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What's next for the Barge Digital Transformation Project?

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What will you find at CONVEY '22?
Find out what to expect at CONVEY '22, a unique opportunity for grain handling employees and leaders. Go to
June 02, 2022
Proposing Solutions to Rail Service Problems
NGFA Chief Economist Max Fisher provides an overview of rail service issues and outlines the NGFA’s requests to the Surface Transportation Board.
April 28, 2022
NGFA's Long Range Plan: What Do Members Need to Know?
NGFA Chairman Greg Beck, CGB Enterprises, and Bobby Frederick, NGFA senior vice president, discuss the 2022-2027 Long Range Plan and why it's important to NGFA staff and members. 
April 06, 2022
The Elevator Pitch - March 10, 2022
Listen to an overview of what's included in the fiscal 2022 omnibus spending bill. 
March 10, 2022
The Elevator Pitch - March 3, 2022
Listen to a summary of Capitol Hill events this week, including the 2022 State of the Union Address and a House Agriculture Committee farm bill hearing.
March 03, 2022
COVID-19 Workplace Regulations - Where Things Stand
NGFA Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs Jess McCluer outlines the status of the COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses after the Supreme Court decision. He also discusses what is still required under OSHA regulations for mitigating COVID-19 hazards.
February 09, 2022
The Elevator Pitch - Jan. 21, 2022
Listen to the details on the Army Corps of Engineers’ spending plan released on Jan. 19, including funding for Lock and Dam 25 on the Upper Mississippi River.
January 20, 2022
The Elevator Pitch – Nov. 18, 2021
Listen to the highlights of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), which provides much-needed investments to modernize the U.S. transportation system.
November 18, 2021
What is "Employee Engagement" and why does it matter?
Kristen Ireland and Erin Mies, principals of People Spark Consulting, have seen what works and what doesn't when it comes to fostering workplaces with highly engaged employees. What does it mean to be an "engaged" employee? How much influence can employers have on engagement? In this episode, they outline misconceptions and best practices.  People Spark Consulting will be available for more management topics at the NGFA's 50th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show on Dec. 7-9. Go to - Program ( Video referenced in podcast: Simon Sinek Noah - YouTube
November 16, 2021
The Elevator Pitch - Nov. 12, 2021
Listen to the congressional resolution honoring the NGFA's 125th anniversary.
November 12, 2021
The Elevator Pitch - Oct. 22, 2021
Listen to a brief update from Bobby Frederick, NGFA’s vice president of legislative affairs and public policy, about the latest events on Capitol Hill.
October 22, 2021
The Elevator Pitch - Oct. 7, 2021
Join Bobby Frederick, NGFA's vice president of legislative affairs and public policy, for a brief summary of what's happening on Capitol Hill.
October 07, 2021
"Transforming Harvest Safety" - Dryer Operations with David Noel
David Noel, grain health and safety manager at Perdue Agribusiness, joins Jim Seibert, NGFA director of safety, education and training, for NGFA's Harvest Safety Week and a discussion about dryer operations. 
August 20, 2021
"Transforming Harvest Safety" - Struck-By Hazards with Mark Trainor
Mark Trainor, safety manager at FS Grain, joins Jim Seibert, NGFA director of safety, education and training, for NGFA's Harvest Safety Week and a discussion about struck-by hazards. “Keep your head on a swivel and pay attention to your surroundings.”
August 20, 2021
"Transforming Harvest Safety" - Critical Pieces of Equipment with Jarrod Nickelson
Jarrod Nickelson, grain manager at MKC - Mid Kansas Coop, joins Jim Seibert, NGFA director of safety, education and training, for NGFA's Harvest Safety Week and a discussion about critical pieces of equipment.  "The main thing that’s going to keep you safe is when people know your plan and are on board with it."
August 20, 2021
"Transforming Harvest Safety" - Bin Harvest Prep with Marie Dinwiddie
Marie Dinwiddie, EHS specialist at Fehr Graham, joins Jim Seibert, NGFA director of safety, education and training, for NGFA's Harvest Safety Week and a discussion about bin harvest prep.  "Don’t just pray for a safe harvest; make it a safe harvest. It's all up to you."
