Program Agenda

Sessions marked with ** below are for Milling Members only.
All other sessions are open to all attendees and are included in your event registration. Please click on each session title for more details. All times are listed in EST.  

Name Description Time
Saturday, March 9, 2024

Visit the registration table during the hours of 7:30am - 5:00pm to pick up your registration packet and name badge.

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
**Technical Committee Meeting

Pre-Registration required, Milling Members only. Breakfast 8:00am, meeting begins at 8:30am. Lunch is included. 

8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
**Supply Chain Committee / Sustainability Working Group

Milling Members only

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Welcome Reception 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
**Corn Division Member Dinner

Pre-Registration and payment required; for Corn Milling Members only.

8:00 PM
Sunday, March 10, 2024
Hot Breakfast

Spouses and guests are welcome.

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
**Corn Division Meeting 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Spouse/Guest Pool Meet-Up

Meet up with new and old friends for a casual get together poolside.

10:00 AM
**Wheat Division Meeting 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
**Oat Division Meeting  12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Oat Milling Session

Global Oat Market Outlook
Randy Strychar, President, OatInformation

Randy Strychar comes to NAMA’s Spring Conference every year to share the latest on the global oat market based on his insights from decades in the industry.

Prairie Oat Growers Association Update
Shawna Mathieson, Executive Director, POGA

Shawna Mathieson will provide updates on the latest research being funded by POGA and will make her annual predictions about the upcoming oat crop.

Canadian National Millers’ Association Update
Olivier Lavinge-Lacroix, Executive Director, CNMA
The CNMA is engaging with the Canadian government and supply chain partners in the areas of trade, food safety and environmental sustainability. Hear how industry is responding to the Canadian government’s ambitious sustainability goals.

Insights from the South American Oat Industry
Alex Strodthoff, CEO, Agrotop

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Spring Conference Reception & Dinner

Business Casual Attire.

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday, March 11, 2024
Hot Breakfast

Spouses and guests are welcome.

7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
General Session

Live! With NAMA
Molly Miller, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, NAMA
Kim Cooper, Senior Director, Government Affairs, NAMA

NAMA’s staff will provide updates on the latest happenings in Congress and regulatory agencies that will impact the milling industry. Audience participation may be required.

Challenges and Opportunities in Agriculture Trade and Marketing
William Wilson, Ph.D. CHS Chair in Risk Management and Trading and University Distinguished Professor, North Dakota State University
Global and domestic policies, conflicts and climate are influencing volatility in the grain trade. William Wilson will break down the biggest emerging issues and their potential impact on your business.

Pet Food Trends and Market Insights
Michael Johnson, Principal, BSM Partners
Pet food is a multi-billion dollar industry that is constantly evolving. From challenges to grain-based diets and demands for food safety, Michael Johnson will speak to trends in the pet food market from an ingredient perspective.

Aligning Your Suppliers and Customers for Sustainability Goals
Alison Nepveux, Carbon Business Development Lead, Bayer
The sustainability demands from consumers and downstream users of milled grains continue to grow. Maintaining collaboration with growers is the key to success but can be challenging. Hear perspectives on how grain chain players can achieve alignment and share resources so every link can contribute to and benefit from these initiatives. This session will highlight how companies of all sizes can plug into tools to advance sustainability for themselves and their partners.

8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
NAMA Golf Tournament

Pre-registration required and payment required.

Shotgun start, lunch included.

12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
NAMA Beach Party

Not golfing? Join NAMA staff on the beach for fun in the sun with light refreshments from the Gulf Cart.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Networking Reception 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Hot Breakfast

Spouses and guests are welcome.

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Meetings Committee Meeting

Invitation only.

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Wheat Milling Session

The Debate Around Ultraprocessed Foods
Erin Ball, Executive Director, Grain Foods Foundation
Ultraprocessed foods (UPFs) have come into the limelight over the past few years, especially as a result of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee acknowledging them as an important nutritional issue. CPGs are addressing UPFs via communications strategies, and academia is seeking to understand these foods via data analysis and new scientific research. What are CPGs saying, and what are researchers learning? This session will bring to light UPF messaging and the research roadmap being followed to better understand UPFs and their impacts on nutrition and health.

Hard Wheat Crop Update
Justin Gilpin, CEO, Kansas Wheat

The last few years have been challenging for growers and millers of Hard Red Winter Wheat. Justin Gilpin will provide a glimpse of the upcoming crop and break down the previous year’s performance and market conditions.

Ontario Crop and Market Update
Warren Hayhoe, Parrish & Heimbecker

Warren Hayhoe will provide his expert perspective on the Ontario crop for the coming year as well as insights into previous years’ trade flows and usage.

NAMA Soft Wheat Panel
Five expert panelists will provide the annual soft wheat crop forecast. This panel has an excellent track record of accurately predicting the size of the soft wheat crop. These regional experts will also share their thoughts on the crop conditions for the upcoming and past harvest.

9:00 AM - 11:15 AM