ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, US — The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) will host its 49th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC) virtually.

Due to the continued coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the association made the decision to switch to a virtual event for the health and safety of all. The event will still be held Dec. 8-10, 2020.

“During what continues to be a COVID-19-disrupted year, we’re grateful for the ability to provide a state-of-the-art virtual platform that our members will be able to use to access the great, practical program content to be conveyed, as well as to safely network virtually with hundreds of their peers in the grain, feed and processing industry during this year’s conference,” said Randy Gordon, president and chief executive officer of the NGFA. “Plus, this all-virtual event will give NGFA the flexibility to offer a wider variety of program content spread out over multiple days that will be tailored to each attendees’ availability and interest, with the opportunity for personal interactions with elite guest speakers.”

The NGFA is working to finalize the CEC program and delivery platform, which will be announced with start of conference registration on Sept. 29.

This will not be the NGFA’s first time hosting a virtual event. The association said it has conducted several large-scale virtual events over the past few months and has been consistently gratified by its members’ adaptability and the level of engagement they have demonstrated.

“Thanks to a new online event platform purchased by NGFA and the ingenuity of our Country Elevator Committee and staff, CEC devotees don’t have to miss out on the valuable connections or programming content they have come to associate with this conference, which has a well-earned reputation for being the meeting of the year for country elevator managers and their key employees,” said Rebecca Grubbs, vice president of meetings and marketing for the NGFA. “And if you have never attended CEC, this will be the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of one of NGFA’s flagship events. Either way, NGFA is ready to deliver a unique and engaging experience … directly to your desk.  ‘See’ you virtually this December.”

To register or for more information about the conference, visit the event website.