The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is excited to announce that the 49th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC) will be conducted virtually from Dec. 8-10!
NGFA staff and industry leadership reached this decision after ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation with respect to large group gatherings like CEC, after evaluating the results of a survey conducted of past attendees and NGFA members and analyzing myriad ways to deliver rewarding virtual events. In addition, discussions with the Kansas City hotel venue that was to host the conference revealed that the numerous necessary event format changes would result in a suboptimal attendee experience. That led NGFA to conclude that to conduct CEC 2020 in a safe, legal and responsible manner that is also rewarding for attendees, the best course of action was to do so virtually.
“During what continues to be a COVID-19-disrupted year, we’re grateful for the ability to provide a state-of-the-art virtual platform that our members will be able to use to access the great, practical program content to be conveyed, as well as to safely network virtually with hundreds of their peers in the grain, feed and processing industry during this year’s conference,” said NGFA President and CEO Randy Gordon. “Plus, this all-virtual event will give NGFA the flexibility to offer a wider variety of program content spread out over multiple days that will be tailored to each attendees’ availability and interest, with the opportunity for personal interactions with elite guest speakers.”
NGFA staff is in the process of finalizing this year’s CEC program and delivery format, which will be announced when conference registration begins on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
NGFA has conducted several large scale virtual events over the past few months and has been consistently gratified by its members' adaptability and the level of engagement they have demonstrated.
"Thanks to a new online event platform purchased by NGFA and the ingenuity of our Country Elevator Committee and staff, CEC devotees don’t have to miss out on the valuable connections or programming content they’ve come to associate with this conference, which has a well-earned reputation for being the meeting of the year for country elevator managers and their key employees,” said NGFA Vice President for Meetings and Marketing Rebecca Grubbs. “And if you’ve never attended CEC, this will be the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of one of NGFA’s flagship events. Either way, NGFA is ready to deliver a unique and engaging experience…directly to your desk. ‘See’ you virtually this December!”