- The Market Outlook for 2012: One of the nation’s foremost market analysts, Steve Freed, director of research at ADM Investor Services in Chicago, will provide insights into the grain and oilseed market for the coming year, and discuss potential merchandising strategies for 2012. Freed oversees the analysis of all market information and the trading strategies for more than 800 brokers for ADM.
- Weather and Climate Change, and Their Impacts on U.S. and World Agriculture: One of the nation’s most informative and engaging climatologists, Dr. Elwynn Taylor, professor of agricultural meteorology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, will examine volatile weather phenomena, and the impact longer-term climate change could have on U.S. and world crop production.
- Managing Commercialization of Biotech Crops: Dr. Randal Giroux, vice president, corporate food safety, quality and regulatory at Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., will examine key issues swirling around the development and introduction of biotechnology-enhanced crop traits. He will focus on the management challenges presented by traits that have functionally different properties that make them inappropriate for commingling with conventional or other biotech-enhanced varieties above certain threshold levels, as well as commercially introduced traits that have not received approval in significant U.S. export markets. And he will preview the kinds of biotech-enhanced traits – many of them stacked varieties – that are in the pipeline for release in coming years.
- Preparing for an OSHA Inspection – Your Rights and Obligations: The closing session will feature Eric Conn, head of the OSHA practice at the Washington-based law firm of Epstein Becker Green, who will discuss how managers can protect their interests as OSHA ramps up its inspections of grain-handling facilities.
In addition, NGFA Chairman Hal Reed, president of the Grain and Ethanol Group at The Andersons, Maumee, Ohio, will discuss the NGFA’s top policy priorities for 2012.
Further, a major trade show conducted on Dec. 11-12 in conjunction with the conference will feature a record number of 91 exhibitors showcasing products and services essential to the efficient operations of the grain, feed and processing industry.
Also conducted in conjunction with the conference is an annual Leadership Conference with NGFA-affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, as well as a meeting of the NGFA’s Country Elevator Committee.
Conference program and registration information is available by contacting the NGFA at 202-289-0873, or by visiting its website at www.ngfa.org.