Available presentations from the 2015 Summit can be found below by clicking a speaker's name. The presentation password can be found in your event guide and on the OGTS 2015 mobile app. 

 

Questions? Email conferences@highquestgroup.com. We look forward to seeing you in 2016! 

 
Wednesday September 30, 2015 (Organic Non-GMO Forum) 
 
8:10-8:35
Overview of the Organic and Non-GMO Grain and Oilseed Marketplace

Kellee James, Founder & CEO, Mercaris

 
8:35-9:00
Defining and Comparing Costs, Yields and Benefits for Conventional, Non-GMO and Organic Farm Practices

Kate Leavitt, Director, Soybean Sales, SunOpta 

 

9:00-9:25
Organic & Non-GMO, Dairy & Livestock: Challenges in Feed Supply and Production Practices
Peter Golbitz, Founder and Thought Leader, Agromeris
 
9:25-9:55 - Coffee Break
 
9:55-10:20
GMO Testing Protocols: What's the Current Science?

Jamie Welch, Scientist, Envirologix

 
10:20-10:45
What Does Organic Labeling Mean?

Nathaniel Lewis, Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist, Organic Trade Association (OTA)

 

10:45-11:10
Mandatory Biotech Labeling vs. Voluntary Non-GMO Labeling

Mark Rokala, Founder, Rokala Public Affairs

 
11:10-11:55
PANEL: Managing Co-Existence of Conventional, Non-GMO and Organic Agriculture and Chain of Custody

Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth

Lisa Spicka, Maracuja Solutions

 
11:55-12:40 - Lunch
 
12:40-1:25
PANEL: Can Industry Work Together to Support Farmers' Right to Choose?

Moderator:

Peter Golbitz, Founder and Thought Leader, Agromeris

Panelists:

Kate Leavitt, Director, Soybean Sales, SunOpta 

Nathaniel Lewis, Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist, Organic Trade Association (OTA)

Mark Rokala, Founder, Rokala Public Affairs

Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth

 
Wednesday September 30, 2015 (Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit) 

 

8:30-12:30

INTL FCStone Risk Management Short Course: Navigating Today’s Commodity Price Risk

Richard Jelinek, Vice President Global Education, INTL FCStone

Doug Prohaska, Senior Commodity Risk Manager, INTL FCStone

 

12:00-2:00 - Welcome Coffee in Exhibit Hall

 

2:00-2:30 - Welcome 

Trends in the Global Ag Investing Landscape

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

 

2:30-3:15

Global Oilseed Outlook

Bill Lapp, President and Founder, Advanced Economic Solutions

 

3:15-4:00

The Impact of Financial Markets on Ag Markets Around the World

Erik Norland, Senior Economist and Executive Director, CME Group

 

4:00-4:45 - Coffee Break sponsored AGCO Corp.

                   

Exhibitor presentation by Scalable Data Systems at booth #12 & 13

 

4:45-5:30

Global Grain Outlook

Tom Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Informa Economics, Inc.

 

5:30-6:15

Keynote: Unique Perspective on Cuba by Fidel Castro’s Daughter

Alina Fernández, Fidel Castro's Daughter

 

6:15-7:30 - Welcome Reception sponsored by Gray, Plant Mooty

 

7:30-10:00 - Buyer Dinner

 

Thursday October 1, 2015

 

9:00-9:45 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Animal Protein Market Round-Up

Rob Murphy, Senior Vice President, Livestock, Informa Economics, Inc. 

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: Consumer Trends Influencing Demand for Ag Commodities

Kara VanKleek, Global Marketing Director, CHS Processing and Food Ingredients

 

Global Trade Logistics: Transportation & Logistics Trends

Moderator:

Tom Williamson, Owner, Transportation Consultants Co.

Panelists:

Bradford Warner, Vice President, Marketing, Agspring

Ken Erickson, Informa Economics, Inc.

Stephen Lofberg, President, Montclair Marine Services 

 

 

9:55-10:40 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Addressing Critical Trade & Regulatory Issues

Chris Horseman, Editorial Director, Informa Agra

Roger Bernard, Policy Analyst, Informa Economics

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: The Defense of Food: Supply Chain Protection

Tim Boyer, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, Food Protection and Defense Institute, University of Minnesota

 

Global Trade Logistics: Origin Market Opportunities in South America 

Marcos Rubin, Partner and Head of Grains, AgroConsult

 

10:40-11:25 - Coffee Break

 

11:25-12:10 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Managing Global Water Risks in the Animal Protein Sector

Eliza Roberts, Manager, Water Program, Ceres

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: Sorghum

Tim Lust, CEO, Sorghum Checkoff

 

Global Trade Logistics: Strategies for Trade Financing

Moderator:

Arleen Nand, Finance Partner, DLA Piper LLP

Panelists:

Bahar Gökçe, Regional Manager, America Westford Trade Services  

Richard Helling, Vice President, Ag Commodity Trade Finance, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 

Prashant Mupparapu, Managing Director, Macquarie

 

12:10-1:50 - Lunch

 

1:50-2:35 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Trends in the Animal Feed Sector

Moderator:

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

Panelists:

Scott Ainslie, Strategic Marketing and Technology Director, Cargill Animal Nutrition

Marc Yung, Business Unit Manager for Animal Proteins and Fats, Wilbur-Ellis Company

 

Oilseed & Grains Utilization: Trends in Vegetable Oil Utilization

Moderator:

Paul Smolen, Principal, AgriNetworks

Panelists:

David Dzisiak, Commercial Leader Grains and Oils, Dow AgroSciences

Susan Knowlton, Senior Research Manager, DuPont Company / DuPont Pioneer

Gerald McNeill, Vice President, Research and Development, IOI Loders Croklaan

 

Global Trade Logistics: Infrastructure Development 

Scott Sigman, Transportation & Export Infrastructure Lead, Illinois Soybean Association

 

2:45-3:30 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Aquaculture

Moderator:

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

Panelists:

Steven Hart, Vice President of Education & Outreach, Global Aquaculture Alliance

Fabio Soller, Export Sales Specialist and Animal Nutrition Research, Cargill 

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: Trends in Plant Protein Utilization

Moderator:

Paul Smolen, Principal, AgriNetworks

Panelists:

David Dzisiak, Commercial Leader Grains and Oils, Dow AgroSciences

John Schillinger, President and Founder, Schillinger Genetics, Inc.

Naveen Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, TerViva, Inc. 

