Meeting Agenda


57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting
Hilton Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington - July 31 to Aug. 2, 2017

A more updated agenda will be provided in the weeks to come.

Board of Delegates Meeting
Sunday, July 30
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Optional Tour: Sturgeon Fishing Derby
Meet in hotel lobby at 6:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Registration Heritage Pre-Function
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Optional tour: Portland Weekend Market
Meet in hotel lobby at 11:15 a.m.


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Board of Directors Meeting Pine/Spruce
Monday, July 31
7:00 a.m. – NoonRegistration Heritage Pre-Function
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.By invitation only
Introducting the Council Session 
 Discovery E
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Checkoff Staff Breakfast Discovery C
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Spouse/Guest Welcome Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Continuous Coffee

Heritage Pre-Function
9:00 a.m. – Noon

General Session
-Keynote: Darci Vetter, former Chief Agricultural Negotiator
-Yadong Liu, President, China Energy Fund Committee Inc.
-Jason Ferrante, Assistant Director for the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Commodity Inspection Division

Heritage DCAB
12:15 p.m.Depart for Port Vancouver
Walking to port from hotel lobby starting at 12:15 p.m.
12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Agriculture Boat Tour
-Rob Rich, Vice President Marine Services, Shaver Transportation

 Sponsored by Cargill
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Discovery ABC and Pre-Function 
Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences
Tuesday, August 1
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.RegistrationHeritage Pre-Function 
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Sector Breakfasts 
 -CornDiscover ABC 
 -General Farm OrganizationBirch 
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Continuous CoffeeHeritage Pre-Function
Sponsored by POET
9:30 a.m. - Noon

General Session
-Chuck Conner, President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
-Mike Dwyer, USGC Chief Economist
-Panel: Steffen Mueller, Principal Economist, University of Illinois at Chicago; Stefan Unnasch, Managing Director, Life Cycle Associates; and Stephan Wittig,President, Associación Mexicana para la Movilidad Sustentable; Moderator: Ryan LeGrand, Director in Mexico, USGC


Heritage DCAB
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Spouse/Guest Session

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Optional Tour: Bethany Winery
Meet in hotel lobby at 10:45 a.m.

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

-Resolutions for Service

Discovery ABC
Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer
1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Advisory Team Meetings 
 -EthanolHeritage E 
 -Innovation and SustainabilityHemlock 
 -Middle East/AfricaDiscovery D 
 -Trade PolicyDiscovery E 
 -Western HemisphereHeritage F 
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Continuous CoffeeHeritage Pre-Function
Sponsored by POET
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Offsite Event: Warehouse 23
Walk to event from hotel lobby at 5:45 p.m.
Sponsored by Bayer CropSciences
Wednesday, August 2
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.RegistrationHeritage Pre-Function
7:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Continuous CoffeeHeritage Pre-Function
Sponsored by: Illinois Farm Bureau, Indiana Farm Bureau, Iowa   Farm Bureau, Nebraska Farm Bureau, South Dakota Farm Bureau, Texas Farm Bureau
8:00 a.m. – NoonBoard of Delegates MeetingHeritage DCAB
Sponsored by Syngenta
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.LunchDiscovery ABC
Sponsored by Monsanto
1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Board of Directors & A-Team Leaders MeetingHeritage E
2:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Optional Tour: Portland Spirit Scenic Boat Tour
Meet in hotel lobby at 2 p.m.