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October 16, 2014 |

Join the Largest Gathering of Country Elevator Personnel in the Nation

The 2014 Country Elevator Conference in Indianapolis promises to build on last year’s event

Attendees fill an education session during the 2013 NGFA Country Elevator in Omaha, NE.
Indianapolis, IN, plays host to the National Grain and Feed Association’s Country Elevator Conference early this winter from Dec. 7-9, 2014. The event will take place at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, and will draw in representatives from grain elevators from across the nation. Last years’ conference, which is considered the largest gathering of country elevator personnel in the nation, in St. Louis drew more than 650 NGFA members. Attendees can network with veterans and those new to the industry during breaks and meals that are designed to give opportunities to meet and greet.
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The Country Elevator Conference has just the right mixture of political and practical advice. During conference programming breaks, the trade show will be open for attendants to visit with each other, and view new products and services from  companies that serve country elevators. The trade show also will be a great time to grab a snack and a drink and catch up with old friends or meet new contacts.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Country Elevator Conference Registration
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Leadership Conference for State/Regional Associations Affiliated with NGFA (by invitation only)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
NGFA Country Elevator Committee Meeting (open to NGFA members)
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
New Kid on the Block – FDA Inspections of Grain Elevators (open to all conference registrants at no additional charge; hosted by NGFA Country Elevator Committee)
4 – 7 p.m.
Trade Show Open
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception in Trade Show
6 p.m.
Meet & Greet Social for Relatively New Members to the Industry
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Country Elevator Conference Registration
6:30 – 8 a.m.
Idea-Exchange Continental Breakfast – Trade Show Open
7 – 8 a.m.
NGFA Grain and Feed PAC Breakfast
8 a.m.
Conference Convenes
• Welcome to Indiana
• NGFA Priorities for 2015
• Wrap-up of the 2014 Elections and Congressional Agenda for 2015
9:15 a.m.
Overview of the World Grain Situation
10:15 a.m.
• NGFA Policy Minute – FDA’s Food and Feed Safety Rulemakings – Impacts on Country Elevators
• Enhancing Communication, Coaching and Goal Setting
• NGFA Policy Minute – NGFA’s Litigation against OSHA’s Designation of Dust as a Chemical Hazard and EPA’s Proposed Rule on New Source Performance Standards
11:15 a.m.
2014 Farm Bill – What’s In It & Its Impact on Producer Behavior
Noon – 2 p.m.
Walk-Around Lunch in Trade Show
12:15 – 2:15 p.m.
NGFA Grain and Feed PAC Committee Meeting
2 p.m.
Theft and Other Loss-Prevention Strategies
3:15 p.m.
Emerging Technologies in Agriculture
5 p.m.
Conference Recesses

5 – 7 p.m.
Trade Show Open
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Country Elevator Conference Reception in Trade Show

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
6:30 – 8 a.m.
Idea-Exchange Continental Breakfast
8 a.m.
Country Elevator Conference Reconvenes
• NGFA Policy Minute – “Update on CFTC Rulemaking”
• Rail Service and New Rules Affecting Trucking
• NGFA Policy Minute – “NGFA’s Actions on Rail Service and Rulemakings”
• Developing a More Standardized Approach to Biotech Product Launches, Stewardship and Liability
• NGFA Policy Minute – “Potential Impact of GMO Labeling on Grain Handlers”
11 a.m.
The War for Employees
11:45 a.m.
Closing Remarks

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