 

Global Trade Logistics: Capturing the Market Opportunity in Cuba and the Caribbean Basin

Moderator:

Mike Hergert, Co-Founder, Red River Farm Network 

Panelists:

Ron Gray, Past Chairman (2015), U.S. Grains Council

Thomas Marten, Manager, Stark County Farm Bureau

William A. Messina Jr., Agricultural Economist, University of Florida

 

3:40-4:15 - Coffee Break sponsored by Cargill

 

4:15-5:00 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Buyers Panel

Moderator:

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

Panelists:

Drew Lein, Markets Manager, Global Dairy Sourcing 

Rohil Shah, Senior Buyer, ARCOP Inc. 

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: Biofuels

Moderator:

Alan L. Boyce, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Westland Solar Farms, LLC

Panelists:

Doug Berven, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, POET

Michael Rath, Executive Vice President Commodities and Risk Management, Darling Ingredients Inc.

 

Global Trade Logistics: Risk Management: Navigating a Volatile Market

Moderator:

Matt Ammermann, Commodity Risk Manager-CIS/Black Sea Region, INTL FCStone

Panelists:

Daniel Hofstad, Marketer, Cargill Risk Management

Tom Kowalski, Vice President, Procurement, Kellogg Company

Chip Lerwick, National Business Development Director, Aon Food System and Agribusiness Grou

 

5:00-6:30 - 10th Anniversary - Oktoberfest Party - sponsored by INTL FCStone

 

 

Friday October 2, 2015

 

 

9:00-9:45

Innovation in Agriculture

Moderator:

Lisa Prassack, President, Prassack Advisors

Panelists:

Joseph Byrum, Head Seeds Product Development - Soybean, Syngenta

D. Tony Franklin II, Director, Intel Internet of Things Group

Mike Macrie, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Land O’Lakes

 

9:45-10:30

The Impact of Weather on Global Agriculture

Corey Cherr, Head of Agriculture and Weather Research and Forecasts, Lanworth, Thomson Reuters

 

10:30-11:15 - Coffee break

 

11:15-12:00

The Intersection of GeoPolitics, Global Trade and Agriculture

David Hightower, Founding Principal, The HighTower Report

 

 

12:00-12:15

Close of program

 

PROCEEDINGS

Scott Ainslie
Strategic Marketing and Technology Director, Cargill Animal Nutrition
Matt Ammermann
Commodity Risk Manager, Vice President -CIS/Black Sea Region
INTL FCStone
Doug Berven
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
POET
Roger Bernard
Policy Analyst
Informa Economics
Alan Boyce
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Westland Solar Farms, LLC
Tim Boyer
Epidemiologist
Food Protection and Defense Institute
University of Minnesota
Joseph Byrum, Ph. D., MBA, PMP
Head Seeds Product Development Soybean
Syngenta
Corey Cherr
Head of Agriculture and Weather Research and Forecasts, Lanworth
Thomson Reuters
Brad Clark
President & General Counsel, Agspring
Philippe de Laperouse
Managing Director
HighQuest Partners
David Dzisiak
Commercial Leader Grains and Oils
Dow AgroSciences
Ken Eriksen
Senior Vice President
Informa Economics, Inc.
Alina Fernandez
Fidel Castro's Daughter
D. Tony Franklin II
Director
Intel Internet of Things Group
Peter Golbitz
Founder and Thought Leader
Agromeris
Ron Gray
Past Chairman (2015)
U.S. Grains Council
Steven Hart
Vice President of Education & Outreach
Global Aquaculture Alliance
Richard Helling
Vice President Ag Commodity Trade Finance
Wells Fargo Bank
David Hightower
Founding Principal
The HighTower Report
Daniel Hofstad
Marketer in Risk Management
Cargill
Chris Horseman
Editorial Director
Informa Agra Publishing
Richard Jelinek
Vice President Global Education
INTL FCStone
Susan Knowlton
Senior Research Manager, Ag Biotechnology
DuPont Company / DuPont Pioneer
Tom Kowalksi
Vice President, Procurement
Kellogg Company
Bill Lapp
President
Advanced Economic Solutions
Drew Lein
Markets Manager
Global Dairy Sourcing
Chip Lerwick
National Business Development Director
Aon Risk Solutions
Stephen Lofberg
President
Montclair Marine Services
Tim Lust
CEO, National Sorghum Producers and United Sorghum Checkoff Program
Oil Seed and Grain Trade Summit
Mike Macrie
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Land O’Lakes
Thomas Marten
Manager
Stark County Farm Bureau
Gerald McNeill
Vice President, Research and Development
IOI Loders Croklaan
Thomas Marten
Manager
Stark County Farm Bureau
Bill Messina
Agricultural Economist
University of Florida
Rob Murphy
Senior Vice President, Livestock
Informa Economics, Inc.
Arleen Nand
Finance Partner
DLA Piper LLP
Erik Norland
Executive Director and Senior Economist CME Group
Lisa Prassack - Agri Food Innovation Expert & Data Strategist Consultant
President, Prassack Advisors
Boulder, CO
Doug Prohaska
Senior Commodity Risk Manager
INTL FCStone
Michael Rath
Executive VP Commodities and Risk Management
Darling
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SPEAKERS

Diamond Sponsor

 

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA)

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is a statewide organization that strives to enable Illinois soybean producers to be the most knowledgeable and profitable around the world.  ISA represents more than 45,000 farmers in Illinois.  Through the soybean checkoff, ISA funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, and education.
 

Gold Sponsors

 

AGROMERIS

AGROMERIS is an advisory firm that focuses on the unique needs of the food and agricultural industry.  With over 30 years of experience, our team advises leading companies and government agencies on how to build and maintain specialty supply chains and develop and market novel food ingredients to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world marketplace.

 

HighQuest Group

HighQuest Group is a strategic advisory, conference, and media firm serving corporations, financial investors, and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. HighQuest has successfully completed over 300 strategic advisory engagements; hosts the Global AgInvesting series, AgTech Week, Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, and the Women in Agribusiness Summit series; and publishes up-to-the minute ag news through its HighQuest Media outlet, including the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook.  www.highquestgroup.com

 

Silver Sponsors

 
CME Group

As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group offers the widest range of agricultural futures and options of any exchange, with global benchmark contracts in grains, oilseeds, livestock, dairy, and more. These products serve commodity producers and end users seeking risk management and price discovery, alongside funds and other traders looking to capitalize on the markets. Learn more at www.cmegroup.com/agriculture

 

OpenLink

OpenLink is the global leader in transaction lifecycle management solutions for the commodity, energy and financial services industries. OpenLink provides a variety of commodity trading and risk management solutions for more than 580 global customers, including 12 of the top 25 largest commodity and energy companies by market capitalization. www.openlink.com

 

