× A.B. Stoddard
A.B. Stoddard
Associate Editor and Columnist, RealClearPolitics

A.B. Stoddard is an associate editor and columnist with political news site and polling data aggregator RealClearPolitics, and a contributor and guest host for SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel. She appears regularly on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNN, and MSNBC for her expertise as a political commentator. She is a former associate editor and columnist for The Hill newspaper. Her column with The Hill won first place Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington, D.C. chapter in 2010 and 2011.

Nonpartisan, Stoddard addresses elections and the political landscape of the day. Frequently meeting with sources and politicians of all stripes, Stoddard has her finger on the pulse of Washington, DC as she offers detailed and smart political and electoral analyses. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, her talks cover the five biggest stories in the news, the most up-to-date happenings between Congress and the White House, ongoing budget battles and the electoral prospects for the two parties.

Journalism Journey. Stoddard had always wanted to be a reporter, and she caught the political bug watching Justice Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination hearings. She began her journalism career as a reporter for the Potomac News in northern Virginia, and she has covered the U.S. Congress since 1994 as a reporter at The Hill and a Senate producer for ABC News. She returned to The Hill as a commentator and columnist in 2006.

× Darren Seifer
Darren Seifer
Executive Director, Industry Analyst - Food Consumption, The NPD Group

As the food & beverage industry analyst for The NPD Group, a leading market research company, Darren provides insights based on NPD’s food-related research to organizations and companies across the country. Prior to joining NPD in March 2007, he was an analyst with Information Resources, Inc (IRI), and spent over seven years examining consumer packaged goods trends, and worked with a variety of industry leaders covering dozens of food and beverage categories. He has authored NPD topical reports on how the economy affects consumers’ in-home meal strategies, profile of the organics consumer, the impact of Baby Boomers and Millennials on America’s eating patterns, the unique consumption behaviors of Hispanics in the U.S., and has been a contributing writer for trade publications.

Darren is a frequent speaker at industry events such as the Institutes of Medicine and Biome Research, National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA), Obesity Society, Shopper Marketing Expo, United Fresh, and is a faculty member of the Path to Purchase Institute. He holds a bachelor degree from Northwestern University and makes his home in New York City.

× Darren Seifer
Scott Colbert
Executive Vice President, Chief Economist and Director of Fixed Income, The Commerce Trust Company

Mr. Scott M. Colbert, CFA is a Vice President and Director at Commerce Bank. He is the Director of Fixed Income Management at The Commerce Trust Company. Mr. Colbert is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc. He joined Commerce in 1993 and has vast years of investment experience. Previously, Mr. Colbert spent six years as a Portfolio Manager at Armco Investment Management, managing fixed-income investments for employee-benefit, insurance, and endowment funds. Mr. Colbert is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

× Ted McKinney
Ted McKinney
Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, United States Department of Agriculture

Ted McKinney serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Under Secretary McKinney leads the development and implementation of the Department’s trade policy, oversees and facilitates foreign market access, and promotes opportunities for U.S. agriculture through various trade programs and high-level government negotiations.

In 2014, McKinney was appointed by then-Governor Mike Pence to serve as Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, a position he held until joining USDA in 2017. His career also included 19 years with Dow AgroSciences and 14 years with Elanco, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, where he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs. His industry and civic involvement has included service on the National FFA Convention Local Organizing Committee, Indiana State Fair Commission, and Purdue College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as on the boards of directors of the International Food Information Council, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and International Federation of Animal Health.

McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana, and was a 10-year 4-H member and an Indiana State FFA Officer. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1981 and received the G.A. Ross Award as the outstanding senior male graduate. In 2002, he was named a Purdue Agriculture Distinguished Alumnus and, in 2004, received an FFA Honorary American degree. He and his wife, Julie, have three children and four grandchildren.

× Ron Sterk
Ron Sterk
Senior Editor, Markets, Food Business News and Milling & Baking News, and Editor of the Sosland Sweetener Report

Ron Sterk is senior editor, markets, for Food Business News and Milling & Baking News, and is editor of the Sosland Sweetener Report. Prior to joining Sosland Publishing Company in 2003, he was involved in market coverage and management for several years for the real-time news services of Knight-Ridder Financial Information, Bridge Information Services and Futures World News. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism with a focus in agronomy from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

× Lucas Fuess
Lucas Fuess
Director of Dairy Market Intelligence
HighGround Dairy


Lucas Fuess has spent a lifetime in dairy, growing up on his family’s 200-cow farm in Upstate New York. Lucas graduated with distinction in research from Cornell University, where he studied Animal Science and International Agriculture. Lucas started his career as a Dairy Analyst at Glanbia Nutritionals and was soon promoted to the Dairy Economist role after completing Master’s Degrees at Purdue and Indiana Universities. In 2018, Lucas joined HighGround Dairy as Director of Market Intelligence, leading HighGround Dairy’s best-in-class global dairy market analysis group. Lucas resides in Chicago, Illinois, USA and was recently named to AgGrad’s “30 Under 30” list.

× Hugo van der Goes
Hugo van der Goes
Vice President Cocoa, North America
Barry Callebaut


Mr. van der Goes is the vice-president of cocoa, North America, for Barry Callebaut. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s North American cocoa business, including leadership of the commercial team, risk management and financial performance of the business. He is a member of Barry Callebaut’s global cocoa and the Americas leadership teams. Before joining Barry Callebaut, Mr. van der Goes worked for 16 years at Cargill in different senior management positions within the cocoa and chocolate division. His roles included responsibility for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate commercial and cocoa sustainability functions. He currently is Chairman and board member of The Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America. Mr. van der Goes attended Erasmus University, Rotterdam (The Netherlands), where he received a master’s of science degree in economics and international marketing management.

× Stephen Nicholson
Stephen Nicholson
Senior Analyst
Rabo Agrifinance


Stephen Nicholson is a grains and oilseeds analyst at Rabo AgriFinance in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group.

Nicholson has more than thirty years of experience in cash grain markets, hedging, commodity/ingredient procurement, commodity risk management and commodity analysis. A native of Iowa, he holds a bachelor’s in Farm Operations and Agricultural Education and a master’s in Agricultural Economics, both from Iowa State University.

Prior to joining Rabo AgriFinance, Nicholson was most recently Category Manager and Chief Economist with International Food Products, a trader and distributor of food ingredients. Responsibilities included procurement and trading of vegetable oils, corn sweeteners, starches and grain products, along with consulting assignments.

