JULY 20 - 21, 2023

Omaha Hilton | Omaha, NE

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Wednesday, July 19

   10:00 am – 3:00 pm       Degesch Pesticide Re-certification Program

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

  12:00 – 7:00 pm              CONVEY’23 Registration

   3:30 – 7:00 pm               CONVEY’23 Exhibitor Setup

Thursday, July 20

8:00 am          Welcome and Introductions

8:05 am          Human Organizational Performance – Behavior Safety 

                          • Steve Scott, HOP Improvement, LLC, Charles Town, WV


 “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  

9:30 am            Heat Injury and Illness Best Practices … Panel Discussion 
                         •  Beth Locken, Director of Safety and Environmental, Agtegra Cooperative, Aberdeen, SD 

                         •  Dawn Moninger, EHS Director, J.D. Heiskell, Omaha, NE

                         •  Kip Wills, Senior Health and Safety Manager, Ag Reserves 

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

10:30 am          NFPA 660 and Dust Hazard Analysis
                         • Tim Myers, Exponent | Bio

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

11:30 am          Lunch in Trade Show Area

1:30 pm           Fumigation Best Practices … Panel Discussion

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

2:30 pm          Grain Elevator Operations Best Practices … Panel Discussion
                        • Matt Richardson, EHS Director, Cargill, Omaha, NE 

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  
                       • Edward LaPreze, CMRT, Sales/Marketing Director, Pepper Maintenance, Milo, 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

8:00 am        Welcome and Introductions

8:05 am          Critical Safety Devices
                       • Jason Eardley, Process Safety Manager, ADM, Decatur, IL

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          Shuttle Loading and Rail Safety

                        • Connie Roseberry,  AVP, Chief Safety Officer, Union Pacific, Omaha, NE

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

Connie Roseberry Union Pacific

10:00 am         Break in Trade Show

10:30 am         CHS’ “Lights Out”, Automation for After Hours Delivery 

                         • Jim Gales, Owner, Gales Design and Consulting, Greeley, CO 

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

Jim Gales, CHS

11:45 am       Adjourn