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Minnesota Grain and Feed Association Convention & Trade Show

  • Hyatt Regency 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN, 55403 United States (map)


110th Annual
Minnesota Grain & Feed Association
Convention & Trade Show
March 1 - 3, 2017
Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MGFA Board of Directors luncheon meeting   

Twin Cities Tour – separate ticketed event - The tour will include a tour of the newly renovated State Capitol and dinner at Tavern on Grand.

Thursday, March 2, 2017   

CONCURRENT MORNING SEMINARS (separate ticketed event): 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  

1.     Convention Seminar for Grain Elevator and Feed Mill Managers, Owners & Key Employees – followed by a joint lunch for seminar participants

“Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on Your Firm – Specific Focus on New Transportation Component” - Dave Fairfield, National Grain and Feed Association, Washington D.C. and Phil Cleary, ChristiansonPPL, Willmar

“Technology Changing the Face of Agriculture” – Peter Schott, Myriad-Mobile, Fargo, ND

"Using a Protectant in Your IPM Plan for Stored Grain" - Paul Drache, Regional Manager, Central Life Sciences

“New Tool For Arranging Transportation and Logistics” - TomVenable, Co-Founder & CEO, Basin Commerce, Inc., Minneapolis -  The session will explore how you can leverage the internet within the bulk commodities market to help reduce the complexities and costs of arranging transportation and logistics services for agricultural shippers.       

"Creating and Maintaining a Safety Conscious Culture" - Dave Nelson, MGFA Safety & Health Program Director        

         2. Convention Seminar for Co-op Elevator Farmer Directors – followed by a joint lunch for seminar participants

“Future Challenges and Opportunities For Cooperative Directors” - William Nelson, William J. Nelson, LLC, St. Paul - former Director of the Co-op Foundation and CHS Foundation

“Analyzing Financial Statements - Your Fiduciary Responsibility” – Joel Gratz,  Christianson PPL, Willmar   

“Director Due Diligence in Cooperative Management and Significant Transactions” - Matthew Berger and Kaitlin Pals, Gislason & Hunter, LLC, New Ulm -  The goal of this session will be to enhance each directors’ understanding of the kinds of information a director should seek in making decisions and how that information might best be used in the deliberative process.   

“Strategic Thinking & Communication” - John Christianson, Principal, Christianson PPL, Willmar     

Luncheon (for concurrent seminar participants) – Featuring the 110th MGFA Annual Meeting, followed by a market analysis provided by Richard Jelinek, INTL-FC Stone Financial, Inc., Chicago, IL

Industry Trade Show Grand Opening andSilent Auction - 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Featuring over 85 exhibitors and the site of the Silent Auction, benefitting the MGFA Scholarship fund. An opening night reception will be held in the exhibit hall at 5:30 p.m. (click here for a list of Silent Auction items)   

Hospitality Suites Open in Hyatt (evening)   

Friday, March 3, 2017  

Morning General Session – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  

Welcome & Address on the State of Minnesota Agriculture, David Frederickson, Commissioner, MN Department of Agriculture

“Never Give Up – The Survivor Way” – Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending - Holly Hoffman, Survivor Nicaragua Season 21 finalist and author of “Your Winner Within”  

“Effective Leadership – Generational Communication and Dealing With Difficult People - Kit Welchlin, Welchlin Communication Strategies, Minneapolis   

"A Career in Agriculture – The Great Adventure” -  Greg Martinelli, Ag Sales Professionals, St. Louis, MO

Spouse Brunch & Program – 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. (separate ticketed event) 

“Your Winner Within” - Holly Hoffman, "Survivor Nicaragua" Season 21 finalist. Her unique life experiences, not only offer encouragement and optimism, but a roadmap for self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment, from a humble beginning in a small South Dakota town.

Industry Trade Show/Silent Auction reopens and concludes – 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. - lunch provided in exhibit hall   

Afternoon Closing General Session – 2:30 p.m. - “Creating a Hall of Fame Culture of Communication” - Ben Utecht, former U of M receiver and member of Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Championship Team

US Bank (Vikings) Stadium Closing Reception, Mystic Lake Club Purple Suite, for all convention participants (included with convention registration). Bussing from Hotel starting at approximately 3:45 p.m. and running until 8:00 p.m.  Stadium small group tours being offered every 15 minutes.  

Hospitality Suites Open in Hyatt (evening)

Earlier Event: February 26
GEAPS Exchange 2017
Later Event: March 3
Mid-South Farm & Gin Show