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IL Rep Rodney Davis to Keynote Ag Transportation Summit; Early Bird Registration Ends July 1

Date Posted: July 1, 2013

On July 30-31, the National Grain and Feed Association and the Soy Transportation Coalition will host the first ever Ag Transportation Summit: “A Modern Infrastructure for Modern Agriculture.”

The event, sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, will be held at the Westin O'Hare near Chicago.

Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois will provide the summit’s keynote address on July 30.

Davis, a member of both the House Agriculture Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, represents some of the most productive farm ground in the country.

Promoting a transportation system that serves U.S. farmers is one of Davis’ highest priorities.

The goals of the summit are: 1.) To raise the awareness of the importance of transportation to the success and profitability of U.S. agriculture; 2.) To precipitate and motivate further action to promote a transportation infrastructure that better serves the interests of U.S. agriculture; 3.) To provide a venue for advocates of U.S. agriculture to network and develop collaborations for the purpose of promoting the transportation needs of U.S. agriculture; and 4.) To build bridges between government and agricultural interests that will result in more effective promotion of agricultural transportation issues.

“The past fifty years have witnessed dramatic innovations in how agricultural products are planted, harvested, and marketed,” explains Pat Knouff, a soybean farmer from Minster, Ohio, and Chairman of the Soy Transportation Coalition.

“However, for agriculture to remain profitable, we need to have the same level of innovation in how our products are distributed. A modern agriculture requires a modern infrastructure.”

Early bird registration for the summit concludes on July 1, 2013. Registration forms can be accessed at: http://www.soytransportation.org/newsroom/AgTransportationSummitRegistrationForm.pdf.

The agenda for the summit can be viewed at: http://www.soytransportation.org/newsroom/AgTransportationSummitPublicAgenda.pdf

For more information, call 515-727-0665.

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