From 2001 to 2007, he was a Senior Economist with Doane Agricultural Services in St. Louis as the oilseed analyst.

Nicholson also has nearly fifteen years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He has served as Senior Buyer at The Earthgrains Company, now the Sara Lee Baking Group, in St. Louis. From 1988 to 1997, he was the Senior Commodity Analyst in the Global Procurement and Trading Company at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. While at Coca-Cola, he was involved in the creation of the first commodity risk management and governance policy framework for the company.

× Ronald Lord
Ronald Lord
Director, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division
Office of Trade Programs
Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Since 2002, Ron Lord has served as the Director of the Import Policies and Export Reporting Division within the Office of Trade Programs at USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Previously, Ron was a principal procurement analyst with Coca Cola and also held other positions within USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and Economic Research Service. He held positions in academia at the University of Wisconsin (at both the Menomonie and Richland Center campuses). He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Earlham College in Indiana before receiving his master’s degree in agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University.

× James Liddiard
James Liddiard
Senior Vice President
Agrilion Commodity Advisers LLC


James Liddiard is a senior vice president at Agrilion Commodity Advisers LLC, a private and independent New York based consultancy firm that provides bespoke risk management solutions and advisory services in the international sugar and ethanol markets.

× Tom McNeill
Tom McNeill
Managing Director
Green Pool Commodity Specialists


Tom McNeill is the Managing Director of Green Pool Commodity Specialists, based in Brisbane Australia. Tom developed the company late in 2011 following an earlier career as Managing Director in Kingsman's Research Group from 2003-2011.

Tom is passionate about the sugar and biofuels segment, forging much of his career in the commodities sector. Spanning 20 years from 1982-2002, Tom fulfilled senior roles in grower relations, export marking, strategy and analysis at Qld Sugar Corporation, Qld Sugar Ltd and CSR Raw Sugar Marketing.

Building on the Green Pool team's agricultural, analytical and editorial expertise, Tom and the team continue to build a solid understanding of the factors influencing fast moving markets, so as to provide clients with views generated from within a consistent framework.

Tom is a frequent speaker at sugar and biofuel industry conferences and seminars, and is regularly quoted in major global commodity news.

Tom is qualified with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from University of Illinois, USA and received Bachelors in Agriculture and Economics from University of Queensland, Australia.

× Ron Sterk
Ron Sterk
Senior Editor, Markets
Sosland Publishing


Ron Sterk is senior editor, markets, for Food Business News and Milling & Baking News, and is editor of the Sosland Sweetener Report. Prior to joining Sosland Publishing Company in 2003, he was involved in market coverage and management for several years for the real-time news services of Knight-Ridder Financial Information, Bridge Information Services and Futures World News. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism with a focus in agronomy from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

× Vincent O’Rourke
Vincent O’Rourke
Trade and Market Analyst
C. Czarnikow Sugar, Inc.


Vincent O’Rourke is a trader and market analyst within the raw sugar trading team at Czarnikow. His role includes global book management, position keeping, spread position optimization and broker relationships. O’Rourke also uses his expertise to prepare market models, regional sugar flows and balances, market hedging strategies, and long term spread analysis.

× Humberto Jasso
Humberto Jasso
Executive President
Mexican Sugar Chamber


Humberto Jasso is Executive President of the Mexican Sugar Chamber, which represents the sugar mill companies that transform cane into sugar in Mexico, before the Government, cane growers, labor unions, abroad, and in the defense of sugar as a healthy ingredient.

Before joining the Sugar Chamber in 2011, Humberto Jasso worked for 22 years in the Trade Ministry of Mexico, and participated in the original negotiation of the NAFTA, as well as in the negotiation of many international trade Agreements signed by Mexico with the European Union, Japan and many Latin American countries.

Humberto Jasso lives in Mexico City with his wife and two sons. He has a BA Degree in Economics from Yale College and a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from Cambridge University.

× Frank Jenkins
Frank Jenkins
President
JSG Commodities


Frank Jenkins, president of Jenkins Sugar Group, has over 20 years of experience as a broker and consultant focusing mainly on the US/NAFTA sugar markets. Prior to founding Jenkins Sugar Group in 1993, he worked on the sugar desk of ED&F Man in New York from 1983 to 1986, and served as vice president in Merrill Lynch Private Client Group in New York from 1986 to 1993. Frank was honored to serve as president of the Sugar Club of New York and has been a featured speaker at numerous industry and USDA sponsored forums.

× Bill Reinsch
Bill Reinsch
Senior Advisor and Scholl Chair in International Business
Center for Strategic and International Studies


Bill Reinsch is the Scholl Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a senior advisor at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Previously he served fifteen years as President of the National Foreign Trade Council. The NFTC, founded in 1914, is the oldest and largest business association dedicated solely to trade policy, export finance, international tax, and human resource issues. The organization represents some 200 companies through its offices in New York and Washington, D.C. As president, Reinsch led NFTC’s efforts in favor of open markets, in support of Eximbank and OPIC, against unilateral sanctions and in support of sound international tax policy, among many other international trade and tax issues of concern to U.S. business. From 2001 to 2016, Mr. Reinsch concurrently served as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, teaching courses in globalization, trade, and development and in trade policy.

Prior to joining the NFTC, Reinsch served as the Under Secretary for Export Administration in the Department of Commerce. In that position he administered and enforced the export control policies and anti-boycott laws of the U.S. government and monitored the condition of the nation’s defense industrial base. Prior to taking this position, Mr. Reinsch spent twenty years on Capitol Hill from 1973 to 1993, most of them as senior Legislative Assistant to the late Senator John Heinz and subsequently to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. He received a B.A. in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and has two adult children.

× Rick Pasco
Rick Pasco
President
Sweetener Users Association


Rick Pasco is a partner at Watkinson Miller PLLC where he is legal counsel and lobbyist for a number of agribusiness clients in the food, agricultural, trade and environmental arenas. He has more than 30 years of experience working in agriculture and food-related legislative and regulatory matters. Mr. Pasco specializes in advising and representing trade associations and companies on government policies and programs. In this capacity, he serves as President of the Sweetener Users Association and Vice President of the Sugar Club.

He has a wealth of experience working with Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has played a key role in implementing lobbying strategies and advancing agricultural program and trade reforms, as well as developing environmental guidelines, food labeling rules, and food safety/nutrition legislation. During the course of his private and public-sector career, he has been closely involved in six omnibus farm bills.

