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NGFA Opens Second Hotel to Accommodate Heavy Attendance For Annual Convention

Date Posted: February 20, 2014

This article is reprinted by permission from the NGFA Newsletter, Volume 66, No. 3, Feb. 7, 2014.

NGFA’s room block for NGFA’s 118th annual convention March 30 to April 1 at the Westin Hilton Head Resort has sold out.

However, arrangements have been made at the nearby Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, and complimentary bus transportation will be provided.

If you still need to make hotel reservations, please call them at 1-888-444-6664 and reference the NGFA block.

We have secured a room rate of $189 + tax, but this rate will expire March 7.

In addition, if you currently have a room at the Westin, but will not be able to attend convention, please do not cancel your reservation. Instead, please contact Rebecca Grubbs at 202-289-087 or

That way, NGFA can cancel the room for you and make it available to another member.

If you haven’t registered for the convention, early bird rates are available until March 7.

Convention attendees will be treated to programming that includes:

• A Transportation Open Forum featuring John Hellmann, president and chief executive officer of Genesee & Wyoming Inc.; Mike Toohey, president of Waterways Council Inc.; and John Miller, group vice president agricultural products, BNSF Railway. A speaker from the trucking industry also will address the Forum.

• A congressional speaker.

• A major address from a biotechnology industry leader.  Marc Freedman, director of labor law policy from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who will address “Regulatory Overkill.”

• A panel on “Sustainability and Consumer Preferences” featuring a major retailer; Steve Peterson, director of sourcing sustainability, General Mills; and Randy Spronk, president, National Pork Producers Council.

• Sessions on “Futures Markets – Change and Innovation.”

• The always entertaining membership awards.

• Receptions and networking events.

In addition, numerous committees will meet and there are opportunities for outside tours:

• A River Boat Cruise and Bluffton Oyster Experience,

• The Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot, and

• A Daufuskie Island History and Artisan Tour.

However, if golf is preferred, put a group together for the Foundation Golf Tournament held this year at the Oyster Reef Golf Club.

Play a round and help support the National Grain and Feed Foundation.

For additional information, download the program or go to Finally, don’t leave early.

Be sure to stay for the Tuesday night beach banquet, where the palm trees will sway in time to the laid-back rhythm of Hilton Head Island – enjoy a change of attitude with a change of latitude.

Sponsorship opportunities

Are you interested in reaching more than 450 of your peers, representing 210 domestic and international companies in the grain, feed, export, rail, futures, and banking industries? Consider sponsoring the NGFA annual convention – many opportunities at several cost levels are available.

Please contact Rebecca Grubbs at 202-289-087 or

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