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.”
Grain, feed and seed facilities are often faced with a dirty situation when designing dust collection for rail car and truck dump pits. Designing a dump pit with good dust collection in mind not only addresses the dirty situation, but can save you operational time and money.
Point-of-use dust collectors capture nuisance dust while keeping product with the grain stream.
We’ve all seen the headlines across social media about the potential for Cuban Cigars to be legalized. That’s because in December 2014, President Obama said the U.S. would soon re-establish relations with Cuba nearly 55 years after the trade embargo was enacted
Industrial facilities that use rail as a part of their operation move railcars by a variety of motive power types. No matter what type of motive power is used, applicable rail operating safety rules and procedures should be followed. Applying up-to-date rules and procedures to rail operations will enhance employee safety and facility efficiencies.
Having automated technology running operations in facilities has been an industry standard in the feed industry for years, and the grain industry is rapidly catching up. The advantages of the technology are numerous and evolving. Automation improves equipment life expectancy, employee safety and productivity, facility efficiency and ultimately profitability.
Feed & Grain is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 Harvest Photo Contest. Entries poured in from December 2014 until this February showcasing our readers’ ability to manage a record crop — some with limited access to rail or other shipping options. Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions!
The year 2014 ended as a mixed bag on the transportation front. Historically poor railroad performance in the Northern Plains and record-high costs for railcars were detrimental to many grain shippers. But on the bright side, Congress’ passage of the Waterways Resources Reform and Development Act recognized the importance of maintaining vital waterways like the Mississippi River.