An important part of Mr. Pasco's work for trade associations is his counsel and advice to ensure that their political action committees (PACs) are in full compliance with federal elections laws and regulations administered by the Federal Election Commission. He is the firm's expert on these issues. Mr. Pasco is uniquely qualified to bring his broad experience to bear in helping solve the problems of clients in the private sector.

Mr. Pasco is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Colorado and Nebraska. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and earned a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics and a J.D. degree from the University of Nebraska.

× Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson
Vice President, Trade & Industry Affairs
Corn Refiners Association


Michael Anderson is Vice President, Trade & Industry Relations for the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), the trade association representing the corn milling industry. He has over 25 years of experience in international trade, agriculture, and economics in the government and private sector. At CRA he provides strategic and tactical leadership to CRA and its members regarding trade policy, statistical and co-products reporting programs, transportation issues, and industry affairs. Prior to joining CRA, Anderson served at the U.S. International Trade Commission holding positions as an international economist, advisor to the Commissioner, supervisor, and office director, working on industry competitiveness, trade remedy investigations, free trade agreements, and trade policy analysis for the U.S. Congress and the President. Previously he worked at the U.S. Trade Representative’ Office as an international economist supporting U.S. trade negotiations and policy positions at the World Trade Organization.

Anderson holds a master’s degree in international business from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah.

× Sharon Bomer Lauritsen
Sharon Bomer Lauritsen
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Sharon Bomer Lauritsen is Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President. She assumed the position in May 2011.

Ms. Bomer has overall responsibility for negotiations and policy coordination regarding agriculture. Responsibilities of the office include Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and World Trade Organization (WTO) Development Agenda (Doha) negotiations on agriculture and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, issues affecting trade in agricultural and food products, monitoring and enforcement of existing WTO and FTA commitments for agriculture, and WTO accession negotiations on agriculture market access.

Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Bomer was Executive Vice President of the Food and Agriculture Section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) where she led BIO’s Food and Agriculture Section on public policy activities, including overseeing relationships with a wide range of international, federal, state and local entities.

Prior to joining BIO in 2006, Ms. Bomer served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, where she was responsible for U.S. government negotiations on a wide range of food and agriculture trade issues. Ms. Bomer has also held senior management positions in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Early in her career, she was Director of Government Affairs for United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and worked for a Member of Congress.

× Brian Grunenfelder
Brian Grunenfelder
Trade Advisor
American Sugar Alliance


Brian Grunenfelder has served as Trade Advisor to the American Sugar Alliance, the national coalition of growers, processors, and refiners of sugarbeets and sugarcane, since January 2019.

Brian joined USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in 1984. He served in a variety of trade policy-focused positions over his 27-year career with FAS, including Acting Deputy Administrator, Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs; Assistant Deputy Administrator, Office of Negotiations and Agreements (ONA); and Director, Asia and Americas Division, International Trade Policy.

From 2011-2016, Brian served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in USTR’s Office of Agricultural Affairs. In addition to his portfolio of responsibilities that included South Korea, Colombia, and Peru, Brian also served as a lead negotiator in the agriculture market access group negotiations with Japan as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) initiative.

× Randy Green
Randy Green
Principal
Watson Green LLC


Randy Green, a principal at Watson Green LLC, has seen food and agriculture policy from all sides, having served in both the executive and legislative branches of government and in the private sector. Over his career he has been closely involved in the development of five multi-year farm bills, as well as major legislation and regulations affecting derivatives, food safety, animal health and human nutrition.

Randy came to Washington in the 1980s to work for former Representative Charles Stenholm (D-Tex.) and later served former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on the staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee. With the exception of two years as a deputy under secretary of agriculture, Randy served on the agriculture committee staff continuously from 1989 to 1999. The last two years he was chief of staff.

In 1999 Randy entered the private sector to represent agricultural and food industry clients. Earlier in his career, he managed government relations for the American Soybean Association and was director of the Wheat Export Trade Education Center.

In 2013, Randy and Lisa Watson formed Watson Green LLC, a firm centered on food and agriculture policy and public affairs.

× Mike McConnell
Mike McConnell
Agricultural Economist
Economic Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Michael McConnell is an Agricultural Economist in the Markets and Trade Economics Division at the Economic Research Service, USDA. He has been the Coordinator of the agency’s Sugar and Sweeteners Market Outlook Program since October 2014. Michael also worked in the ERS market outlook program from August 2007 to January 2011, focusing on international livestock and meat markets and international sugar and biofuel markets. Prior to his return to ERS, Michael was a Senior Consultant with Informa Economics in McLean, VA, and from 2011 to 2013 was the grains analyst for Agricultural Division at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Michael received both his M.S. and B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

× Rohan Nelson
Rohan Nelson
Senior Advisor for Industry Policy
ABARES
Canberra, Australia


Rohan Nelson leads ABARES Agricultural Forecasting and Policy program, and is responsible for developing ABARES forecasting capability. He is an agricultural economist with degrees in economics and forestry from the Australian National University, and a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Queensland. His current interests include the future role of public sector forecasting in agriculture, and the role that government and industry policy plays in the development of agricultural industries. Rohan has also worked for the Productivity Commission, the University of Tasmania, the Department of Climate Change and CSIRO.

× Dan Shorts
Dan Shorts
Director of Government Affairs
National Confectioners Association


Dan Shorts manages federal government affairs for the trade organization that represents the $54 billion U.S. confectionery industry. Dan works to protect and advance the interests of makers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints. His work represents confectionery production across all 50 states, including 54,000 workers in more than 1,000 manufacturing facilities across the country.

Dan’s legislative portfolio focuses on agricultural subsidies, nutritional issues, and regulatory affairs under the jurisdiction of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. He also engages on tax, trade, labor and other legislative matters that affect the confectionery business.

× Craig Ruffolo
Craig Ruffolo
Vice President – Commodity Specialist
McKeany-Flavell Company


After graduating with a B.A. in economics from Knox College in 1992, Craig began his business career in the word of Banking. During the two years at California Bancshares in Alameda, CA, he was an auditor of commercial and residential bank loans.

For the past Twent-three years Craig has worked at McKeany-Flavell Company becoming immersed in the commodity ingredient sector and seen as an expert in the North American sugar and corn sweetener markets. As counsel to the Food and Beverage industry, McKeany-Flavell, and Craig Ruffolo assist domestic and multi-national clients through their market research, analysis of issues, and presentations to those they serve and the general public. He now serves the company as Vice President.

