July 20 - 21, 2023
Hilton Omaha
Omaha, NE

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July 20 - 21, 2023 | Hilton Omaha | Omaha, NE

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Wednesday, July 19

   12:00 – 4:00 pm                 NGFA Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee Meeting 

   12:00 – 6:00 pm                 CONVEY’23 Registration

   12:00 – 6:00 pm                 CONVEY’23 Exhibitor Setup

Thursday, July 20

7:00 am          Registration  |  Breakfast in Trade Show

8:00 am          Welcome and Introductions … Jess McCluer, NGFA and Glen Gudino, GEAPS Media Group

8:05 am          Human Organizational Performance | No Video

                          • Steve Scott, HOP Improvement, LLC, Charles Town, WV | Bio | Presentation Slides

 “We know that people make mistakes, yet many of our safety programs are based on the goal of having
zero incidents.  What if there is a different way to look at workplace safety?  We will explore that in this presentation.” 

Steve Scott

9:15 am            Break in Trade Show  

9:45 am            Heat Injury and Illness Best Practices … Panel Discussion  | Video

                         •  Moderator: Jess McCluer, NGFA 
                         •  Beth Locken, Director of Safety & Environmental, Agtegra Cooperative, Aberdeen, SD | Bio |
Presentation Slides

                         •  Dawn Moninger, EHS Director, J.D. Heiskell, Omaha, NE | Bio | Presentation Slides

                         •  Kip Wills, Senior Health and Safety Manager, Ag Reserves, Salt Lake City, Utah | Bio |

This panel discussion will focus on employee training and how businesses are monitoring the heat index, watching for the signs of heat-related illness, and taking preventive action.                 

Beth, Dawn, Kip Panel

10:45 am          NFPA 660 and Dust Hazard Analysis | Video
                         • Tim Myers, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, Thermal Sciences Office Director and Principal Engineer, 
| Bio | Presentation Slides

This session will focus on the National Fire Protection Association’s consolidation of all combustible dust standards into a single comprehensive standard and the impact it will have on the dust hazard analysis used in the ag and food manufacturing industry.  

Tim Myers

11:45 am          Lunch in Trade Show Area

    1:30 pm               Fumigation Best Practices … Panel Discussion | Video

                                • Moderator: Perry Nettles, South Regional Manager, Ecolab, Bono, AR

                                • Blake Buckner, Director of Operations, Degesch America Inc., Weyers Cave, VA

                                • Justin Moses, District Manager, Ecolab, Salina, KS

                                • Pete Mueller, Manager, Fumigation Service & Supply, Inc., Westfield, IN

                                • Todd Wilhelm, Sales Manager, UPL, Indianapolis, IN

This session will address effective techniques to limit insect infestation in grain storage.   

2:30 pm          Grain Elevator Operations Best Practices … Panel Discussion | Video
                        • Moderator: Brad Perry, Operations Manager, The Scoular Co., Omaha, NE

                        • Matt Richardson, EHS Director, Cargill, Omaha, NE 

                        • Jeff Jones, VP Operations, MKC, Moundridge, KS

                        • Chuck Kunisch, Safety Director, Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Marlette, MI

This panel discussion will provide recommendations on how to effectively conduct a wide range of operating practices in timely and cost-effective manners, including housekeeping, maintenance, grain storage and minimizing fugitive dust emissions.

3:30 pm          Break in Trade Show

4:00 pm         Reliability Maintenance … Panel Discussion | Video
                     • Moderator: Edward LaPreze, CMRT, Sales/Marketing Director, Pepper Maintenance, Milo, MO
                       Bio | 
Presentation Slides
                     • Brian Grimm, Director – SH&E, Bartlett, A Savage Company, Kansas City, MO | Bio

A comprehensive discussion about past experiences and best practices to keep facility operating with less downtime and improved uptime.  

5:00 – 7:00 pm   Reception in Trade Show

Friday, July 21

7:00 am        Breakfast in Trade Show

8:00 am        Welcome and Introductions

8:05 am          Critical Safety Devices | Video
                       • Jason Eardley, Process Safety Manager, ADM, Decatur, IL | Bio | Presentation Slides 


This session will focus on the application and use of equipment outside of standard hazard monitoring systems for a facility’s grain hazard monitoring program including layers of protection, safeguards, and the concept of “Last Line of Defense.”   

Jason Eardley, ADM

9:00 am          Rail Safety Training | Video

                       • Steve Fry, Superintendent Safety, Training, and Operating Practices, Northern Plains 
Railroad Companies, Hammond, WI | Bio | Presentation Slides                         

This session will address how to mitigate hazards in the rail yard that could potentially cause harm to personnel, equipment, or commodity. 

Steven Fry

10:00 am         Break in Trade Show

10:30 am       “Lights Out”, Automation for After Hours Delivery | Video

                       • Jim Gales, Owner, Gales Design and Consulting, Greeley, CO | Bio | Presentation Slides


This session will provide an overview of the “Manless Rail Terminal,” how it was developed and is operated. 

Jim Gales, CHS

11:45 am       Adjourn