Revving up for NGFA's annual event held in Indianapolis
The National Grain and Feed Association will hold the 2010 edition of the 39th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show Dec. 5-7 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel.
According to NGFA, the event is the single largest gathering of country elevator and feed manufacturer personnel. More than 500 industry members are expected to attend the day-and-a-half conference and trade show. The major trade show, which will occur Dec. 5-6 during the conference, is nearly sold out, and will feature 86 exhibits showcasing products and services essential to the grain, feed and processing industry. Also conducted in conjunction with the conference is an annual Leadership Conference with state and regional grain and feed associations affiliated with the NGFA, as well as a meeting of the NGFA's Country Elevator Committee.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has been confirmed as the keynote speaker. Frequently mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, Daniels has served as Indiana's 49th governor since 2004 and was reelected to a second term in 2008, receiving more votes than any candidate for public office in the state's history. He previously served as chief of staff to Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., was senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan and served as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the first term of President George W. Bush.
Daniels also served as chief executive officer for the Hudson Institute and was president of Eli Lilly and Co.'s North American Pharmaceutical Operations. As governor, Daniels led the state in 2005 to its first balanced budget in eight years, without a tax increase, and turned a $600 million deficit into a $370 million surplus within a year.
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