Pre-Conference Activities held Wednesday, September 30th 

Before the main event begins at 2:00 p.m., join us for some free pre-conference activities and don't miss an opportunity to enrich your experience!


Note: Event Registration is Required. If you have already registered, please login with your email address and confirmation number, and select "modify registration" to add these pre-conference events to your itinerary. There is no additional charge to register for these events. 


8:30am - 12:30pm: INTL FCStone Risk Management Short Course: Navigating Today’s Commodity Price Risk
Presented by: Richard Jelinek, Vice President Global Education, INTL FCStone & Doug Prohaska, Senior Commodity Risk Manager, INTL FCStone













This course will provide an overview of fundamentals of futures and options and provide advanced trading strategies and corporate risk policies.


  • Futures and Options Refresher: Basic Futures and Options training

  • Risk Management Challenge: Fun hands-on commodity risk management

  • Trading Performance Strategies: Advanced hedging and performance strategies

  • Corporate Commodity Trading Risk Policy: Building a comprehensive and effective corporate commodity risk policy



8:00am - 1:00pm: Visit the CHS Savage Grain Terminal and Bayer CropScience SeedGrowth Innovation Center 


CHS Savage Grain Terminal, Savage, MN:

Tour this busy elevator facility on the Minnesota River that was built to increase access to export markets through the Gulf of Mexico. Savage receives grain by truck and rail and loads it into barges for export. The facility also functions as a unit-train loader, loading trains headed for the West Coast or to mills or processors for domestic users.


Bayer CropScience SeedGrowth™ Innovation Center, Shakopee, MN:

High tech equipment will be the focus of this visit to the brand new $12 million seed treatment facility in Shakopee. The application of SeedGrowth™ seed treatments is vital to protecting a farmer’s valuable seed investment, and the equipment that is used to apply seed treatments is a critical link in the seed value chain.  Enjoy demonstrations of a laser cutting machine, a 3D measuring tool for quality control and other state of the art equipment.