Craig’s career with McKeany-Flavell has garnered opportunities to travel the world augmenting his first hand knowledge of these markets. These travels have taken him to many areas of the world including; Europe, China, India, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico. In the last fifteen years Craig has authored and presented his analysis of the global sweetener markets at industry conferences both domestically and internationally.

Craig is not only recognized for his knowledge on the sugar and corn sweetener markets, but is keenly aware of the many factors that impact markets such as Bio-Fuels, particularly ethanol, honey and edible fats & oils. In addition, he has access to McKeany-Flavell in-house expertise in other key commodity areas such as Cocoa & Chocolate, Fruit Concentrates, Molasses and Nutmeats.

Craig is a sports enthusiast of baseball, football, basketball & swimming: Playing at both the High School and Collegiate level.

Craig is a dedicated husband to Stacia (Stay-sha) and father to son Jake Ryan and daughter Nicole Paige Ruffolo.

× Barb Fecso
Barb Fecso
Branch Chief of the Commodity Analysis Branch, Economic and Policy Analysis Division
Farm Production and Conservation Business Center
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Barbara Fecso is the Branch Chief of the Commodity Analysis Branch, Economic and Policy Analysis Division, Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is responsible for overseeing the administration of the domestic sugar, dairy, livestock, cotton, peanuts, grains and oilseeds programs. Barbara provides guidance to the Secretary of Agriculture in the formulation and implementation of national policies and procedures, as well as economic and budgetary impact analysis of those programs.

Barbara has almost twenty-five years of government service in USDA with an emphasis on program analysis, operations and budgetary analysis. She initially spent five years with the Natural Resource Conservation Service as a program analyst for conservation technical assistance, watershed and animal waste management programs. She then spent two years as a wheat and pulse crop analyst at the Farm Service Agency before shifting to sugar. She was named Director of FSA’s Dairy and Sweeteners Analysis branch in 2014 and played a critical role in the negotiation of the current sugar trade agreement with Mexico. In October 2018, she was named Branch Chief under USDA’s reorganization.

Barbara received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana in 1994. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and lived for almost twenty years in central Illinois. She has three children and now resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband.

× Bill O’Conner
Bill O’Conner
Agriculture Policy Expert
Watkinson Miller PLLC


Bill O'Conner joined the firm of Watkinson Miller PLLC in 2010, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in the legislative and executive branches of government. During that time, he was one of the key policy staffers in the development and passage of five farm bills, three laws to restructure and reform the Farm Credit System, and the entire legislative development of the federal crop insurance program.

He also played a key role in the legislative evolution of futures and derivatives regulation from the 1980's through House passage of the most recent financial services reform in 2009. He continues to follow closely the implementation of the Dodd - Frank Act and the huge number of regulations that are being promulgated to implement that Act. He was at the center of legislation regulating pesticides, including the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. He has played a major legislative role in all of the diverse legislation in the jurisdiction of the House Agriculture Committee from forestry to food stamps and tobacco to trade.

× David Pietsch
David Pietsch
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Sugar Milling Council


David Pietsch is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sugar Milling Council. Raised on a family beef and sheep farm on the Darling Downs in Queensland, David is a passionate advocate for prosperous and sustainable Australian rural industries.

He has spent 20 years in the agribusiness sector in communications, marketing and leadership roles, principally with AgForce Queensland and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). Prior to joining ASMC in 2018, David led MLA’s North American team for four years, based in Washington D.C., delivering Australian beef & lamb marketing and market access programs in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Before that David worked with MLA in Sydney in stakeholder engagement & communications roles, including three years as General Manager Communications.

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  • 2020 MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER COLLOQUIUM
    Co-hosted by the Sweetener Users Association and the International Dairy Foods Association, the Colloquium has long been considered the industry’s premier gathering for leaders of the global sweetener industry. This annual event provides a unique opportunity for key players from all sectors to discuss the most pressing issues facing the global sweetener industry.

    The Colloquium draws hundreds of professionals and decision-makers from the sweetener industry and from companies that use sweeteners in the products they make. Buyers, refiners, distributors and food companies actively participate in the Colloquium, using it as a springboard to enhance their business and trading-partner network.

    Highlights
    For almost 40 years, the International Sweetener Colloquium has been a popular place for industry professionals to meet, network and conduct business. The flexible meeting format and location encourage formal and informal discussions and fosters relationships, while a host of informative presentations highlight important trends and issues affecting the sweetener industry.

    EDUCATION  • • •  From new trade agreements and regulatory policies to concerns about processing, distribution and product innovation, the issues affecting the natural and artificial sweeteners industry require a constant learning process.

    NETWORKING  • • •  Receptions, sporting events, educational and policy sessions, informal meetings and meals are all perfect opportunities to make business connections and broaden your reach to new industry contacts.

    COMMUNICATION  • • •  Opportunities for one-on-one connections and sharing ideas across the industry are a hallmark of the Colloquium. The format encourages formal and informal discussions as colleagues, decision-makers and trading partners participate in educational sessions, meetings and in-depth discussions about industry issues.

    BUSINESS  • • •  The busy hallways, sessions and networking events at the Colloquium offer a lucrative opportunity to foster business relationships with the most influential people working with sugar and sweeteners today.

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    Sunday, February 23
    9:00 AM 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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    9:30 AM 9:30 - 11:00 AM
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    Location: Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort & Club

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    Monday, February 24
    7:30 AM 7:30 AM - Noon
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    8:00 AM 8:00 - 9:00 AM
    Session I: Breakfast and Keynote Address
    As USDA’s under secretary for trade and agricultural affairs, Ted McKinney has traveled the globe to promote new market opportunities for U.S. agricultural products. He plays a leading role in trade efforts undertaken by the Trump administration and is well-versed in the current state of play in U.S. trade negotiations. McKinney also oversees the U.S. sugar program in concert with USDA’s under secretary for farm production. He’ll share valuable insight into what we can expect from U.S. trade and sugar policies in the year ahead.

    Speaker
    Ted McKinney Ted McKinney (invited)
    Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs
    United States Department of Agriculture
     
    9:15 AM 9:15 - 10:30 AM
    Session II: International Sugar Market Outlook
    The global sugar market continues to evolve, transitioning from a year of surplus supply in 2018 to a deficit this year, and several countries are setting the pace. India is now the dominant factor affecting world raw sugar supply and prices, while Brazil maintains its focus on ethanol. Exports from Mexico continue to climb, but the EU is struggling. What will the market look like in the coming year? Our panel of experts will examine the global sugar market and outline the factors that could influence supplies and prices in 2020.

