My absolute favorite time of year is just around the corner! Autumn holds a special place in my heart for many reasons: the abundant, changing leaves make it the most beautiful time of year here in Wisconsin, it’s when harvest gets underway in most parts of the country, and it’s back-to-school season!
Now, as a parent, “back-to-school” is music to my ears for obvious reasons, but even as a young student, I always loved the beginning of the schoolyear. Maybe it was all the shopping for new supplies, locker decorations, clothes and shoes, but it was also the excitement of reconnecting with friends, learning from new teachers and the anticipation of mastering new skills and subjects.
That same type of enthusiasm has been rekindled in me with our upcoming Feed & Grain LIVE conference later this month. Our event will be the perfect backdrop for networking with well-known contacts, in addition to brand-new ones, with our opening night reception, breakfast and lunch.
Our opening and closing keynote addresses — given by Rod Paulson, vice president of CHS Processing, and Ambassador Darci Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, respectively — will give you the opportunity to learn from people who have made, and continue to make, a real impact on our industry.
Meanwhile, other teachers will conduct “classes,” or concurrent sessions, on the subjects that matter most in your day-to-day lives — feed safety, grain testing, personnel management and preventive safety. These sessions were developed by industry experts in their field under the direction of our editorial staff, and promise to deliver immediate take-home value.
And finally, our trade show will help take care of your facility’s supply list with more than 40 exhibitors, providing products and services in categories such as material handling, grain storage, automation systems, feed milling equipment and facility design/engineering.
Perhaps the biggest difference between Feed & Grain LIVE and institutional education is our emphasis on continued learning as opposed to a diploma or degree being the end game. While some of your jobs may require a certification or to earn credits, many of you simply aspire to gain a better understanding of how to perform your job in the feed and grain industry.
You can rest assured that as long as there are critical issues that require education, Feed & Grain will be here to facilitate your learning in many forms — be it print, digitally or LIVE.