:30 am: Buffet Breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am: Closing General Session - Think bigger
Live broadcast for virtual attendees.