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    Ronald Lord Ronald Lord
    Director, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division
    Office of Trade Programs
    Foreign Agricultural Service
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    Managing Director
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    10:30 AM 10:30 - 10:50 AM 
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    National Sugar Marketing
    10:50 AM 10:50 AM - Noon 
    Session III: North American Sweetener Market Outlook
    U.S. sugar supplies tightened during the past year, while demand for corn sweeteners continued to decline, and these trends are likely to remain the same in the coming year. The sugar suspension agreements between the United States and Mexico continue to dictate sweetener trade, shifting more sugar from Mexico onto the world market. What will all these changes mean for U.S. beet and cane sugar supplies, especially under the federal sugar program? How are other actions, such as reformulation, added-sugar labeling and sugar-related taxes, affecting domestic sweetener consumption? Our panelists will provide valuable insight and share their expectations for the North American sweetener market in 2020.

    Moderator
    Ron Sterk Ron Sterk
    Senior Editor, Markets
    Sosland Publishing
     
    Panelists
    Vincent O’Rourke Vincent O’Rourke
    Trade and Market Analyst
    C. Czarnikow Sugar, Inc.
     
    Humberto Jasso Humberto Jasso
    Executive President
    Mexican Sugar Chamber
     
    Frank Jenkins Frank Jenkins
    President
    JSG Commodities
     

    4:00 PM

    4:00 - 5:30 PM 
    Sugar Industry Sustainability Meeting (invitation only)
    6:00 PM 6:00 - 7:00 PM 
    Networking Reception

    Sponsored By:
    International Food Products Corporation
    Tuesday, February 25
    8:00 AM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Registration
    8:30 AM 8:30 - 9:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast
    9:00 AM 9:00 - 10:15 AM
    Session IV: Trade in an Election Year
    To say that international trade has become increasingly challenging is a vast understatement, especially for countries seeking to energize their economies through traditional measures that previously provided market advantages. Trade disputes and tariff wars are the new norm, but the Trump administration likely will need tangible results for American farmers and many other sectors as campaigns ramp up for the U.S. elections next November. Our panel of trade policy experts will explore the current trade environment and offer well-honed insight into what we can expect during the coming months.

    Moderator
    Rick Pasco Rick Pasco
    President
    Sweetener Users Association
     
    Panelists
    Michael Anderson Michael Anderson
    Vice President, Trade & Industry Affairs
    Corn Refiners Association
     
    Sharon Bomer Lauritsen Sharon Bomer Lauritsen (invited)
    Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy
    Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
     
    Bill Reinsch Bill Reinsch
    Senior Advisor and Scholl Chair in International Business
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
     
    Brian Grunenfelder Brian Grunenfelder
    Trade Advisor
    American Sugar Alliance
     
    10:15 AM 10:15 - 10:45 AM
    Networking Break

    Sponsored By:
    DTN
    10:45 AM 10:45 - 11:45 AM
    Session V: Companies, Consumers and Food: The Marketplace in the Next Decade
    Several influential health and nutrition groups have drawn a bulls-eye on sweeteners, especially sugar, but are their efforts affecting product formulation and consumer demand? We hear consumers say they’re cutting back on sugar, but do their actions match their words? The NPD Group’s top analyst on food consumption trends will share the firm’s latest research findings and answer these important questions for our industry.

    Speaker
    A.B. Stoddard Darren Seifer
    Executive Director, Industry Analyst-Food Consumption
    The NPD Group
     
    Noon Noon - 1:15 PM
    Session VI: Luncheon – Current Political Outlook

    Award-winning commentator and columnist A.B. Stoddard began a recent post, saying, “Today, President Trump doesn’t have enough voters to win a second term.” Her next column opened with this headline: “Democrats Making a Big Mistake by Rushing Impeachment.” Clearly Stoddard doesn’t take sides or pull punches when offering her non-partisan perspective of the political landscape and the upcoming U.S. elections. Stoddard has covered people and politics in Washington, D.C., since 1994. She appears regularly on the "Special Report With Bret Baier," as well as other shows on FOX and CNN. In this session, she’ll tackle the headlines and hype with unbiased analysis, wit and wisdom.

    Speaker
    A.B. Stoddard A.B. Stoddard
    Associate Editor and Columnist
    RealClearPolitics
     

    Sponsored By:
    Cargill
    1:30 PM 1:30 - 2:30 PM
    Session VII: Life After Subsidies

    The European Union reformed its sugar policy and ended quotas in 2017, and some industry observers say the result has been competitive chaos and economic ruin. Australia also ended sugar subsidies years ago, but its sugar producers claim to have gotten along just fine without them. Our panelists will share their perspectives on how the rollback of subsidies affected these two major sugar-producing countries so differently. They’ll also consider the implications for other sugar-producing countries with extensive supports and quotas – like the United States.


    Moderator
    Randy Green Randy Green
    Principal
    Watson Green LLC
     
    Panelists
    Mike McConnell Mike McConnell
    Agricultural Economist
    Economic Research Service
    U.S. Department of Agriculture 
     
    David Pietsch David Pietsch
    Chief Executive Officer
    Australian Sugar Milling Council
     
    2:30 PM 2:30 - 2:50 PM
    Networking Break
    2:50 PM
     
    2:50 - 4:00 PM
    Session VIII: Ingredients Outlook

    Trade wars and severe weather set the stage for the volatility in ingredient markets this year. Those factors and the sharp political rhetoric during the U.S. presidential election campaign likely will be primary influencers in 2020, in addition to regular fluctuations of supply and demand. Our panel of analysts will examine the existing and emerging factors that are affecting ingredient prices and your bottom line, including abundant domestic and world supplies of wheat, corn and soybean; a large cocoa bean crop with a new pricing mechanism in West Africa; and increasing global influences on dairy.


