February 13-15, 2023 – The 20th International Marketing Conference and 63rd Annual Membership Meeting

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Meeting Agenda

*Please note that this is a preliminary agenda, please check back as we update this page. 

The 20th International Marketing Conference & 63rd Annual Membership Meeting
Savannah, Georgia
Feb. 13-15, 2023

Sunday, February 12

Time Event
10a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
2nd Floor Foyer
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. A-Team Lead/Board Liaison Training
Percival
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Optional Tour: Old Town Trolley
Meet in hotel lobby at 1:15 p.m.
3:30-5:00 p.m.  Board of Directors
Scarbrough 1-3
6:00-10:00 p.m.  Super Bowl Watch Party
Harborside Ballroom
Sponsored by: Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Kentucky Corn Promotion Council, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, and Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, Kansas Corm Commission. 

Monday, February 13

Time Event
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
2nd Floor Foyer
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Invitation Only:
Introducing the Council Breakfast
Verelst
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Invitation Only:
Checkoff/USGC Staff Breakfast

Scarbrough 2-3
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Spouse/Guest Breakfast
Scarbrough 4-5
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Continuous Coffee
Regency Ballroom Foyer
9 a.m. – Noon General Session
Regency Ballroom
Welcome to Savannah
Greg Van Brunt,
Regional Sales Manager, Trade Development
Georgia Ports AuthorityState of the Council
Ryan LeGrand, President & CEO

Opportunities and Challenges Around the World
Moderator: Ryan LeGrand
Heidi Bringenberg, Mexico Office Director
Caleb Wurth, Southeast Asia & Oceania Regional Director
Ramy Taieb, Middle East/Africa/Europe Regional Director
Tommy Hamamoto, Japan Office Director

Celebrating Our Trade History; Past Chairmen Panel
Moderator: Cary Sifferath
Eldon Gould, Illinois Corn Marketing Board
Dale Artho, Texas Sorghum Grain Producers
Alan Tiemann, Nebraska Corn Board
Darren Armstrong, North Carolina Corn Growers Association

Expectations for the Next Farm Bill
Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Harborside Ballroom
1:45 – 5 p.m. Advisory Team Meetings:
Asia
Vereslst
Ethanol
Scarbrough 3-4
Innovation and Sustainability
Plimsoll
Middle East /Africa/South Asia
Scarbrough 5
Trade Policy
Percival
Value – Added
Vernon
Western Hemisphere
Scarbrough 1-2
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Continuous Coffee
Scarbrough & 2nd Floor Foyers
Sponsored By: Arkansas Farm Bureau, Colorado Farm Bureau, Iowa Farm Bureau, and Kentucky Farm Bureau
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Harborside Ballroom

Tuesday, February 14

Time Event
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
2nd Floor Foyer 
7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast
Harborside Ballroom 
8 – 9:30 a.m. Sector Meetings:
Agribusiness
Scarbrough 1-2
Barley
Plimsoll
Corn
Regency Ballroom 
General Farm Organizations
Vernon
Sorghum
Scarbrough 5
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Continuous Coffee
Scarbrough & Regency Foyers 
10 a.m. – Noon Advisory Team Meetings:
Asia
Verelst
Ethanol
Scarbrough 3-4
Innovation and Sustainability
Plimsoll
Middle East /Africa/South Asia
Scarbrough 5
Trade Policy
Percival
Value – Added
Vernon 
Western Hemisphere
Scarbrough 1-2
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Optional Tour: Prohibition Museum
Meet in hotel lobby at 10:15 a.m. 
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
Harborside Ballroom 
1:45 – 5 p.m. Advisory Team Meetings:
Asia
Verelst
Ethanol
Scarbrough 3-4
Innovation and Sustainability
Plimsoll
Middle East /Africa/South Asia
Scarbrough 5
Trade Policy
Percival
Value – Added
Vernon
Western Hemisphere
Scarbrough 1-2 
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Continuous Coffee
Scarbrough & 2nd Floor Foyers
6 – 9 p.m. Offsite Event: Service Brewing
Meet in hotel lobby at 5:45 p.m. 

Wednesday, February 15

Time Event
7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Harborside Ballroom 
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration
2nd Floor Foyer 
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Continuous Coffee
Regency Ballroom Foyer 
8:30 a.m. – Noon Board of Delegates Meeting
Regency BallroomLaunching Corn Sustainability Assurance Protocol
Andrew Brandt, director of trade policy
Carlos Suarez, manager of sustainability, policy and innovation

Launching Refreshed Strategic Plan
Josh Miller, chairman of the U.S. Grains Council
Brent Boydston, vice chairman of the U.S. Grains Council
Ryan LeGrand, president and CEO of U.S. Grains Council

1:30 – 5 p.m. Board of Directors & A-Team Leaders Meeting
Scarbrough 1-3
1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Optional Tour: Georgia Port Authority Tour
Meet in hotel lobby at 1:15 p.m. 

*Lunch will not be provided on Wednesday, February 15th*