Women in Agribusiness

The Women in Agribusiness Summit provides an interactive platform for women to discuss unique experiences within the industry with focus on the activities paramount to developing leaders, increasing industry knowledge and inspiring action. Covered topics include trading/risk management, transportation/logistics, sustainability and agribusiness in emerging markets, trends in marketing and communications and the best practices for recruiting, retaining and promoting women within agribusiness. www.womeninag.com

 

Bronze Sponsors

 

ADM

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 33,000 employees serving customers in more than 140 countries. With a global value chain that includes more than 460 crop procurement locations, 300 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 40 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. www.adm.com

 

Darling Ingredients

Darling Ingredients is a global corporation producing sustainable food, feed and fuel ingredients for the world’s growing population from natural and organic bionutrients. Darling also offers used cooking oil collection and grease trap services for the North American restaurant and hospitality industry. Darling is headquartered in Irving, TX with operations on five continents and over 10,000 employees worldwide. www.darlingingredientsinc.com

 
The Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest seaport in the United States. A primary gateway for transpacific trade, the Port is a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. The Port handles trade valued at $180 billion each year and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs. www.polb.com

 

Soy 20/20

Soy 20/20 is a not-for-profit organization that works with the entire value chain bringing together government, research, and industry partners to stimulate and seize new global bioproduct and food opportunities for Canadian soybeans.  This includes industry intelligence and analysis, market and business development, commercialization support, and network development. www.soy2020.ca 

 
Trading Technologies International

Named “Best Commodities Trading Platform” by Buyside Technology, TT develops high-performance order-entry and charting software for commodities, futures and derivatives traders. TT’s X_TRADER_ software and related solutions provide access to dozens of international exchanges with functionality for all trading styles, from manual “point-and-click” to gray-box to fully automated black-box trading.  www.tradingtechnologies.com

 

Reception Sponsor (Wednesday, September 30)

 

Gray Plant Mooty

Gray Plant Mooty is recognized as one of the leading law firms in Minnesota, with roots going back to 1866. Today, GPM is a full-service firm with more than 180 attorneys and offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Fargo, North Dakota

 

Reception Sponsor (Thursday, October 1)

 
INTL FC Stone

INTL FCStone Inc., including its subsidiaries, is a leader in the development of specialized financial services in commodities, securities, global payments, foreign exchange and other markets. www.intlfcstone.com

 

Coffee Break Sponsor

 

AGCO

AGCO’s high-tech solutions for professional farmers feeding the world includes a full product line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, seeding & tillage implements, grain and protein storage. AGCO provides superior customer service, innovation, quality and commitment through its core brands Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®. www.agcocorp.com

 

Cargill

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. The international company helps its customers mitigate commodity price risk through its Cargill Risk Management business, providing solutions in 55 commodity markets across 60 countries. Cargill is proud to celebrate 150 years of helping its customers thrive.  www.cargill.com/150.

 

Internet Sponsor

 

CHS Inc

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products. www.chsinc.com

 

 

Key Card Sponsor

 
Soybean Premiums

SoybeanPremiums.org reveals the hidden dollars in soybeans by connecting soybean farmers with companies offering premiums for specialty soybeans. When farmers go to the website, they can view details about premium programs offered in their area. Companies who purchase non-GMO seed, high oleic beans, etc. can post their information for free. www.soybeanpremiums.org

 

 

Recharge Lounge Sponsor

 
Soybean Premiums

SoybeanPremiums.org reveals the hidden dollars in soybeans by connecting soybean farmers with companies offering premiums for specialty soybeans. When farmers go to the website, they can view details about premium programs offered in their area. Companies who purchase non-GMO seed, high oleic beans, etc. can post their information for free. www.soybeanpremiums.org

 

Special Sponsor

 

Soya & Oilseed Bluebook

The Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, published by Soyatech, LLC is the premier reference guide for the oilseed, soy and grain industry. Key decision makers in over 100 countries have been utilizing the Bluebook to source products and services since 1947. www.soyatech.com/bluebook.htm

 

SPONSORS

Agromeris

AGROMERIS is an advisory firm that focuses on the unique needs of the food and agricultural industry.  With over 30 years of experience, our team advises leading companies and government agencies on how to build and maintain specialty supply chains and develop and market novel food ingredients to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world marketplace. www.agromeris.com

 

ARREFF Terminals

ARREFF Terminals, Inc. is a bulk container transloading and bagging facility located in Portsmouth, Virginia which specializes in agricultural commodities. Our capabilities and close proximity to the Virginia Ports makes ARREFF Terminals a recognized leader in the transloading industry on the East Coast. We are approved by USDA & FGIS and work closely with these organizations in order to ensure that QUALITY is held to the highest standards. We are also Certified by PCO to transload Organic whole grains. www.arreff.com

 

Crown Iron Works

Crown Iron Works provides complete design and supply services for oilseed and vegetable oil processing worldwide. Crown specializes in preparation, extraction, refining, biodiesel and oleochemical technology. Crown has additional offices in Argentina, Brazil, China, England, Honduras, India, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine to service their clients world wide. www.crowniron.com

 

The Dupps Company

For years the Dupps Pressor has been synonymous with quality and durability. With hundreds currently in operation, higher throughputs and lowers residuals are well documented. Inquire today, and let Dupps help you squeeze more profit out of every bean or seed. www.dupps.com

 

Eurofins

Eurofins specializes in delivering analytical testing and advisory services to clients from a wide range of industries including the pharmaceutical, food and environmental sectors.  With a portfolio of over 100,000 analytical methods and performing more than 100 million assays per year, Eurofins is the leading global provider of bioanalytical services. www.eurofins.com

 

HighQuest Group

HighQuest Group is a strategic advisory, conference, and media firm serving corporations, financial investors, and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. HighQuest has successfully completed over 300 strategic advisory engagements; hosts the Global AgInvesting series, AgTech Week, Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, and the Women in Agribusiness Summit series; and publishes up-to-the minute ag news through its HighQuest Media outlet, including the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook.  www.highquestgroup.com

 

Indiana Crop Improvement Association

 

ICIA believes everyone could use a partner in this business.
 

ICIA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization. We are an unbiased third party source for agriculture quality assurance. For over 100 years, we have been a leader in seed certification, seed quality testing, genetic testing and research. How ICIA can work for you? 866.899.2518 or icia@indianacrop.org, www.indianacrop.org

 

Informa Economics, Inc.