    Moderator
    Ron Sterk Ron Sterk
    Senior Editor, Markets
    Sosland Publishing
     
    Speakers
    Lucas Fuess Lucas Fuess
    Director of Dairy Market Intelligence
    HighGround Dairy
     
    Stephen Nicholson Stephen Nicholson
    Senior Analyst
    Rabo Agrifinance
     
    Hugo van der Goes Hugo van der Goes
    Vice-President of Cocoa, North America
    Barry Callebaut
     
    Wednesday, February 26
    7:30 AM 7:30 - 8:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast
    8:00 AM 8:00 - 9:00 AM
    Session IX: 2020 Economic Forecast and Financial Market Update

    The expansion of the U.S. economy is weakening, and growth in other major economies remains sluggish or flat, with some even hitting negative numbers. The growth in U.S. manufacturing also has paused, following the spurt of activity fueled in part by tax cuts. Yet Americans are still spending, the job market is tight, and the Fed has cut interest rates. What is the U.S. economic outlook as we head into an election year with unresolved trade issues and market uncertainty? Join us for an update from the chief economist for The Commerce Trust Company to learn what we can expect in the year ahead.

    Speaker
    Scott Colbert Scott Colbert
    Executive Vice President, Chief Economist and Director of Fixed Income
    The Commerce Trust Company
     
    9:00 AM 9:00 - 10:15 AM
    Session X: The Status and Impact of the U.S. Sugar Policy

    U.S. sugar policy has stabilized now that the U.S.-Mexico sugar suspension agreements are operating effectively and without change. The parameters of the U.S. sugar program seem to be set, barring any challenges to the 2018 Farm Bill or the structure of the suspension agreements. What impact will the policy have on major customers in the sweetener users industry? This final session is always a crowd favorite because the panel provides a wide range of opinions and insight that spark lively conversations and debate. You won’t want to miss it.


    Moderator
    Bill O’Conner Bill O’Conner
    Agriculture Policy Expert
    Watkinson Miller PLLC
     
    Speakers
    Barb Fecso Barb Fecso
    Branch Chief of the Commodity Analysis Branch, Economic and Policy Analysis Division
    Farm Production and Conservation Business Center
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
     
    Craig Ruffolo Craig Ruffolo
    Vice President – Commodity Specialist
    McKeany-Flavell Company
     
    Dan Shorts Dan Shorts
    Director of Government Affairs
    National Confectioners Association
     
    10:15 AM 10:15 AM
    Adjournment


    The fastest and easiest way to register is online. If a paper form is required to submit a check payment, please download the registration form.

      Early
    Ends Nov 15th
    Regular
    After Nov 15th
    Regular (1st- 3rd Registration) $1,175 $1,275
    Regular Group Registration of 4 People
    $1,150 $1,250
    Regular Group Registration of 5 People or More  $1,125 $1,225
    Government / News Media / University $450 $450
    Golf Tournament 
    $250 $250
    Companion / Spouse $175 $175

    FAQs

    Q: Registration substitutions
    Registration is non-transferable from one company to another; however, substitutions within companies are welcome at any time. Please email registrar@idfa.org if you would like to make a registration substitution.

    Q: Registration Cancellation Policy
    Registration cancellations received in writing will be accepted prior to January 24, 2020 for a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after January 2, 2020, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Your Colloquium registration fee is non-refundable after February 7, 2020. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Golf Tournament Cancellation Policy
    All golf tournament cancellations will receive a full refund before January 24, 2020. No tournament refunds will be issued after January 24, 2020. All cancellations must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Attire
    Attire is business casual although we encourage attendees to dress comfortable for evening receptions which may be held outdoors. The average temperatures in Palm Springs, California in February are 75°F high and 50°F low.

    Q: Affiliate Events
    Affiliate events are defined as non-Colloquium sponsored events that take place before, during or after the International Sweetener Colloquium. These include, but are not limited to, business meetings, receptions, dinners, group activities, and other social functions. If you are interested in reserving space at the conference hotel for an affiliate meeting or event, please contact mlembke@idfa.org. Space is limited and requests will be considered on a first-come, first served basis.

    Questions: If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact IDFA at 202-737-4332 or registrar@idfa.org.


    The International Sweetener Colloquium will be held at the La Quinta Waldorf Astoria Resort in the greater Palm Springs area. You may make your hotel reservations online or directly with the hotel by calling (800) 598-3828. When calling, refer to the International Sweetener Colloquium to receive the special room rate of $289 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is January 31, 2020. We have reserved a large block of rooms, but once all the rooms have been booked, we cannot guarantee that additional space will be available.

    Hotel Reservation Policy: You must register for the International Sweetener Colloquium to be eligible for the conference discounted room rates. Only one reservation is permitted per registrant. If a hotel guest is not registered for the International Sweetener Colloquium, IDFA reserves the right to cancel the guest room reservation without notice.

    La Quinta Resort & Club  |  49-499 Eisenhower Drive  |  La Quinta, California  |  760-564-4111  |  laquintaresort.com

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    Golf Tournament
    Sunday, February 23  |  12:00 PM Shotgun Start

    Registration Fee: $250 per person
    Registration includes: greens fees, boxed lunch, cart fees, practice balls, beverages, and service fees. Appropriate golf attire and shoes are required.

    We will do our best to accommodate any foursome requests. If you would like to request a person(s) in your foursome, please list their name and company during registration.

    Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort & Club
    The Mountain Course, nestled at the base of the picturesque Santa Rosa Mountains, is famed for its Pete Dye design, playability and stunning visuals. The course features pot bunkers, rock formations, elevations of tee boxes and well-bunkered greens. The Mountain course, one of the top courses in the valley, has been the home to the World Cup, the PGA National Club Pro Championships and the California State Open.

    Tournament Sponsors
    Domino Foods
    JSG Commodities
    Golf1
    Golf3
    Golf2

    Sponsorship is one of the best ways to brand your organization as a thought-leader and to highlight your commitment to advancing the sweetener industry.

    CONNECT WITH YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE
    Reach hundreds of executives and decision-makers from the sweetener industry and from companies that use sweeteners in the products they make.

    GROW YOUR BRAND AWARENESS
    Extend your message, reinforce your brand and enhance your company's reputation to a focused audience embedded with industry leaders.

    MARKET YOUR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
    Showcase your products and services to professionals looking for ways to increase profitability, enhance efficiency, and collaborate on finding solutions.

    NETWORK WITH CLIENTS
    Maintain business relationships with prospective and existing clients with hours of dedicated networking opportunities.

     

     Interested?  CONTACT: Melissa Lembke  |  202-220-3512  |  mlembke@idfa.org



    Sponsors
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    Sponsorship Opportunities (DOWNLOAD THE SPONSORSHIP PROSPECTUS)

    OPENING RECEPTION – $30,000

    First impressions are important, so why not be the first to welcome every attendee to the Colloquium? Help set the tone for an exciting and productive conference by sponsoring the Opening Reception. This reception is always a prime opportunity for networking because attendees reconnect with old colleagues and meet new customers.

