Grain & Feed Association of IL

Virtual GFAI Convention

Virtual One Day Convention

Convention Agenda 

9:00-9:30 am                ANNUAL MEETING

9:30-10:20 am              KEYNOTE SPEAKER – sponsored by GFAI Energy Consortium
“The Industry Today and Observations for the Future” 
Greg Beck, Senior Vice President of the Grain Division, Consolidated Grain & Barge

10:20-10:30 am            MORNING BREAK

10:30-11:00 am            MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose 1) – sponsored by Illinois Soybean Association
                                          A. “What’s on the Horizon for the 2021 Agricultural Trade Agenda”
                                               Jason Hafemeister, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at USDA

                                          B. “The Backbone of our Economy”
                                               Tom Heinold, Chief of Operations Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

                                          C. “South American Agriculture – A First Hand Look”
                                                Tom Hoffman, Commodity Trader at Cargill


11:25-12:30 pm            LUNCH BREAK

12:30-1:00 pm              AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose 1) – sponsored by Soybean
                                          A. “Grain Elevator Outlook 2021”
                                                Ken Zuckerberg, Lead Economist for Grain & Feed Supply at CoBank 
                                                Jonathan Fuller, Relationship Manager, CoBank 

                                          B.  “Building Back Better With Biofuels: An Update on the Ethanol Industry”
                                                 Chris Bliley, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
                                          C.  “Merchandising in a Demand Driven Market”
                                                Curt Strubhar, Commercial Merchandising Consultant & Vice-Chairman, Advance Trading, Inc. 

1:00-1:10 pm                AFTERNOON BREAK

1:10-1:20 pm                PARTICIPATION PRIZE DRAWING (win a $25 e-gift card)

1:20-2:00 pm                CLOSING SESSION – sponsored by CoBank
                                         “High Impact Meteorology in Production Agriculture” 
                                          Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist of Nutrien Ag Solutions

2:00 pm                          CLOSING REMARKS

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