Winter Convention Schedule

Download Printable Schedule updated November 1st, 2019 

Sunday, Dec. 15

1 – 6 PM Venue Opens for Exhibitor Setup
  Board Meeting
4pm Pre-Conference Tour at Chief Agri (Must have 15 participants to have)

Monday, Dec. 16

8 AM – 4 PM Registration Booth Open
8:00 AM Trade Show Opens / Breakfast Begins
9:00 AM General Session – Leadership: You Have Everything You Need
Rena Striegel, Transition Point Business Advisors
10:00 AM Round 1: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
MERCHANDISING Helping Growers Navigate Changes in Pricing Environments – Contracting Choices and Volatility Implications
Ryan Walsh, Origination Desk Lead, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging (CIH)
SAFETY Creating and Maintaining Your Safety Culture
Marc McClure, General Manager, Occupational Safety Consultants
OPERATIONS Future of Rail Panel
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) – Jeff Davis
Union Pacific (UP) – TBA
Nebraska Central Railroad Company (NCRC) – TBA
Surface Transportation Board – Representative
Moderator: Mary Kennedy, DTN Basis Analyst
FEED Feed Biosecurity in the United States & the World
John Stewart, AFIA
11:00 AM Round 2: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
MERCHANDISING Our Transportation Infrastructure and Its Impact on Markets
Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition
SAFETY Are You Ready to Communicate in a Crisis?
Lani Jordan, Communications Consultant, Lani Jordan Communications
OPERATIONS Impacts of the Revised ARC Flash Calculation Standard on Your Facility’s Safety Program
Jeff Sobczyk, Senior Electrical Engineer, JEO Consulting
FEED What Does Your Label Actually Say? Is it Up to AAFCO Standards?
Midwest Laboratories
12:00 PM LUNCH & Trade Show
2:00 PM Round 3: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
MERCHANDISING Building Virtual Relations with Producers
Stephanie Liska, Director, Beck Ag
SAFETY Conversation Based Safety 
Joe Melton, DEKRA
OPERATIONS Nebraska DEQ Online Emission Reporting Training Update
Dave Brown, Air Emissions Quality Controller, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
FEED Feed & Grain Merchandising: A Basis-Centric Approach
Kaleb Christensen & Erik Hoegemeyer, Commodity Solutions
3:30 PM Round 4: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
MERCHANDISING Tips & Tricks to Reach Producers through Video & Social Media
Landon Rhodes, Owner, Grindstone Media
SAFETY Region 7 OSHA Update
Jeff Funke, OSHA Omaha Area Office Director
OPERATIONS Radar Love: How Non-Contact Sensors Are Transforming the Grain Industry
Nathan Grube, Regional Sales Manager, BinMaster Level Controls
FEED Growing Value-Added Ag In Nebraska Panel
Lincoln Premium Poultry – Jessica Kolterman
Nebraska Pork Board – Al Juhnke
Nebraska Dairy Association – Kris Bousquet
Moderator: Nebraska Department of Economic Development
4:30 PM Trade Show Closes
4:30 PM Networking at Cunningham’s on the Lake
6:00 PM Banquet & Entertainment Magician & Mentalist Joe Brogie

Tuesday, Dec. 17

8:00 AM Trade Show Opens / Breakfast Begins
9:30 AM State and Federal Updates on Grain, Feed, & Ethanol
American Feed Industry Association, John Stewart, Director of Membership and Stakeholder Engagement
National Grain and Feed Association, David Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services
Nebraska Ethanol Board, Roger Berry, Administrator
Moderator: Kristi Block, Nebraska Grain and Feed Association
10:30 AM Round 5: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
MERCHANDISING International Markets – Future of Grain & Feed Globally
Jared Morgan, Education Programming, INTL FCStone
SAFETY Standing Up for Safety as A Young Manager
Dustin Toberman, District Manager, Bunge
OPERATIONS Reliability Centered Maintenance
Edward LaPrenze, Sales & Marketing Director, Pepper Maintenance Systems
FEED Implementing Sanitary Transportation Under FSMA
David Fairfield, Vice President of Feed Services, National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)
11:30 AM Round 6: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
MERCHANDISING US and Japan Economic Relationship
Ralph Inforzato & Tsubasa Hashimoto, JETRO
SAFETY Growing a Safety Culture Remotely
Stephanie Liska, Director, Beck Ag
OPERATIONS Mergers & Acquisition Basics and Regional Market Update
Bill Kennedy, Lutz Consulting and M&A Shareholder, Lutz
FEED The Latest on Grain Composition and Feed Efficiency
Galen Erickson, Beef Feedlot Nutrition Specialist and Extension Specialist, UNL Animal Science Research
12:30 – 4:00 PM Trade Show Closes / Tear Down
1:30 PM Convention Adjourns
2:00 – 5:00 PM
FGIS Wheat Grading (Additional Cost)

Clayton Hansen, Federal Grain Inspection Services
 













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