Business Session

25 Apr 2019
8:00 am - 11:45 am

Business Session

Feed Ingredients Standards for Food Processing By-Products by:
Matt Frederking, Mid America Pet Food

Matt will discuss the feed ingredient standards for food processing by-products which is critical in the marketplace and share the fundamentals of FSMA requirements for the many unique feed ingredients in our industry. He will also discuss the regulations that apply to feed ingredients originating from human food by-products when they are sent to pet and livestock food.

Matt is the Chair of the NGFA’s Feed Manufacturing and Technology Committee, serves on the NGFA’s Feed Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee and is a Committee Advisor to the Association of American Feed Control Officials.


Efficient Agricultural Movement – Transportation Issues and Solutions Facing The Grain & Feed Industry
Rail by: Brad Thrasher, UP

Brad will be presenting information on how precision railroading works and how it will “shape our future” in California. In addition, he will address many of the rails concerns and issues impacting the industry. Brad is responsible for grain, grain products, food and refrigerated products and fertilizer. Since joining UP in 1988, he has held a wide variety of positions within UP’s Marketing and Sales organization including roles within the Automotive, Chemical, Intermodal and Industrial Products business teams, as well as positions in Business Development, Training and Resource Planning. Brad serves on the TEGMA Board as well as the National Grain & Feed Association’s Arbitration Committee.


Trucking by: Colby Bell, Starlite Trucking

California’s agricultural industry is dependent on the trucking industry to move product. California’s trucking stakeholders are currently experiencing a transformative period that is altering how the industry is able to meet the demands of its customers. Technology advancements, regulatory requirements, driver shortages, and infrastructure needs are just some of the issues that are currently being taken on by the trucking industry. This presentation will address the trucking industries approach to dealing with owner operators, Dynamex, CARB regulations, and the incoming ELD mandate. Colby was the 2017-2018 Unit Chairperson for the California Trucking Association’s San Joaquin Unit, and he currently serves on the executive committee for CTA. Colby is also as an advisor to the CARB Small Business Advisory Counsel to the ARB ombudsman’s office. He is CEO of Starlite Trucking in Ceres, who has serviced the Ag Industry since 1979.


Agricultural Economic Outlook for 2019 and Beyond
by: Michael Swanson, Ph.D., Wells Fargo & Company

Michael Swanson is an agricultural economist and consultant for Wells Fargo, the largest commercial agricultural lender in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, his responsibilities include analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture and forecasting for key agricultural commodities, including wheat, soybeans, corn, and livestock sectors, such as cattle, dairy, and hogs. Additionally, he helps develop credit and risk strategies for Wells Fargo’s customers, and performs macroeconomic and international analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness. CGFA Annual Meeting & Activity Reports: Get a 2018-2019 update on your partnership with CGFA from President Stephen Silva, E.B. Wakeman Co., a legislative update by Dennis Albiani and a review of the activities of this past year from Chief Executive Officer Chris Zanobini.