NGFA’s 50th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show is Dec. 7-9  

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 3, 2021 -- The National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) 50th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC) takes place in Chicago from Dec. 7-9 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, featuring experts on the future of agricultural policy, the labor shortage, cybersecurity threats, the economic outlook and more. 

Each day offers hours of trade show activity and networking opportunities. This year’s CEC also offers online access to watch sessions on demand. Early-bird registration rates expire on Nov. 9! 

“NGFA’s Country Elevator Committee and staff have put together a well-rounded program that demonstrates why CEC is considered the ‘meeting of the year’ for country elevator managers, merchants and personnel,” said Country Elevator Committee Chairman Robert Geers, vice president of merchandising at Michigan Agricultural Commodities in Lansing, Mich. “CEC provides a unique opportunity to gain the most timely and actionable information that can make a difference in your business operations and bottom lines. And of course, the exhibitor trade show and networking events offer plenty of time to connect with industry colleagues and introduce new NGFA members to a career path in the grain industry.”

Confirmed sessions so far include: 
“2022 Economic Outlook” with Michael Swanson, chief agricultural economist at Wells Fargo; 
“U.S. Labor Issues” with Glenn Spencer, senior vice president, employment policy division at U.S. Chamber of Commerce;
“What’s Happening in Washington” with Jim Wiesemeyer, Washington policy analyst at Pro Farmer and Farm Journal; 
“Cybersecurity and Ag” with Victoria Myers, senior editor at The Progressive Farmer, Sara Engstrom, CISO, VP IT security, productivity and privacy at CHS Inc., and Jim O’Conner, Chief Information Security Officer at Cargill;
“Sustainability in the Supply Chain: What it Means for Country Elevators” with Max Mobley, general manager at Thresher Artesian Wheat, Ellie Murphy, director of sustainability and food safety at CGB, and Cory Winstead, CEO of FS Grain, LLC; 
“OSHA’s ETS and Other Significant Regulatory Updates” with Jess McCluer, vice president, safety and regulatory affairs at NGFA, and Glenn Spencer, senior vice president, employment policy division at U.S. Chamber of Commerce;
“How to Create Business Value by Creating Farmer Value in the Grain Buying Process” with Ryan Walsh, grain origination manger at CIH; and
“Practical Tips to Reduce Employee Resistance and Improve Change Buy-In” with Kristen Ireland and Erin Mies, principals of People Spark Consulting.

More speakers are to be announced soon. Learn more about the program, venue and how to register here

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The NGFA, established in 1896, consists of grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate more than 8,000 facilities handling U.S. grains and oilseeds. Its membership includes grain elevators; feed and feed ingredient manufacturers; biofuels companies; grain and oilseed processors and millers; exporters; livestock and poultry integrators; and associated firms that provide goods and services to the nation’s grain, feed and processing industry. The NGFA consists of 27 affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, is co-located and has a strategic alliance with North American Export Grain Association, and a strategic alliance with Pet Food Institute.