CONVEY '22 July 26-27 Omaha, NE

Presented by National Grain and Feed Assn. Grain Elevator and Processing Society, and Grain Journal​

CONVEY’22 is a unique opportunity for grain handling employees and leaders to gain practical knowledge and training on real-world compliance issues, best practices and emerging industry trends and will feature expert speakers covering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) rules and regulations. 


In addition to sessions on OSHA and FDA inspections, operations best practices and grain quality management, the conference offers training focused on behavioral safety and incident management as well as safe driver training and development.


This is an incredibly cost-effective, well-rounded training opportunity for young employees and front-line workers. However, any employee involved in operations, compliance or safety would benefit from the comprehensive program and networking sessions.

Omaha Hilton exterior


Tuesday, July 26

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast in Trade Show Area

8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

8:05 a.m.

Human Organizational Performance – Behavior Safety

This session will focus on how and why employees make mistakes or errors and how they were dealt with either from an organizational or individual perspective.

Rob Boyd, Regional Human Performance Lead – North America Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety, Cargill Inc. • bio

Rob Boyd, Cargill
9:15 a.m.
Break in Trade Show Area

9:45 a.m.

Fumigation Practices and Safety Techniques

Fumigations take place at grain facilities on a regular basis. The presentation will include an overview of the fumigation process with emphasis on the safe application of fumigants, monitoring for efficacy, bystander safety, and the receiving of materials fumigated in transit.

Speaker: Blake Buckner, Business Development Manager, Degesch America, Weyers Cave, VA • bio

10:45 a.m.

Grain Grading Operations Best Practices

The effectiveness of the U.S. grain inspection system depends largely on the ability to sample, inspect, grade, and certify the various grains for which standards have been established under the United States Grain Standards Act, as amended. This session is designed to discuss best practices in working with producers, grain handlers, officially designated agencies and the Federal Grain Inspection Service during the sampling, inspection and grading process.

Panel Discussion:

Kia Adams-Mikesh, Vice President, NDGI • bio

Don Wray, Director of Operations, The Andersons, Maumee, OH

Kia Adams Mikesh

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show Area
1:30 p.m.

Managing a Safety and Health Incident 

This session will address effective techniques to identify, prevent, respond to, record, and analyze exposure to health and safety risks in the workplace.

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Jankosky, M.D., Senior Vice President, Medical Operations, Workcare, Inc. • bio

2:30 p.m.

How to Perform a Safety and Health Incident Investigation and Analyze Hazards

This session will provide recommendations on how to use the safety and health incident investigation to determine the root cause and establish corrective actions. This includes identifying appropriate safety measures to be used to mitigate the identified hazards.

Speaker: Doug Fletcher, OSHA Training, Safety Consulting, Fletcher Safety Consulting, Omaha, NE 


3:30 p.m.
Break in Trade Show Area
4:00 p.m.

Airflow: Lessons Learned in Practical Applications of Air Facilities

 A comprehensive discussion about air movement throughout a facility, including static pressure, fresh air, circulations, and air filtration.

Speaker: Jeremy Dose, PMP, Senior Project Manager, ADM, Metamora, IL  • bio

Jeremy Dose ADM

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Reception in Trade Show Area

Wednesday, July 27

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast in Trade Show Area

8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

8:05 a.m.

FDA Inspection Plans for 2022

This session will focus on FDA’s priority areas of focused domestic inspections and intended guidance for FSMA, including certain enforcement provisions for Preventive Controls.

Speaker: David Fairfield, Senior Vice President, Feed, NGFA, Waukee, IA • bio

Dave Fairfield - NGFA

9:00 a.m.

Hiring, Training, and Retaining Employees – Entry Level Driver Training, Drug Testing, Safety

The panel discussion will focus on employee training and development efforts as a tool in employee retention efforts; and will address critical issues that are an important part of many grain handling facilities’ business strategies moving forward.              Panel Discussion: 

Shawn Lambert, Safety & Risk Manager, Co-Alliance Cooperative Inc., Avon, IN  • bio  

Ryan Janssen, EHS Director, Key Cooperative, Roland, IA • bio

Jeffrey Willis, Senior Safety & Security Manager, Perdue AgriBusiness LLC, Salisbury, MD  • bio

10:00 a.m.

Break in Trade Show Area

10:30 a.m.

A Real Hot Topic:  Preparing For and Surviving Inspections Under OSHA’s New Heat Illness National Emphasis Program

OSHA recently announced the launch of a new enforcement imitative as part of its National Emphasis Program (“NEP”) for Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards.  To meet the inspection goals set by the Heat Illness NEP, OSHA’s Area Offices will be conducting surprise programmed inspections of agriculture/grain handling employers as well as traditional inspections of fatalities, hospitalizations, and certain complaints.  This session will focus on what employers can expect during Heat Illness NEP inspections and how to prepare for them to hopefully achieve a better outcome.

Speaker: Aaron Gelb, Conn Maciel Carey LLP, Chicago, IL  • bio

Aaron GELB: Conn Maciel Carey LLP
11:45 a.m.


12:00 p.m.
SHEQ Committee Meeting
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