Diverse group of speakers enhance annual business conference
The National Grain and Feed Association’s 115th Annual Convention will be held at the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego March 13-15, 2011. The event offers many opportunities for industry colleagues and customers to discuss business matters and network.
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The NGFA convention's sessions feature a diverse group of speakers addressing the issues important to NGFA members.
• Greg Page, chairman and CEO, Cargill Inc., will provide his views on the general business climate, Cargill's priorities and future business prospects in his keynote address.
• As the leading organization representing the interests of agricultural shippers and receivers, NGFA's annual convention is a forum for members to meet with their rail carriers to discuss business issues. Matt Rose, president and CEO, BNSF Railway, will share his views on the railroads' service to U.S. agriculture and the business climate for rail transportation.
• The Hudson Institute's Dennis Avery and PRX Geographic's Marty Ruikka team up on a thought-provoking program title, "Climate Change: Impacts on Crop Production and Sustainability" that may challenge the ways we think about climate change and its impacts.
• Formerly a partner at the NGFA’s outside counsel and now managing partner at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Melissa Bailey has represented companies in major proceedings before OSHA and will share her unique insights on today’s changed regulatory climate in her presentation, “OSHA – The NewRisk Factor for Grain, Feed and Processing Facility Managers.”
With the establishment of its Information Technology Innovation Award, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), in partnership with AgGateway and Feed & Grain magazine, recognizes leading feed and grain industry companies that incorporate new, advanced technologies in their routine business practices to help meet the demand of a rapidly developing world population.
Some folks may argue that superior customer service might be more important for retail stores, rather than a business like a grain elevator or feed mill. But it can make a difference in the competitive feed and grain industry — for the very reason that it is competitive. You do have competitors, and attracting and keeping more business is a desirable strategy.
Though known for its inclement weather and dairy production, according to the USDA’s Crop Production Summary for 2013, Wisconsin was ninth in corn production and 15th in soybean production, despite having a wet harvest season. Looking at what the members of Landmark Services Cooperative needed now, and looking forward to what they will need in the future, the co-op built a new grain facility in Fall River, WI, to give them plenty of speed, space and markets — everything a farmer needs to grow....