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June 09, 2016 | Elise Schafer

The Countdown Is On

Reserve your spot now for the newest must-attend event in 2016

I know we all have deadlines, but do you ever feel like they’re closing in on you everywhere you look? I do! Take for example the countdown to the end of Feed & Grain Live’s early bird registration discount. There’s a live ticker on our website,, and as I log onto the page at least a dozen times a day, I see the seconds tick away at the top of the screen: “Early bird registration closes in 43 days, 12 hours, 27 minutes and 08 … 07 … 06 … 05 … seconds.”

By the time you read this, there will be far fewer days left on that countdown, but what does it mean to you? That time is running out to save $100 off registration for our new two-day conference and trade show! Of course you can sign up for Feed & Grain Live after the early bird rate expires and it goes up to $260, but who doesn’t love saving money?

If you’re a feed mill manager, grain elevator manager, safety director or an integrated livestock or poultry facility manager, you won’t want to miss this event. Feed & Grain Live will take place in Altoona, IA, at Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino Aug. 22-23 and feature an educational program with three tracks: Feed, Grain and Management & Safety. Additionally, it’ll have insightful opening and closing keynote addresses, a trade show with exhibitors who supply the equipment, products and services you rely on for daily operations, and a networking reception. Space is limited, so hurry and sign up soon! Find more information online at Live.

Another big deadline that we in the grain industry have been anticipating for years is the opening of the Panama Canal expansion — the subject of this issue’s cover story, Panama Canal Increases Opportunity Across the Pond.

When the Panama Canal Authority announced the project in 2007, it said the expansion would be open for business in 2014. But after a series of delays, it’s finally upon us this May. The expanded capacity at the canal holds incredible potential for U.S. agriculture, but time is of the essence. Lawmakers must act now (or should have a long time ago) to fund updates to our crumbling inland waterways infrastructure so we can take full advantage of the expanded capacity. Turn to pg. 14 to read more on this.

And finally, some countdowns are more joyful than others, like the one I’m quickly closing in on with the addition of a new family member. I eagerly look forward to the new life this spring will bring, and will return to Feed & Grain this summer, in time to greet you in person at Feed & Grain Live!

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