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NGFA addresses biofuels and grain market

The US National Grain and Feed Association's (NGFA) 36th annual Country Elevator and 11th annual Feed Industry Conference focuses on the impact of biofuels on the feed industry, grain market projections, and developments in food and feed safety.

The conference is scheduled for Dec. 9-11 in Chicago, USA. More than 600 industry members are expected to attend the day-and-a-half conference and trade show, which will be conducted at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel.

Established in 1896, the NGFA consists of 900 grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate about 6,000 facilities that handle more than 70% of all US grains and oilseeds.

Speakers to the conference will be:

  • Senator Richard Durbin, D-Ill., the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a leader on food and feed safety policy, agricultural and trade policy and agricultural biotechnology.
  • Dr. David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food protection at the US Food and Drug Administration.
  • Marty Ruikka, a principal with the ProExporter Network, Chelsea, MI
  • Blairo Maggi, the world's largest soybean producer and governor of the state of Mato Grasso in Brazil
  • Mike Leister, Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC
  • Tom Williamson, president, Transportation Consultants Co., Leawood, KS
  • Kyle Hancock, vice president, industrial and agricultural products for CSX Transportation Co., Jacksonville, FL

The conference will close on Dec. 11 with another major program session focusing on market factors and grain market projections for the coming year, featuring several top grain market analysts.

Other major sessions during the conference will focus on agricultural biotechnology and the status of major farm policy and international trade developments.

Among the featured speakers are:

  • Famed farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson, WGN Radio and Television, Chicago.
  • Jeff Cox, president of Syngenta Seeds Inc., Golden Valley, MN
  • James Wiesemeyer (invited), Informa Economics Inc., Washington, D.C., who will examine prospects for the 2007 farm bill and free trade agreements in the coming year.

The conference also features an industry trade show on Dec. 9-10.

Registration and conference program information is available from NGFA's website

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