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“Must-See” NGFA Sessions
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has scheduled a strong lineup of educational sessions in conjunction with the meetings of the Feed Industry Council and Country Elevator Council,

Dec. 4-6, Hyatt Regency Union Station, St. Louis, Mo. Here’s a quick look at what to expect:

Monday Afternoon, December 5:

Sessions (tentative) for feed mill owners & mid-level managers:
• Markets for DDGS - Quality Standards & Utilization in Feed Rations
• Feed Manufacturing Operations (Pelleting & Safety)
• Feed Marketing & Sales
• Feed Safety Initiatives by FDA & Association of American Feed Control Officials Government Feed Safety Initiatives:
• Potential Changes to U.S. & Canadian BSE-Prevention Feed Regulations
• FDA’s Animal Feed Safety System & Voluntary Self-Inspection Program
• Canada’s Good Manufacturing Practice & HACCP Initiatives

• Association of American Feed Control Officials Model Feed Safety Regulation Panelists:
• Daniel G. McChesney (confirmed), director, Office of Surveillance & Compliance, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
• Judy Thompson (invited), AAFCO president and official, Canadian Food Inspection Service
• Kathleen Sullivan (invited), general manager, Animal Nutrition Association of Canada
• Joe Garber (confirmed), chairman, NGFA Feed Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee, nutritional services coordinator, Wenger’s Feed Mill Inc.
Sessions (tentative) for country elevators and
their employees:

• Farm Bill Outlook
• Grain-Handling Operations (Grain Quality & IP Grain)
• Customer Service to Farmer-Customers Through Electronic Platforms
• Grain Transportation Forecast, Meetings with Rail Carriers
NGFA Program ScheduleMonday, December 5:
• Market Environment for Grain, Feed & Feed Ingredients in 2006
• Steve Freed (invited), ADM Investor Services, Chicago, IL Ethanol & Biodiesel-Driven Changes:

How Will They Influence Cropping Mixes?
• Bill Motes, Informa Economics (formerly Sparks Companies), McLean, VA

Understanding New Generation Grain Contracts From a Producer Perspective
Steve Johnson , Iowa State University, Ames, IA

• 2007 Farm Bill: Likely Outcomes
Keith Collins (invited), chief economist, USDA, Washington, DC

• Feed Marketing & Sales: Key Account Selling & Strategies to Increase Market Share; Motivating Your Work Force
Steve Duea, president, Personnel Power, Mankato, MN

• Ethanol & the Emerging Market for DDGS: Quality Factors & Utilization in Feed
Duane Kriener, DDG Marketing Group, Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC, Shoreview, MN

• Government’s Feed Safety Initiatives: What are the Likely Outcomes?
Dan McChesney, director, Office of Surveillance & Compliance, FDA/CVM, Rockville, MD
Kathleen Sullivan, general manager, Animal Nutrition Assn. of Canada, Ottawa, ON

Tuesday, December 6:

• What’s Ahead for Financial Markets for 2006?
Bernard Walschots, global head, Financial Markets Research, Rabobank, Utrecht, The Netherlands

• From Managing to Leading: Setting Goals and Objectives; Motivating Employees; Leadership Behavior
Jim Doyle, president, PEG Consulting, Elkhart, IN

• Additional sessions will focus on ag transportation (including participation from rail carriers), post-hurricane market impacts, technology-driven customer service tools for country elevators and more

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