Informa Economics, Inc. is the world leader in broad-based domestic and international food, agriculture and commodity/product market research, analysis, evaluation and consulting. A subsidiary of Informa plc (“Informa”), it has offices in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, and Belgium, with affiliate offices in several additional countries.  www.informaecon.com

 

IntelliFarms

IntelliFarms designs and manufacturers powerful technology-based solutions for today’s farms.Our products impact a spectrum of farm decisions and processes, including seed selection, monitoring of field and crop growing conditions, management of grain storage conditions and taking commodities to market. IntelliFarms’ flagship product, BinManager, is the industry’s leading commodity storage management technology with automated fan and heater control. 

IntelliFarms also distributes proven biological solutions to the marketplace, which have noteworthy impact on plant health and yield. www.intellifarms.com

 

INTL FCStone Inc.

INTL FCStone Inc., including its subsidiaries, is a leader in the development of specialized financial services in commodities, securities, global payments, foreign exchange and other markets. www.intlfcstone.com

 

LGC Group

Our key applications include validation and screening of newly discovered SNPs in Marker-Assisted Selection and Marker-Assisted Breeding programmes for both plant and livestock. As such, LGC is building a leading position in the AgBio market and increasing adoption by the academic research market, with over 1700 scientific papers citing our proprietary KASP™ allelic discrimination chemistry.  www.lgcgroup.com/genomics

 

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, which oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of approximately 25,000 farmers in Minnesota. The Council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. The MSR&PC utilizes this money to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for Minnesota-grown soybeans. www.mnsoybean.org

 

OpenLink

OpenLink is the global leader in transaction lifecycle management solutions for the commodity, energy and financial services industries. OpenLink provides a variety of commodity trading and risk management solutions for more than 580 global customers, including 12 of the top 25 largest commodity and energy companies by market capitalization. www.openlink.com

 

QT Market Center

QT Market Center is a comprehensive, online, real-time commodity quote and charting platform with order entry. QT has integrated its diverse market-focused product line into one user-friendly system, giving users the ability to access all the information they need to make informed agribusiness decisions. Desktop - Smartphone - Tablet compatible.www.qtmarketcenter.com

 

Ray-Mont Logistics

Ray-Mont Logistics is your “one-stop shop” for all of your North American export logistics needs; whether it is through our terminal logistics group for all container transloading activities or through our international logistics group for all your international freight forwarding vessel cargo business, we have experienced staff to handle your shipments with care.  

As an ISO 22000:2005 certified company

  • we also hold the following certifications:

  • Organic certification in Canada

  • CFIA sampler certification in Vancouver

  • Government certified scales

  • Specialization in the handling of agricultural products including soybeans, wheat, and all special crops

  • CIFFA & FIATA members

  • Bonded terminal in Montreal for US origin cargo

  • NVOCC status and FMC licensed freight forwarder in the USA. 

With offices in Canada, USA and Mexico, please contact us to learn more: sales@ray-mont.com | 1-888-933-4449

www.ray-mont.com

 

Scalable Data Systems

Scalable’s ‘commodity’ solution provides your organization with the functionality to handle all aspects of Oilseed and Grain trading in ONE complete Solution. From contract inception, logistics, quality analysis(including oil bonus calculations), invoicing and risk management integrated with a world leading ERP solution Scalable’s Commodity works for trading and manufacturing organizations in this dynamic industry sector.

www.scalable.com.au/scalableisv

 

Soya & Oilseed Bluebook

The Soya & Oilseed Bluebook is the premier reference guide for the oilseed, soy and grain industry. Key decision makers in over 100 countries have been utilizing the Bluebook to source products and services since 1947.

www.soyatech.com/bluebook.htm

 

SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company specializing in the sourcing, processing and packaging of natural, organic and specialty food products. Integrated from seed through packaged products and with a focus on strategically significant vertically integrated business models, we can deliver the best quality and value.  www.sunopta.com

 
USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) disseminates data on every facet of U.S. agriculture. The agency conducts hundreds of surveys and issues 400 reports annually. NASS also conducts the Census of Agriculture every 5 years, providing the only source of detailed agricultural data for every county in the nation. NASS reports are available at www.nass.usda.gov.

 

Women in Agribusiness

The Women in Agribusiness Summit provides an interactive platform for women to discuss unique experiences within the industry with focus on the activities paramount to developing leaders, increasing industry knowledge and inspiring action. Covered topics include trading/risk management, transportation/logistics, sustainability and agribusiness in emerging markets, trends in marketing and communications and the best practices for recruiting, retaining and promoting women within agribusiness. www.womeninag.com

 

 

EXHIBITORS

AgricultureInformation.com

AgricultureInformation.com is an  100,000 + online community comprising of buyers, sellers and technical experts in agriculture. By joining our community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload to our gallery, add links to our directory, and access to many other features. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free so please, join our community today. www.agricultureinformation.com
 

Agri-Pulse

Agri-Pulse is the leading US Ag communications company focused on the impacts that farm and rural policy decisions in Washington, D.C. can have on farms, ranches and agribusinesses. Sara Wyant and her team have become the most trusted source for accurate and balanced news and analysis. We provide comprehensive coverage of Capitol Hill, USDA and other regulatory agencies, distributed by daily email, weekly newsletter, and web site. For a free trial of the Agri-Pulse e-newsletter and Daily Harvest email, go to: http://www.agri-pulse.com/Free-Trial.asp.

 

Commodities Now

Commodities Now is the print and online resource for the traded commodity markets, providing updated news, key press releases, data, charts, research and reports. Since 1997, we have been developing our expertise and market connections to provide commodity marketprofessionals and the wider investment community with dedicated research and intelligence on the commodity complex. www.commodities-now.com

 

Feed&Grain

Feed&Grain Published seven times a year, Feed & Grain reaches over 15,700 individuals involved in the grain, feed and allied grain processing marketplace.  The "operator's manual for the feed and grain industry," its editorial coverage consists of facility profiles; operations management; industry trends, regulations, equipment selection, application and maintenance along with industry news.  www.feedandgrain.com

 

Feed Management - Premier Partner

Feed Management serves an audience 100% involved in feed industry operations. By receiving unique content that focuses on feed processing information and technical solutions, readers learn from concentrated information that includes real-world challenges facing feed professionals today. The audience has unparalleled access to in-depth, educational content in formats they prefer, including print, online, live conferences and events. With a readership of over 67,000 feed professionals in North America, your message will have an unparalleled reach. www.WATTAgNet.com
 

Feedstuffs

Feedstuffs is the information source you can depend on to provide accurate, reliable information and analysis on a timely basis. For nearly 80 years, Feedstuffs has been providing news, information and analysis on areas directly related to food production, including the related areas of feed manufacturing, animal health and nutrition, industry trends, feed ingredients, government regulations and marketing. www.feedstuffs.com 

 

Global Food Safety Resource

Global Food Safety Resource (GFSR), www.globalfoodsafetyresource.com, is an online information hub delivering trusted food safety solutions and expertise to food businesses involved in global markets and supply chains. The web site provides information in key areas such as food safety, industry standards, regulatory compliance, food science, risk management, and more.

