ARLINGTON, VIRGINA, US — The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has announced the confirmed speaker lineup for its 126th annual convention, March 13-15, at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, US.

 Confirmed convention general session speakers include:

  • Jay Debertin, president and chief executive officer of CHS Inc.;
  • JoAnn Brouillette, managing partner and president of Demeter LP and chairman of the NGFA board of directors;
  • Pat Bowe, president and CEO of The Andersons, Inc.;
  • Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and elections analyst for CQ Roll Call.

More general session speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

“Focusing on ‘Adapting, Advocating and Advancing’ in 2022, NGFA’s members and industry leaders will gather together to explore the most important issues facing the industry in the year ahead, including immediate challenges in the agricultural supply chain,” said Mike Seyfert, president and chief executive officer of NGFA. “We’ll also be reflecting on the ways our industry will continue adapting to new challenges, including workforce shortages and a changing political landscape. 

“I’m also looking forward to welcoming emerging leaders to our convention this year, including the new class of the NGFA Committee Apprentice Program (CAP) and our first National Grain and Feed Foundation scholarship winners from the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student society.”

The convention also includes a Transportation and Technology Open Forum on March 13 featuring experts on rail, transloading, ports and ocean freight, including:

  • Stephen Paul, vice president of supply chain logistics at Ray-Mont Logistics
  • Ted Johnson, director of marketing for agricultural and food products at CSX
  • Micah Mallace, senior vice president for sales and marketing at South Carolina Ports Authority
  • Thomas Mathiesen, vice president of sales for the South Atlantic at Hapag Lloyd

View the convention schedule, which includes information on NGFA business meetings, the golf tournament to benefit the National Grain and Feed Foundation and networking events.