Please browse the preliminary agenda below. These items may be subject to change.

Monday, November 14, 2016


9:00 –10:00         Welcome Coffee 
Global Supply and Demand Trade Flows in Organic & Non-GMO Ingredients

Kellee James, CEO, Mercaris

The ABCs of Plant Breeding

Rex Bernardo, Professor and Endowed Chair in Corn Breeding and Genetics, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota

11:45-12:45          Lunch Sponsored by HighQuest Consulting
Organic Certification Processes

Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth


Certified Transitional: Challenges Along the Value Chain

April Crittenden, Director of Farm Certification, CCOF Certification Services, LLC

Certified Transitional: Approaches to the Market 


Anna Key Jesus, Senior Director- Quality Systems, Amy's Kitchen, Inc.

Jay Johnson, Senior Vice President of Sales, Healthy Food Ingredients

Sarah Krol, Global Director, Food Product Certification, NSF International / QAI

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


Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth


3:00-3:30            Coffee Break
GMO Labeling: The Impact of the New Mandatory GMO Labeling Law 

Dag Falck, Organic Program Manager, Nature’s Path Organic Foods

Nancy Knight, Business Unit Manager, NSF Consumer Values Verified

Keith Jones, Professional Staff, U.S.House of Representatives - Committee on Agriculture


Peter Golbitz, Founder and Thought Leader, Agromeris

Creating Solutions for Traceability Along the Supply Chain

Ben Allen, Enterprise Solutions Lead - Agriculture, Trimble

Keynote: From Humble Beginnings to Multi-Billion Dollar Business; It’s Still All About The Soil

Jeff Moyer, Executive Director, Rodale Institute

6:00-7:30            Reception sponsored by Women in Agribusiness

Tuesday November 15, 2016

8:00- 9:00          Breakfast sponsored by Where Food Comes From

Cost Analysis: Understanding the Short and Long-term Costs of Organic, Non-GMO and Conventional Systems

Catherine Greene, Senior Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA

Understanding the Supply Gap for U.S. Organic and Non-GMO

Peter Golbitz, Founder and Thought Leader, Agromeris


Closing remarks

Closing Coffee Break





BONUS SESSIONS at the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit


11:15-11:25      Welcome
11:25-11:45      Opening comments from Minnesota Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, Matt Wohlman
11:45- 12:30    Major Trends Driving Change in North American Agriculture
                                        Marlene Boersch, Owner & Managing Partner, Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc.
                                        Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Group
12:30-1:15        Millennial Food Behavior and What it Means for the Ag Supply Chain
                                         Eve Turow Paul, Author & Consultant, ETP Insights, LLC
1:15-2:15           Lunch Sponsored by Highest Consulting
Breakout Sessions
                           Room A: Transportation and Logistics - A Supply Chain Perspective
                                       Rob Keller, Director of Feed Grains and Oilseeds, BNSF Railway Company
                                       Jim Mikel, International Cargo Ops Specialist, Paxton Van Lines Incorporated
                                        Marcel van Dijk, Manager Cargo Marketing, Port of Los Angeles
                                       David Headley , Senior Manager, HighQuest Group
                            Room B: Animal Protein Outlook
                                        Deborah Perkins, Managing Director, Rabobank
                            Room A: Overview  of Soybean Crush Feasibility for Manitoba, Canada
                                        Marlene Boersch, Owner & Managing Partner, Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc.
                             Room B: Trends and Outlook for Animal Feed
                                         Eduardo Galo, Managing Director -North America, Novus International, Inc.
                                         Mark Schuett,CEO and Owner,  American Natural Soy
                                         Rick Spellins, Managing Director, Commodity Purchasing, Tyson Foods, Inc.
                                         Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Group
3:55-4:30           Coffee Break
4:30-5:15           Surplus Grains & Oilseeds in 2016, But What Lies Ahead for 2017
                                          Bill Lapp, President and Founder, Advanced Economic Solutions (AES)
5:15-6:00           Managing Commodity Risk in Today’s CPG World
                                          David Brown, VP Commodity Price & Risk Management, Mondelēz International
6:00-7:30           Reception sponsored by INTL FCStone and Soybean Premiums