 

Institutional Real Estate Letter

Since 1987, Institutional Real Estate, Inc. has been a leading force in industry knowledge, providing institutional real estate and infrastructure investors with decision-making tools via its publications, conferences and consulting services. The Institutional Real Estate Letter – Americas has been the industry’s go-to resource for more than 25 years. www.irei.com

 

International Milling Directory

The International Milling Directory lists products and services, companies, equipment guides and more in one directory which is published in print, published online and for a mobile app each year. It is the most extensive directory specialized for the milling industry with a good reputation for trust and reaching the right people.

www.internationalmilling.com

 

Milling & Grain

As of January 2015, Grain & Feed Milling Technology is now Milling & Grain to reflect our “Milling” roots (we were published as Milling for the first 90 years) and emphasize the importance of the grain supply chain. We will continue our unique coverage of the feed sector, which we have reported on for over 50 years. www.millingandgrain.com

 

Oils & Fats International

The Oils & Fats International (OFI) portfolio has been serving the oils and fats industry since 1985 offering publishing, events and online exposure in the global industry. The market-leading OFI magazine – published eight times a year - is dedicated to addressing key issues within the oils and fats sector including topics such as sustainability, feedstocks, processing, new regulations, trading, technology, transport, biofuels, biotechnology and oleochemicals. www.oilsandfatsinternational.com

 

The Organic & Non-GMO Report

The Organic & Non-GMO Report is a monthly news magazine focusing on threats posed by genetically modified (GM) foods and the growing trend toward non-GMO and organic foods. Another publication, The Non-GMO Sourcebook provides a comprehensive list of suppliers of non-GMO seeds, grains, ingredients, feed, and food products. www.non-gmoreport.com 

 

The Organic Processing Institute

The Organic Processing Institute is a nonprofit that helps food businesses grow. OPI facilitates technical assistance for sourcing, co-manufacturing, and developing Organic System Plans. Online resources include fact sheets, commercial kitchen listings, training opportunities, and news updates, as well as free classifieds for ingredients and equipment. www.organicprocessinginstitute.org 

 

Pig International - Premier Partner

Pig International provides a global audience of nearly 16,000 producers and processors in the world pork market with innovative insights and exclusive business information on nutrition, animal health issues, feed procurement and profitability. www.WATTAgNet.com/Pig.aspx

 

Real Asset Advisor

IREI’s Real Assets Adviser publication is the first and only publication dedicated to providing actionable information on the real assets class. The magazine provides thoughtful, cutting-edge analysis, helping advisers make informed decisions to diversify clients’ portfolios, provide long-term income and hedge against inflation. www.irei.com

 

Red River Farm Network
The Red River Farm Network serves 18 radio markets in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota with award-winning farm news and markets. The farm broadcast team of Mike Hergert, Don Wick, Randy Koenen and Jessie Topp also produce a weekly e-newsletter, FarmNetNews. RRFN-Reporting Agriculture’s Business.
www.rrfn.com

 

Sustainable Food News

Sustainable Food News is the leading online news and market information for the organic, natural and sustainable food industries. Subscribe today to get daily news and access to our archives of over 20,000 stories. www.sustainablefoodnews.com
 

The Water Network

Powered by TallyFox, The Water Network (TWN) is the largest Knowledge Network for global water professionals to collaborate and build sector intelligence. The network includes members from over 150 countries; with over 5000 companies represented - and it is free to join! Follow us on Twitter: @WaterNetwork1 or on Facebook: TheWaterNetwork. TheWaterNetwork.com

 

WATT Global Media -- Premier Partner

WATT Global Media serves animal FEED, PETFOOD, PIG and POULTRY markets around the world.  With a multi-channel approach, industry suppliers are enabled to conduct business by connecting to producers, processors and allied industry professionals. Our content and deep behavioral data provide specific targeting solutions for marketers, who can match their objectives with unique audience reach capabilities in print, online and at live events.  Keep your business updated with premium content, original research and industry news from WATT Global Media. www.WATTNet.com

 

WATT Poultry USA -- Premier Partner

WATT Poultry USA reaches more than 12,000 poultry professionals and is the industry’s comprehensive resource for and about the U.S. and Canadian integrated poultry meat business. Expert content uniquely addresses the needs of executives and managers at all levels, with a primary focus on business data, emerging trends and decision-making processes. www.WATTAgNet.com/Poultry.aspx

 

World Grain

World Grain is a monthly business magazine serving the international grain, flour milling and feed industries. With more than 10,000 subscribers in 139 countries, World Grain offers articles on daily operations and equipment technology in each of these industries, as well as company profiles and plant features, industry news, market information, product reviews and more. Visit www.World-Grain.com for daily worldwide industry news, market information and prices, commodity reports, product information and access to World Grain article archives.

www.world-grain.com

 

 

EVENT PARTNERS

AOCS

AOCS (American Oil Chemists' Society) is a global scientific society for the oil chemistry community. Our mission is to advance the science and technology of oils, fats, surfactants and related materials, enriching the lives of people everywhere. We develop methods; provide current information through meetings, publications, and networking opportunities; and collaborate with other organizations to promote the advancement of science. www.aocs.org

 

MWFPA

The Midwest Food Processors Association is a trade association that advocates on behalf of food processing companies and affiliated industries in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Established in 1905, it represents food processors on a variety of food issues.  The role of MWFPA is to influence public policy and make the Midwest a great place for food processors to do business.  The association's activities can be summarized in four words; advocate, educate, communicate, and facilitate. www.mwfpa.org

 

Minnesota AgriGrowth Council

Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose strategic approach to policy development, issues management, collaboration and awareness fosters long-term sustainability, competitiveness and business growth. Their diverse membership sets them apart as they share an informed and impartial perspective with key influencers and consumers. AgriGrowth's industry-wide perspective essential in a state where agriculture remains the second largest economic driver.  www.agrigrowth.org

 

National Biodiesel Board

The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing America's first Advanced Biofuel. The group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs. It is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers. www.biodiesel.org

 

Soyfoods Association of North America

The Soyfoods Association of North America is a trusted advocate in providing information about the health benefits and nutritional advantages of soy consumption. We encourage sustainability, integrity and growth of the industry by promoting and upholding the benefits of soy-based foods and beverages to consumers, health professionals, researchers, media, government and industry. www.soyfoods.org

 

