ARLINGTON, VIRIGINIA, US — The National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) is planning to host its 125th annual convention June 2-4, at The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US.

This year’s convention will be a hybrid event. Virtual attendance and registration are available for the full convention to those unable to attend in person. Virtual attendees will be able to log into NGFA’s online event platform to view all live speaker presentations, as well as participate in virtual meeting rooms with speakers, vendors and NGFA colleagues across the country.

During the convention, NGFA will celebrate “Transforming America’s Harvest” with speakers and virtual events that focus on the future of the industry and how to best position it to continue enhancing the growth and economic performance of US agriculture in a global, open market environment. 

“We are excited to have this opportunity to safely gather our association members and industry leaders. We have a tremendous line up of speakers who are business leaders and will address the many opportunities and challenges affecting the grain, feed, processing and export markets,” said Mike Seyfert, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of NGFA. “NGFA has seen many changes in its 125 years. This year will be no different as we offer, for the first time, a virtual attendance option for convention.”

All attendees gain entry to NGFA’s custom convention platform with access to live speaker presentations, session recordings, Ag Village exhibitor materials and virtual meeting rooms, as well as online networking with NGFA staff and other attendees.

The convention begins with a “Transportation and Technology Open Forum” on June 2 featuring:

  • Charley Moore, senior vice president agriculture sales at Trinity Rail;
  • Martin Oberman, chairman of the US Surface Transportation Board;
  • Jeff Schreiner, CEO of Roger LLC; and
  • Tracy Zea, president and CEO of Waterways Council Inc.

Convention general sessions on June 3-4 will focus on international trade, sustainability and conservation, and the strategic outlook for the grain, feed, processing and export industry and US agriculture. Confirmed speakers include:

  • JoAnn Brouillette, managing partner and president of Demeter LP and chairman of the NGFA board of directors;
  • Kathryn Farmer, president and CEO of BNSF;
  • Thomas Halverson, president and CEO of CoBank;
  • David MacLennan, CEO of Cargill; and
  • Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, Inc.
  • More speakers to be announced.

For those attending at The Broadmoor, all health and safety precautions to address COVID-19 as mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of Colorado will be deployed during the convention, with The Broadmoor and the NGFA enforcing all social distancing, sanitizing and mask-wearing protocols.

For more information about the event or to register, visit the convention website.