August 20, 2021
Celebrating "125 Years of Transforming America's Harvest" - Growing Opportunities for Women in Agribusiness
Amy Cornell, president of the Agribusiness Council of Indiana, discusses the value of groups like Women of Indiana Agribusiness. As part of NGFA's 125th anniversary celebration, the Association is focused on how to best position the industry for success in the next 125 years, including "transforming the face of our future." 
August 10, 2021
Reflecting on an NGFA career with Randy Gordon
Randy Gordon is retiring by the end of March 2021 after serving nearly 43 years with the nation’s largest and most diverse agribusiness association – the last eight as its president and CEO. In this discussion, he reflects on his time and lessons learned serving the grain, feed and processing industry, and looks forward to the future. 
February 25, 2021
Transition to the Biden administration with Jonathan Coppess
Jonathan Coppess, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, joined “Listen with NGFA” to discuss his experience as a member of President Biden’s transition team for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the role of land idling programs in potential climate legislation, and the next generation of agricultural leaders.
January 28, 2021
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., joined NGFA Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Bobby Frederick to discuss legislative priorities under a Biden administration, challenges in representing a diverse district with both large urban and rural counties, as well as progress toward the goal of "civility" in Congress, among several other topics. 
December 04, 2020
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., joins NGFA Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Bobby Frederick to discuss agricultural policy and what to expect in 2021. With the retirement of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Sen. Boozman is expected to be the leading Republican on the committee. 
December 02, 2020
Mental Health in Agriculture with Dr. Deborah Reed
Dr. Deborah Reed received her BSN, MSN, MSPH, and PhD from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Reed was named a UK Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor in 2011 in recognition of her service to the university and the Commonwealth. She was appointed to the Good Samaritan Foundation Chair in Community Health Nursing in 2012. In addition to her research and service in the College of Nursing, Dr. Reed works with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment as an agricultural health nurse. Read more about her here and her most recent research, Farm Dinner Theater.  Access the Crisis Text Hotline and several other mental health resources at 
November 30, 2020
CEC 2020 is Virtual - What Should You Expect?
NGFA's 49th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show is virtual this year on Dec. 8-10! What does that mean and what exactly are you getting when you register? NGFA Vice President of Meetings and Marketing Rebecca Grubbs is here to answer your biggest questions about a virtual event. (Register at
October 14, 2020
Creating a Culture of Safety
Jason Eardley, process safety director for Archer Daniels Midland Co. and chairman of NGFA’s Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee (SHEQ), outlines the most important aspects of harvest safety and ways to instill a culture of safety in any workplace. 
August 27, 2020
Being an Active NGFA Member during COVID-19...and Beyond
NGFA Vice President of Events and Marketing Rebecca Grubbs describes how NGFA events have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and what members can expect for the rest of the year. She also outlines some aspects of NGFA membership that new, seasoned and prospective NGFA members will find valuable.
July 08, 2020
What's next for the Barge Digital Transformation Project?
Brittany Schaefer, logistics manager at Bunge North America, shares the latest updates on the Barge Digital Transformation Project (BDT), which is preparing to launch commercially this year. Schaefer, who chairs the industry BDT Steering Committee, describes how the new electronic platform will digitally transmit barge trading documents for southbound barge traffic on the Mississippi River system, including the estimated 75,000 to 100,000 bills of lading issued annually on this segment of the river system alone.  Schaefer also chairs the National Grain and Feed Digital Solutions, which has been established to oversee implementation and administration of the new platform.  Learn more at
July 08, 2020
Trucking Transportation during COVID-19
NGFA Vice President of Economics and Government Relations Max Fisher discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has affected agricultural trucking transportation and how NGFA works to improve trucking efficiency. 
June 05, 2020
Lobbying on Capitol Hill during COVID-19
NGFA Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Bobby Frederick discusses how activity on Capitol Hill has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and how NGFA members can continue to their grassroots efforts. 
June 05, 2020