Turkish Feed Manufacturers' Association

The Turkish Feed Manufacturers’ Association (Türkiyem-Bir), established in 1974, currently has 167 members comprised of 80 percent of Turkey’s compound feed production. It is a unique NGO of feed manufacturers in Turkey and acts for sustainable development of the Turkish compound feed sector, with the goal of increasing global competitiveness and providing opportunities to citizens for healthy, affordable protein consumption. www.yem.org.tr

 

 

SUPPORTING ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS

Michelle Biggs
Senior Vice President Commodity Trade Finance, Agriculture 
Wells Fargo International Group

Michelle has 25 years’ experience in trade finance with a focus on agricultural trade.  She started her career in 1987 in international trade operations and credit in Philadelphia.  She then spent seven years in international trade finance for CoBank, part of the US Farm Credit System, including two years in the Asia regional office in Singapore.  Michelle spent the next four years in Washington State, where she led a team at one of the region’s largest agribusinesses, Sainte Michelle Wine Estates, in managing credit, export, foreign exchange and other treasury responsibilities.  She returned to banking in 2007 to manage a trade finance team for KeyBank in Seattle.  She also spent some time on the corporate foreign exchange desk there.  She moved to JPMorgan Chase in 2010 to grow a trade finance portfolio and participate in a national agriculture industry team.  Michelle joined Wells Fargo in July 2012 to lead the North American Agriculture portion of the Commodity Trade Finance Division.

 

Michelle has an undergraduate degree in economics and international relations from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.   She and her family now reside in Denver.  

 

Kurt Collins 
Vice President, Commodity Risk Management & Energy 
RSCS - Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC. (formerly Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op)

Kurt Collins is the Vice President of Commodity Risk Management & Energy at Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC (RSCS), which is the purchasing cooperative for domestic KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and A&W restaurants.  Mr. Collins oversees the analysis of commodity markets and government affairs and is responsible for managing the commodity risk management portfolio for the cooperative.  Prior to joining RSCS, Mr. Collins was the Director of Research at Brock & Associates in Milwaukee, WI and was the grain analyst for Informa Economics (Sparks Companies) in Memphis, TN.  Mr. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

 

Vincent Cloutier
Chief Economist
La Coop fédérée

Vincent Cloutier is the Chief Economist at La Coop fédérée, the largest agri-food enterprise in Quebec. La Coop fédérée ranks amongst the top 100 largest cooperatives and mutual societies in the world, across all sectors and represents more than 100,000 members grouped into 102 cooperatives with operations located across Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
 

Parry Dixon
Director of Economic Research
ADM

Parry Dixon is ADM Economist at ADM Corporate headquarters in Decatur, Illinois. Parry joined ADM in 1984. As ADM Economist, he is responsible for economic analysis in addition to price forecasting for commodities. Prior to joining ADM, Parry worked for a large brokerage firm in Chicago, Illinois. In total, he has 26 years of experience in agricultural economics. Parry grew up on a small crop farm in Idaho with dairy and beef operations. He received a bachelor of science degree in agronomy from Brigham Young University. Parry went on to graduate with both a masters of science degree and a doctorate degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Bahar Gökçe
Regional Manager of Americas
Westford Trade Services Ltd.

Bahar Gökçe is an executive level manager at Westford Trade Services Ltd. serving as Regional Manager of Americas. She is also heading the Global Soft Commodities Division at Westford - a specialist provider of international trade solutions for businesses throughout the world, ranging from conventional trade transactions and supply chain management services to structured trade solutions that my require trade finance. She has structured trade finance services in combination with supply chain management to clients dealing with oilseeds, animal feed, vegetable oils, pulses, grains, tobacco, fertilizers and steel materials in Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Turkey. Prior to joining WTS, Bahar gained experiences working as Assistant General Manager at Metalden Foreign Trade&Shipping LLC in USA, as Assistant General Manager at Ayhan Sezer Oil&Food Industry (an oilseed crusher) in Turkey and as Finance Specialist at Hyundai-Assan Automotive Industry in Turkey. She holds a BA degree on Economics from Boğaziçi University and an Executive MBA degree from same college. 

 

Curt Goulding
Sr. Vice President of Global Sales 
FCStone, LLC.

Curt Goulding is Sr. Vice President of Global Sales for FCStone, LLC.  Curt is a 1977 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics.  His career started with Cargill Nutrena Feeds.  In 1982 he began working for Farmers Commodities Corporation (now FCStone, LLC) in Denver, Colorado.  In 1992 he started developing risk management programs for consumptive demand in Mexico.  In 1996 the Latin American Division was formed with Curt as the director.  In February of 2005 Curt moved to Campinas, São Paulo in Brazil to start FCStone do Brasil.  Curt served as president until his return to the US in June of 2009.  Upon return to the US, Curt focused on business development in Australia and Asia.  Currently, Curt is responsible for identifying and developing new talent.

 

 

Ahmet Hepdogan 
Vice President of Procurement  
Ferrara Candy Company

Ferrara’s portfolio of iconic brands includes Brach’s, Lemonheads, Black Forest, and Trolli.  Ferrara Candy with annual sales of $1 Billion is in a leadership position in non-chocolate confectionary segment, and is headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Prior to joining Ferrara Candy, Ahmet has held supply chain related positions at C. H. Robinson, Global Risk Management, U.S. Foods, and ARYZTA.  Ahmet has a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.  Ahmet, a native of Izmir Turkey, and currently resides in Chicago.

 

Rex Holstein 
Sr. Dir. Commodity Purchasing Group 
Tyson

Rex Holstein is the Sr. Director of Commodity Purchasing for Tyson Foods, Inc. Rex is responsible for the price risk management for soybean meal, soybean oil, natural gas, and electricity for Tyson Foods. He is responsible for leading a team that procures corn and soybean meal, alternative ingredients, DDG’s, and cooking oil for Tyson’s plants and feed mills. Rex also is responsible for the procurement of natural gas and electricity for the company’s energy needs. In his 17 years with Tyson, Rex has held various roles in Commodity Purchasing, Accounting, Warehousing, and Human Resources. He also has served as Chairman of the Board for the Arkansas Industrial Traffic Association. Rex attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he earned a B.S. in Finance Management in 2000 and a B.S. in Accounting in 2002.

 

Eric Jackson 
President, Ag Services 
Conservis Corp.

