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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Summer Convention & Golf Tournament

Start Date: 8/1/2019 7:00 AM CDT
End Date: 8/1/2019 7:00 PM CDT

Venue Name: Lochland Country Club

601 W Lochland Road
Hastings, NE  United States  68901

Organization Name: Nebraska Grain and Feed Association

Laura Dwyer
Email: laura.dwyer@negfa.org
Phone: 4024766174

Sponsor: Thank You to Our Sponsors

Please join us for our Annual Summer Convention and Golf Tournament. This year we're at the Lochland Country Club in Hastings, NE! (Registration includes lunch, dinner, and refreshments.)

Downloadable Sponsorship Form or you can add a sponsorship while registering online. At checkout, ask for an invoice so that NEGFA staff can add Free Convention or Golf Registration(s), as applicable.


7:00 AM Registration/Sign-In Corn & Soybean Grading
8:00 AM Dealer's Program: Welcome & Introductions Clayton Hansen, Grain Inspector, Federal Grain Inspection Services (FGIS)
8:15 AM From Safety to Policy: Increasing Employee Engagement
Bill Spreeman, VP Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for Agtegra Cooperative
& Joe Melton, Director of Consulting Services, DEKRA Safety Management Services
This session will describe the Agtegra Cooperatives actual evolution from a traditional safety culture to a safety culture owned and driven by an empowered and impassioned workforce. The Agtegra Cooperative “Safety Culture” story will be shared with key milestones outlined and described for the attendees. Traditional (lagging indicators) and innovative (leading indicators) performance metrics will be discussed. Challenges faced as well as accomplishments will be shared.
This presentation is appropriate for: Those organizations seeking to accomplish world-class Safety performance levels that are sustained by an empowered and passionate workforce. All levels of safety and operations leaders who are looking for a way to “make a difference” when it comes to their employees safety.  
The grain grading seminar will address and display many different grain samples for corn and soybeans. Presentation on the grading and appeal process will be given. Participants will learn the Official U.S. Grades and how to obtain a representative sample. Attendees will also learn how to recognize grain damage factors.
Need Grain Grading Supplies?
Check out the NEGFA Store.
9:30 AM Creatively Leading in Today's Workplace
Christopher Hochstetler, Hastings College Director of Innovation and Creativity
Chris will discuss the importance of creative management and leadership styles in the modern workforce. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook. Interaction is encouraged between participants and instructors regarding specific challenges they are encountering. Any samples giving you trouble? Bring one or two samples for the experts to check out!
Corn & Soybean Grading Cont.
10:30 AM Golf Training Demo – Need some pointers on your swing? We’re going to have someone here to help.  
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Shotgun Start/ Golf Tournament Begins
5:30 PM Awards and Dinner

Substitutions are welcome. Cancellations are nonrefundable unless we are notified at least 72 hours (three business days) prior. Please advise in advance if sending a substitute for certification and name badge purposes.

About Our Speakers

Bill Spreeman, AgTegraBill Spreeman, Vice President of Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Agtegra Cooperative

Bill has been responsible for the Safety and Environmental Affairs for Agricultural related operations for over 25 years. Prior to that, he was responsible for Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for Paper and Wood manufacturing corporations, Food processing operations, and Oil and Gas operations. Bill has been involved in the management of Environmental, Safety, and Regulatory compliance for over 35 years.  Bill earned his master’s degree in Science of Management (MSM) from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Joe Melton
Joe Melton has eleven years of experience practicing in safety-related fields and eight years specializing as a safety professional focusing primarily in Behavioral Safety, Safety Culture, Safety Management System analysis, leadership development and auditing safety systems. Joe has received Bachelor degrees in both Political Science and History. Joe also has safety declarations as a Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) - General Industry, Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) – Construction and Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) - General industry.
Joe is well versed in working with organizations in identifying physical property risk, and systemic safety improvements while offering a reasonable business solution. These solutions have included but limited to engineering improvements, knowledge gap reductions, and safety management system modification. Joe has experience primarily working with smaller to medium size organizations to install and ultimately to sustain a positive safety culture that emphasizes employee engagement and continuous improvement of a successful safety workplace.

Chris Hochstetler, Dean, HastingsChris Hochstetler, Dean of Innovation and Creativity, Hastings College

Hochstetler grew up in central Nebraska and graduated from Grand Island Senior High. He earned a B.S. in Legal Studies and a History minor from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Public Administration, specializing in nonprofit management and leadership, from Walden University. He has served as the Director of Fund Development for the Missionary Society of St. Columban, an international missionary society, and as Senior Vice President of Resource Development for the American Lung Association. After high school, he joined the Army and had a 20-year career, serving in various assignments and locations, including Europe and Iraq. He is a combat veteran, and his last assignment was the Acting Battalion Sergeant Major of the Army’s only Special Operations Recruiting Battalion. 

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