    OPENING RECEPTION BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two-minute introduction of a general session
    2. Two complimentary conference registrations
    3. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    4. Company name placed on event signage
    5. Live recognition at the conference
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    AFTER-HOURS PARTY – $15,000

    Give your industry colleagues a place to continue conversations and networking by sponsoring the After-Hours Party on the opening night of the conference. This special event is a perfect place for your company to reach everyone while they’re still fresh and anxious to mingle.

    AFTER-HOURS PARTY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage
    3. Live recognition at the conference
    4. Option to provide branded items to be used during the sponsored event
    GOLF TOURNAMENT – $10,500

    Ever stop to wonder how many deals are done on a golf course? Probably more than anyone can count. That may be one reason the Colloquium golf tournament is always so popular. This sponsorship is a guaranteed winner!

    GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One complimentary registration for golf tournament
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the tournament
    5. Option to provide a giveaway item at the tournament
    KEYNOTE BREAKFAST – $10,000

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the keynote address is one of the best-attended sessions. Always the first general session, when everyone is still fresh and paying close attention, the Monday morning breakfast will feature a well-known and well-respected keynote speaker.

    KEYNOTE BREAKFAST BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two-minute welcome and introduction of keynote session
    2. One complimentary conference registration
    3. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    4. Company name placed on event signage
    5. Live recognition at the conference
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to breakfast attendees
    TUESDAY LUNCHEON – $10,000

    Gain maximum exposure by sponsoring the Tuesday Luncheon at the Colloquium. One of the conference best attended sessions, the Tuesday luncheon is a great opportunity to gain added visibility among sweetener executives enjoying conversations with industry colleagues.

    TUESDAY LUNCHEON BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two-minute welcome and introduction of luncheon session
    2. One complimentary conference registration
    3. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    4. Company name placed on event signage
    5. Live recognition at the conference
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to luncheon attendees
    HOTEL KEY CARDS – $8,500

    Colloquium attendees who stay at the conference hotel will see your company’s logo printed prominently on their hotel room key cards. Your company name will be the first thing they see as they head out in the morning and the last thing they see as they turn in for the night.

    HOTEL KEY CARDS BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo on the hotel key card given to each guest upon check-in
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    MOBILE APP – $6,500

    The Colloquium mobile app offers a great opportunity to highlight your brand before, during and after the conference. Attendees will access the app often to look up conference schedules, floor plans, bios, photos and social media updates. Your company logo and link will be right there whenever they check in.

    MOBILE APP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor banner ad on every page of the mobile app
    2. Sponsor page including link to sponsor website
    3. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    4. Company name placed on event signage
    5. Live recognition at the conference
    REGISTRATION LANYARDS – $6,500

    Every attendee at the Colloquium will receive a name badge that is required for entrance to all sessions and conference events. Those name badges hang from lanyards that can be emblazoned with your company logo. Imagine the visual impact of your industry colleagues sporting your company name
    throughout the entire conference.

    REGISTRATION LANYARDS BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Logo on registration lanyards
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    REGISTRATION LOUNGE – $6,500

    The Registration Lounge is in a strategic location that guarantees your company name will be one of the first things every attendee sees as they arrive. The prominent placement of the lounge also ensures that attendees will spend time there throughout the conference, having impromptu business meetings and gathering for networking. If you’re looking for visibility, the Registration Lounge is a good choice for your
    sponsorship dollars.

    REGISTRATION LOUNGE BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. A lounge in the registration area with company branding
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    NETWORKING RECEPTION – $5,000

    After a full day of informative sessions and meetings, everyone will be looking for a place to relax, unwind and make some new contacts. The networking reception is ideal for a sponsor who wants to make an impression by hosting a great evening of tasty food, cool drinks and warm camaraderie.

    NETWORKING RECEPTION BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage
    3. Live recognition at the conference
    4. Option to provide branded items to be used during the sponsored event
    ON-SITE PRINTED PROGRAM – $5,000

    Every attendee will receive a copy of the onsite printed program when he or she picks up registration materials at the Colloquium. This program is a primary reference tool for everyone at the conference. Prominent placement of your company name and logo virtually guarantees that every attendee will think of your company many times throughout the course of the event.

    ON-SITE PRINTED PROGRAM BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo on front page of program
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    WIFI – $5,000

    WiFi is every conference attendee’s connection to the outside world, and attendees will be connecting often to check social media updates and messages from the office. When you sponsor WiFi service during the Colloquium, your company logo and a link to your company website will appear every time they log in. That’s how real connections are made.

    WIFI BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo and link on landing page
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    COFFEE BREAK – $3,500 each

    Coffee breaks are a glittering oasis during a long day of meetings. Nothing makes conference attendees happier than knowing a cup of coffee or a relaxing conversation is waiting for them just outside the meeting room door.

    COFFEE BREAK BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage
    3. Live recognition at the conference
    CONFERENCE GIVEAWAY – $3,500

    Get your logo and company message in the hands of conference attendees by providing a promotional item (notepad, pen, water bottle, hand sanitizer, lip balm, etc.) to be distributed to all conference attendees.

    CONFERENCE GIVEAWAY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage
    3. Live recognition at the conference
    4. Giveaway provided by sponsor distributed to conference attendees. If needed, IDFA can assist with arranging for the promotional giveaway items at the sponsor’s expense.
    GOLF BEVERAGE CART – $3,500 each

    Golfers get thirsty out there on the links. You can help their scores and extend their stamina by sponsoring a beverage cart at the Colloquium golf tournament. Provide a cool beverage along the way, and every golfer on the course will be your friend.