Eric Jackson, President-Ag Services at Conservis Corp: Mr. Jackson is responsible for identifying and developing the market for the suite of Conservis agricultural solutions. With 25+ years of commercial agriculture experience, Mr. Jackson brings a depth of knowledge and industry contacts, and a unique perspective to the opportunities and challenges facing participants in the agricultural supply chain. Mr. Jackson has previous corporate experience as Manager, Market Development for The Pillsbury Company; CEO & President of International Proteins Corporation; and SVP and on the Board of Directors of The Scoular Company. In 2007 Jackson co-founded CP Holdings LLC to help agricultural landowners capture opportunities in the evolving carbon offset markets. He was also on contract as CEO-in-Residence for Renewable Energy with the University of Minnesota Office for Technology Commercialization. Mr. Jackson has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois and currently serves on the boards of the American Fats & Oils Association, Cheetah Development, and The Yield Lab .

 

 

Tom Kowalski
Vice President Procurement 
Kellogg Company

Tom currently is a Vice President of Procurement for the Kellogg Company.  Tom and his team manage over $1.7B in North America of Ingredients and Energy encompassing sourcing, and sustainable agriculture for major materials such as grains, edible oils, sweeteners, cocoa, dairy products, natural gas and diesel.  In addition, his team liaise with commodity risk management and global category teams.  Kellogg, is a global cereal and snack food company with 30,000+ employees and revenues of approximately $15B worldwide. He has a demonstrated track record of successfully leading Procurement activity for billion dollar brand portfolios, including Tyson Foods/Hillshire Brands, and Sara Lee externally manufactured meat and frozen bakery products.  He has led cross-functional teams that delivered profit, revenue, share and volume growth in mature categories facing significant commodity pressures. A multi-faceted executive leader well versed in supply management across the value chain encompassing Risk Management, Agricultural and Energy Derivative Markets.Prior to joining Kellogg, Tom was with Tyson Foods (formerly Hillshire Brands), based in Chicago, with responsibilities for Commodity Risk Management, Ingredients, Packaging and Energy.  He also served in the Frito-Lay/PepsiCo system, holding a number of key management positions of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain, Procurement, Operations & Engineering.  He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Denver – Daniels School of Business with a focus on Entrepreneurial & International Studies.

 

 

David D. Lehman
Managing Director, Commodity Research and Product Development
CME Group

David Lehman is a Managing Director in the Research and Product Development Division of CME Group.  Lehman is responsible for leading efforts to identify and develop new CME Group product and services opportunities related to both exchange-traded and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, maintaining viability of current product offerings and providing strategic insight into new markets, business development and research within the commodity space.  Prior to joining the company in 1989, Lehman held the position of Industry Economist with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  He holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland.

 

 
Daryn McBeth
Government Relations Specialist
Gray Plant Mooty

Daryn is an experienced food and agriculture industry professional specializing in government relations, state and federal politics, industry relations, and legislative and regulatory services. He excels at effective advocacy before federal and state legislative bodies and regulatory agencies.

 

For nearly ten years, Daryn led the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council. Most recently he served as a director of state affairs and industry relations at a $14B farmer-owned cooperative, where he led the company’s state government relations strategies as well as its federal Political Action Committee (PAC).

 

In Washington D.C., Daryn has worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s General Counsel’s office and a lobbying firm. He has also served as legislative counsel, advising a congressman on legislative and constituent issues.

 

Daryn enjoys spending time with his family and coaching sports with his kids, and is an avid pheasant hunter.

 

 

Paul Smolen 
Principal 
AgriNetworks

Paul Smolen is an Agribusiness leader with expertise in commodity risk management, marketing strategy, new business development, and industry logistics. An accomplished and sought after speaker at Agribusiness industry groups worldwide addressing value capture and joint venture management, Paul has held executive and senior advisory positions at Bunge, United Soybean Board, and Continental Grain. Paul has led market development for enhanced output trait soybean meal and oil for the Bunge Dupont Biotech Alliance, coordinated Bunge’s global food and feed safety and quality programs, and developed animal nutrition expertise to improve protein and byproduct valuation. For USB, Paul utilized USB’s neutral platform to improve recognition and utilization of soymeal attributes and value capture from grower to feeder and continuously challenged directors and administrators to improve effectiveness and efficiency in both domestic and international marketing programs by developing closer alignment with commercial stakeholders. At Continental Grain as VP and General Manager, Paul led one of the most profitable trading businesses in terms of capital committed and consistency of performance and set the pace for industry in the export of processed feed ingredients. Paul was also active in creating, implementing, expanding, and managing a succession of joint venture export trading companies involving Continental Grain Company and its soybean processing partners, Quincy Soybean Company and Bunge Corporation. Paul holds an MBA from New York University and a B.A. In Economics from Cornell University

 

Dave Smoldt

President Commodities Division

INTL FCStone Financial Inc.

David began his career with INTL FCStone in 1985 after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business.  He currently serves as President - Commodities Division for INTL FCStone Financial Inc.  David held previous roles within the company as a Commodity Risk Management Consultant, Regional Director and Vice President - Operations.  He has worked with clients in the grain and renewable fuels industries, concentrating on commodity risk management for grain companies and ethanol plants in the United States.  INTL FCStone offers customers a comprehensive array of products and services, including exchange execution and clearing services; physical trading; inventory financing; OTC execution and clearing services; managed futures; facility management; Commodity Network and market intelligence.  INTL FCStone Financial Inc. is one of the largest U.S. - based commercial brokerage firms, working with more than 900 commercial grain companies.  

 

Jan van Eys
Industry Expert/Consultant 
GANS

Dr. van Eys has been active in various capacities in international animal nutrition for more than 35 years; much of this time in the international feed business. Following his undergraduate studies in Agronomy in the Netherlands he completed a M.Sc. in Rangeland Nutrition at the New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from West Virginia University (USA). Between his BSc and graduate work he worked five years in Bolivia and Somalia on Government and FAO development projects. After completion of his graduate studies he worked as an Assistant Professor in Ruminant Nutrition for North Carolina State University. In this capacity he collaborated with USAID on international ruminant research projects in Indonesia, Morocco and Brazil. He joined Ralston Purina International in 1986 holding research and technical positions in Portugal and France. Within this company he held the position of European Research Director and upon the creation of Agribrands International he became Vice President for Research and Development based in St. Louis, MO. He left the company in 2001 to establish GANS Inc. an independent consulting company in Animal Nutrition concentrating on research and technical support to the international feed industry. He currently works with a wide range of companies covering all aspects of the feed and livestock industry.During his career, Dr. van Eys has served on an important number of scientific commissions and study groups in the EU as well as the USA. His publications include 30 senior-authored and more than 40 co-authored manuscripts alongside material in the form of industry proceedings and industry press articles. Dr. van Eys has been invited to numerous international and national presentations.

 

Tom Williamson 
Consultant 
Transportation Consultants Co.

