- Rail Open Forum: This session will feature two topics. The impact of increased gas and crude oil production on freight demand for freight rail service will be the topic addressed by Lynn Hiser, vice president of logistics for Fairmount Minerals, Wedron, Ill., and Paul Titterton, vice president and group executive for fleet management, marketing and government affairs at GATX Corp., Chicago, Ill. A second panel will focus on the impacts of the new food/feed safety law on rail car cleanliness, and will feature NGFA Rail Shipper-Receiver Committee Chairman Dan Mack, vice president of transportation and terminal operations at CHS Inc., St. Paul, Minn.; and NGFA Director of Feed Services David Fairfield.
Other NGFA convention program topics and speakers on March 19-20 include:
- An economic outlook for 2012, featuring Terry Barr, director of the Knowledge Exchange Group at CoBank, Denver, Colo.
- A discussion of the burdens imposed on business by federal government overregulation, including examples relevant to the grain, feed and grain processing sectors, by Marc Freedman, director of labor law policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
- A management perspective on mitigating safety and health risks for employees in the workplace, featuring Eric Conn, head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) practice at the Washington-based law firm of Epstein Becker Green. Conn will share ideas on what senior managers should consider as part of a robust safety and health program to protect employees, as well as ways to manage regulatory challenges from OSHA.
- Addresses by NGFA Chairman Hal Reed, chief operating officer for The Andersons, Maumee, Ohio, and former President Kendell W. Keith, Alexandria, Va. Keith will provide perspectives from his 31 years with the NGFA’s staff, 25 years of which he served as the association’s president.
The NGFA’s convention also will feature working sessions of most of the association’s 17 committees addressing the most pressing issues facing grain elevators, commercial feed mills, feed ingredient manufacturers, integrated livestock and poultry operations, and grain processors, millers and exporters. Virtually all NGFA committee meetings are open to all convention registrants.
The convention also features a golf tournament to benefit the National Grain and Feed Foundation, established in 1965 to pursue research and education initiatives to benefit the grain, feed and grain processing industry. An “Ag Village” trade show also will take place.
Complete convention program, registration and hotel information is available at the NGFA’s web site at www.ngfa.org, or by contacting the NGFA at 202-289-0873.