    GOLF BEVERAGE CART BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage and beverage cart
    3. Live recognition at the tournament
    4. Option to provide a giveaway item at the tournament
    GOLF TOURNAMENT CONTESTS – $2,500 each

    Golf contests are a fun way to make the game more exciting and raise the level of competition among players. To sweeten the pot and raise the stakes at this tournament, there are three golf contests available for sponsorship:

    • Hole-In-One Contest: $2,500
    • Longest Drive Contest: $2,500
    • Closet-to-the-Pin Contest: $2,500

    GOLF TOURNAMENT CONTEST BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Hole-In-One: Winner receives a $10,000 cash prize
    2. Longest Drive: Winner receives a $100 resort gift card
    3. Closest-to-the-Pin: Winner receives a $100 resort gift card
    4. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    5. Company name placed on event signage
    6. Live recognition at the conference
    7. Option to provide a giveaway item at the tournament
    EXHIBIT AREA DISPLAY TABLE – $2,500 (MEMBER); $5,000 (NON-MEMBER)

    The exhibit area is one of the event’s sweet spots for displaying your company’s products or services. You won’t be starved for attention in this exhibit area because it’s also the location for the coffee breaks and continental breakfasts. That means you’ll be within easy reach of the most powerful decision makers in the sweetener industry, and everyone will be hungry for information about your company.

    EXHIBIT AREA DISPLAY TABLE BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Six-foot table for display
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    MEETING ROOMS ON DEMAND – $1,000 (FULL CONFERENCE); $500 (ONE DAY)

    Planning to hold a meeting during the Colloquium or need a private space to conduct business? Expand your capacity for dedicated face-to-face discussions by reserving a private meeting room for your company to use at the conference hotel. Space is limited! Day and room size are subject to availability.

    MEETING ROOMS ON DEMAND BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Use of a private meeting room in the conference hotel
    2. Companies are responsible for organizing set up and food and beverage
      requests directly with the hotel
    Speakers will be announced below as they are confirmed. Speakers
    Michael Anderson
    Michael Anderson
    Vice President, Trade & Industry Affairs, Corn Refiners Association

    Michael Anderson is Vice President, Trade & Industry Relations for the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), the trade association...    MORE
    Sharon Bomer Lauritsen
    Sharon Bomer Lauritsen
    Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

    Ms. Bomer has overall responsibility for negotiations...    MORE
    Scott Colbert
    Scott Colbert
    Executive Vice President, Chief Economist and Director of Fixed Income, The Commerce Trust Company

    Scott M. Colbert, CFA is a Vice President and Director ...    MORE
    Barb Fecso
    Barb Fecso
    Branch Chief of the Commodity Analysis Branch, Economic and Policy Analysis Division, Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Barbara Fecso is the Branch...    MORE
    Lucas Fuess
    Lucas Fuess
    Director of Dairy Market Intelligence, HighGround Dairy

    Lucas Fuess has spent a lifetime in dairy, growing up on his family’s 200-cow farm in Upstate New York. Lucas graduated with...    MORE
    Randy Green
    Randy Green
    Principal, Watson Green LLC

    Randy Green, a principal at Watson Green LLC, has seen food and agriculture policy from all...    MORE
    Brian Grunenfelder
    Brian Grunenfelder
    Trade Advisor, American Sugar Alliance

    Brian Grunenfelder has served as Trade Advisor to the American Sugar Alliance, the national coalition of growers, processors...    MORE
    Humberto Jasso
    Humberto Jasso
    Executive President, Mexican Sugar Chamber

    Humberto Jasso is Executive President of the Mexican Sugar Chamber, which represents the sugar...    MORE
    Frank Jenkins
    Frank Jenkins
    President, JSG Commodities

    Frank Jenkins, president of Jenkins Sugar Group, has over 20 years of experience as a broker...    MORE
    James Liddiard
    James Liddiard
    Senior Vice President, Agrilion Commodity Advisers

    James Liddiard is a senior vice president at Agrilion Commodity Advisers LLC, a private and independent New York...    MORE
    Ronald Lord
    Ronald Lord
    Director, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Since 2002, Ron Lord has served as the Director of the...    MORE
    Mike McConnell
    Mike McConnell
    Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Michael McConnell is an Agricultural Economist in the Markets and Trade Economics Division at...    MORE
    Ted McKinney
    Ted McKinney
    Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, United States Department of Agriculture

    Ted McKinney serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary...    MORE
    Tom McNeill
    Tom McNeill
    Managing Director, Green Pool Commodity Specialists

    Tom McNeill is the Managing Director of Green Pool Commodity Specialists, based in Brisbane...    MORE
    Stephen Nicholson
    Stephen Nicholson
    Senior Analyst, Rabo Agrifinance

    Stephen Nicholson is a grains and oilseeds analyst at Rabo AgriFinance in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group...    MORE
    Bill O’Conner
    Bill O’Conner
    Agriculture Policy Expert, Watkinson Miller PLLC

    Bill O'Conner joined the firm of Watkinson Miller PLLC in 2010, bringing with him...    MORE
    Vincent O’Rourke
    Vincent O’Rourke
    Trade and Market Analyst, C. Czarnikow Sugar, Inc.

    Vincent O’Rourke is a trader and market analyst within the raw sugar trading team at Czarnikow. His role includes global book...    MORE
    Rick Pasco
    Rick Pasco
    President, Sweetener Users Association

    Rick Pasco is a partner at Watkinson Miller PLLC where he is legal counsel and lobbyist for a number of agribusiness clients...    MORE
    David Pietsch
    David Pietsch
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Sugar Milling Council

    David Pietsch is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sugar Milling Council. Raised on a family...    MORE
    Bill Reinsch
    Bill Reinsch
    Senior Advisor and Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Bill Reinsch is the Scholl Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies...    MORE
    Craig Ruffolo
    Craig Ruffolo
    Vice President – Commodity Specialist, McKeany-Flavell Company

    After graduating with a B.A. in economics from Knox College in 1992, Craig began his...    MORE
    Darren Seifer
    Darren Seifer
    Executive Director, Industry Analyst-Food Consumption, The NPD Group

    As the food & beverage industry analyst for The NPD Group, a leading market research company, Darren provides insights ...    MORE
    Dan Shorts
    Dan Shorts
    Director of Government Affairs, National Confectioners Association

    Dan Shorts manages federal government affairs for the trade organization that represents the $54 billion...    MORE
    Ron Sterk
    Ron Sterk
    Senior Editor, Markets, Sosland Publishing

    Ron Sterk is senior editor, markets, for Food Business News and Milling & Baking News, and is editor...    MORE
    A.B. Stoddard
    A.B. Stoddard
    Associate Editor and Columnist, RealClearPolitics

    A.B. Stoddard is an associate editor and columnist with political news site and polling data aggregator RealClearPolitics...    MORE
    Hugo van der Goes
    Hugo van der Goes
    Vice President Cocoa, North America, Barry Callebaut

    Mr. van der Goes is the vice-president of cocoa, North America, for Barry Callebaut. In this role, he is...    MORE
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