Thomas Williamson on has started seven small companies and manages three currently, including Transportation Consultants Co. and Iron Horse Railcar Management.Williamson owns Transportation Consultants Co. (TCC), which was started in 1984. TCC is used by many major agriculture firms for the outsourcing of some or all of their corporate transportation functions. TCC specializes in negotiation of rail service and track agreements and rail costing and rate negotiation. TCC charters both barge freight and ocean freight. Tom has extensive experience in transportation of bulk and consumer commodities on every Class I railroad and on every navigable river in the U.S. Iron Horse Railcar Management manages private rail car fleets and provides management reports to control rail fleet costs.He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a major in Transportation and Utility Regulation in 1967. Completed MBA course work at Northern Illinois University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Columbia University. Williamson graduated from the New York Academy of Advanced Traffic in 1973.Tom grew up on the family farm in West Texas and has one son that is married and lives in Boston, MA.

ADVISORY BOARD

240 and counting! 

 

1st Farm Credit Services

AAK

Abalioglu Yem Soya Ve Tekstil San AS

Abbott Nutrition

Abengoa

ADM

Advanced Economic Solutions

Afgritech/AminoMax

AGCO Corporation

Agri Networks Management, LLC

Agri Ocean Service

Agri-Marche

AgriBank, FCB

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Agrocentre Belcan Inc.

AgroConsult

Agromeris

Agspring

AgStar Financial Services

Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions

Alfa Laval Inc.

American Nutrition Inc

Anholt Services (USA)

Aon Food System and Agribusiness Group

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

ARCOP

Ardent Mills

Arreff Terminals, Inc.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Beck's Hybrids

Bloomberg

BMO Harris Bank

BNP Paribas - Leveraged Finance Group

BNSF Railway

Boyd Station

Bunge North America

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

CanEst Transit Inc.

Cargill

Cargill Animal Nutrition

Ceres Global Ag Corp

CF Capital Management

Chadron Capital Markets, LLC

Chiba Flour Milling Co.,Ltd

CHS

CME Group

Colfax Farmers Elevator

Conservis

Consolidated Grain and Barge Company (CGB)

Control Union (USA) Inc

Control Union Certifications

Cottonwood Ag Management

CP Standart Gida San AS

Crown Iron Works Company

CTEC AG

Darling Ingredients

Dave's Killer Bread

Delmar Commodities Ltd.

Diamond V Mills Inc

DLA Piper LLP

Dow AgroSciences

DTN/Progressive Farmer

DuPont Company, DuPont Pioneer

DuPont Nutrition & Health

Dupps Company

EnviroLogix Inc

EPEGA

Eurofins Microbiology Laboratories, Inc.

Eurofins Scientific Inc.

EURONEXT

Faegre Baker & Daniels LLP

Farm Credit East, ACA

Farm Credit Services of America

Farm Futures, Penton Publication

Farm Progress Cos.

FarmLink Marketing Solutions

Farrish & Associates, LLC

FCC Services

Federation des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Quebec

Feed Navigator

FiFth Third Capital Markets

Firebird Artisan Mills

Food Protection and Defense Institute-U of Minn.

Fr. Meyer's Sohn North America LLC

GE Capital - Rail Services

General Mills

Global Aquaculture Alliance

Global Risk Management, Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain St-Laurent

Gray Plant Mooty

H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc.

Husch Blackwell LLP

Hybrid Transit Systems, Inc.

Illinois Soybean Assocation

Indiana Crop Improvement Association, Inc.

Informa Agra Publishing

Informa Business Intelligence

Informa Economics

ING Capital LLC

Ingredion

Intel Internet of Things Group

Intelliair, LLC

Interlinx Associates

Intertek

INTL FCStone

INTL FCStone Securities

IOI Loders Croklaan

Iowa Farmer Today

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

JPMorgan Securities LLC

Kellogg Company

Kennedy Information

Key Bank

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Land O'Lakes

Lansing Trade Group, LLC

LGC Genomics

Lurgi /Air Liquide

Macquarie

Malden Specialty Soy, LLC

Manitoba Trade and Investment

Maple Leaf Farms

Maracuja Solutions

MB Grain

McGough Construction

Mercaris

MetLife Agricultural Investments

Michael Foods, Inc.

Midship Group

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Minnesota Soybean Processors

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council

Missouri Soybean Programs

Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.

Mizuho Bank

Moffatt & Nichol

Molitor Brothers Farm

Monsanto

Nestle USA

NFOrganics

North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture

North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Novita Nutrition, LLC

Novus International Inc.

Nuseed Americas

Nutrilite

Olam International (Invenio)

OpenLink

Oregon Tilth

Organic Trade Association

Perdue AgriBusiness

POET Nutrition

Port of Long Beach

Prassack Advisors

Presidio Trade Group.LLC

Promar Consulting

Provident Spend Management

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

QT Information Systems Inc.

Quality Transportation Services

Ray-Mont Logistics International

Red Cloud Consulting

Red River Farm Network

Red River Valley & Western Railroad Company

Restaurant Services Inc.

Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC.

Riverland Ag

Rokala Public Affairs

RTI

Scalable Data Systems

Schillinger Genetics

SEMO Milling, LLC

SH Yuanyao Trading

SK Foods International

Skretting Yem Uret. Tic. A.S

Smithfield Foods

Sorghum Checkoff

Sosland Publishing Company

SourceAmerica

Soy 20/20

Soy Canada

ST-Lawrence Beans

Stark County Farm Bureau

Stonebridge Ltd

Stoneridge Software

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

SunOpta

Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Syngenta

Tallage-Strategie Grains

TDX Tech

Teays River Investments, LLC

Technology Crops International

Tenaska Commodities

Terviva

Texas A&M University

The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS)

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada

The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc.

The Hain Celestial Group

The HighTower Report

The Jacobsen

The Organic & Non-GMO Report

The San Jose Network Ltd.

The Scoular Company

The Wall Street Journal

The Western Producer

Thomson Reuters

Thresher Artisan Wheat

Topco Associates LLC

Trading Technologies Intl, Inc

Trans Ocean Bulk Logistics

Transportation Consultants Co.

Trinidad Benham Corp.

Turkish Feed Manufacturers Association

Tyson Foods, Inc.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

U.S. Grains Council

U.S. International Trade Commission

Univ of Illinois-National Soybean Research Center

University of Florida/IFAS

US Bank, Food Industries

US International Trade Commission

USDA NASS

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

WATT Global Media

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

West Central

West Logistics

Westford Trade Services Ltd.

Westland Solar Farms, LLC

Wilbur-Ellis Company

WSCV Telemundo 51

Xiamen Mingsui Grains & Oils Co.,Ltd

 

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