PROGRAM

This year's program focuses on three central topics
: the current agricultural economy; immediate impact education; and a look into the future. Topics will be addressed during both general session webcasts and breakout webinars, with additional content available in the CEC media library.

All live sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees on the virtual event platform.

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Tuesday December 8

Must See General Session:
9:00 am CST | A Conversation with NGFA President and CEO Randy Gordon and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
During his last CEC before retiring in 2021 after a nearly 43-year career with NGFA,Randy and Secretary Perdue will have a wide-ranging conversation, touching on current USDA initiatives and Secretary Perdue's perspectives on agricultural and trade policies, innovation, and research that will be important to the future growth and economic success of U.S. agriculture.


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9:50 am CST | 2021 Ag Economy Outlook: Avoiding Landmines
Dr. Michael Gunderson, head of agriculture research and strategy at MetLife Investment Management’s Agricultural Finance Group, will outline the current state of the agricultural economy as well as explore plausible business scenarios under the next presidential administration in which the impacts on international trade and domestic demand may be significant. 

10:30 am CST | Speaker Meet & Greets 
Join our morning speakers in Zoom meeting rooms for a half hour of professional networking and additional opportunities for discussion and questions.

Lunchtime Breakout Webinar:
12:00 pm CST |
Timeless Grain Origination with White Commercial
When we asked you what topics would be most useful for you this year, many of the comments mentioned grain origination - so that is where White Commercial will go in this diverse panel discussion. While the market environment may require different tools at different times, an approach grounded in strong principles will help you be successful in any environment.  A panel of grain buyers that represent large and small companies, co-ops and independents will join Philip Luce of White Commercial Corp. to discuss WHY you buy grain is much more important than HOW.


Wednesday December 9

Must See General Session:
9:00 am CST | 
Cybersecurity Today: Ransomware and Beyond
Heather Hughes, vice president at Stroz Friedberg, and NGFA First Vice Chairman Greg Beck, senior vice president of the grain division at CGB Enterprises, will join forces to spotlight ransomware, a serious cybersecurity threat to your business in terms of time, money and data. Subject matter expert Heather will present information regarding what American businesses have been experiencing in terms of ransomware attacks and business email compromises (including the huge uptick in these activities since COVID-19), and Greg will provide an unflinching look at just how disruptive ransomware attacks can be to agribusiness organizations. In addition to providing an increased understanding of these cybersecurity threats, Heather also will provide tips and tricks to help safeguard your organization. 

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9:50 am CST | I
nside the U.S.-China Trade Negotiations
Ambassador Jeffrey Gerrish, who led U.S. negotiations for the U.S.-China Economic and Trade Agreement, will reflect on the agreement’s potential to transform the nations’ trading relationship as well as provide intriguing insider knowledge from his experiences during the negotiations.

10:30 am CST | Speaker Meet & Greets 
Join our morning speakers in Zoom meeting rooms for a half hour of professional networking and additional opportunities for discussion and questions.

Lunchtime Breakout Webinar:
12:00 pm CST | Understanding the 
CME Grain Delivery Process
The delivery process for grain and oilseed futures contracts is a black box for many people, yet its impacts can be wide-ranging.  Who is able to make or take delivery and under what circumstances might physical delivery occur?  What are the mechanics of the process, and what is the role that futures/cash convergence plays?  Perhaps most importantly, how does the making/taking of delivery affect the cash marketplace and the economics of utilizing futures for risk management, even if your facility is not regular for delivery?  During CEC, NGFA has asked Tom Coyle, recently retired Managing Director, North America of COFCO International US LLC – and one of the industry’s leading experts on delivery – to pull back the curtain for an unguarded and detailed discussion of delivery processes. 


 

Thursday December 10

Must See General Session:
9:00 am CST | 
After the Election: What’s Next for Agriculture Policy

January 20th will usher in a new administration under Present-elect Joe Biden. To help us understand what this may mean for ag, NGFA has tapped Phil Karsting, senior policy adviser for the Washington-based law firm of Olsson Frank Weeda Terman and Matz, to address CEC 2020. During the Biden campaign, Karsting, former administrator of USDA's Foreign Ag Service during the Obama administration, organized a group of “Rural 2020” thought leaders to provide input to the candidate and his policy team on agricultural and rural issues. At CEC 2020, he will provide an update on the transition already underway, as well as the Senate confirmation process to follow. Karsting will also discuss – to the extent he can – the Biden administration’s philosophical and strategic approach to agricultural and trade policy, as well as its focus on climate-change policy and rural development and how they may percolate into the new administration’s policymaking.


- Stretch Break -

9:50 am CST | 
Van Trump Reports
Kevin Van Trump, CEO at Farm Direction, author of The Van Trump Report, and founder of FARMCON, will discuss the unprecedented circumstances facing the U.S. and the world in 2021, what long-term impacts agriculture can expect from the coronavirus pandemic, and much more. 

10:30 am CST | Speaker Meet & Greets 
Join our morning speakers in Zoom meeting rooms for a half hour of professional networking and additional opportunities for discussion and questions.

Lunchtime Breakout Webinar:
12:00 pm CST Selling Safety: Effective Safety Communications
Safety is crucially important to the agricultural industry, but core messages often fail to land with the intended audience. Why is that? How can we “sell” safety more effectively? Join a panel of professionals from the agribusiness, technology, and film industries who have all attempted to “sell safety” in different ways. Does an appeal to a farmer’s family make the message stick? What about a feature film dramatizing a real-life grain bin engulfment? Do email marketing campaigns catch people’s attention or does the immediacy of a push notification make more of an impact? Use this interactive panel discussion as an opportunity to help guide your organization’s safety messaging efforts, or simply use it to become one more effective voice selling the message of safety.

Suggested Advance Viewing: Please watch SILO, produced by panelist Sam Goldberg, for relevant background information. SILO, a feature film released in 2019 about a grain bin entrapment in a small town, is available free of charge to all CEC attendees thanks to our generous sponsor GROWMARK. SILO screening times TBA.



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