TFI Annual Meeting

FEBRUARY 12 - 14, 2018 | San Diego, California

Please join us February 12-14, 2018, in San Diego, California, for The Fertilizer Institute’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Members from all facets of the fertilizer industry will convene to network and conduct industry business. Additionally, TFI provides delegates the opportunity to hear from speakers who provide insight on leadership, innovation, the economy and other hot button topics. The Nutrients for Life Foundation will once again host its annual golf tournament. Make sure to secure your spot now. We look forward to seeing you in California!

Register Online            Register via email/fax

 

Requests for suites and meeting space should be addressed to The Fertilizer Institute through our online forms. Available suites and meeting space will only be assigned to registered and paid conference attendees. Due to the limited availability of suites, TFI is assessing a $2,600 booking fee for suites and a $1,600 booking fee for meeting space. These fees are in addition to the cost of the suite or meeting space. The fee is waived for TFI members.

Reserve Suites            Reserve Meeting Rooms

Table top exhibit space is complimentary for TFI members interested in exhibiting a table top display. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A confirmation will be sent to exhibitors along with additional details in January.

Reserve Exhibit Space

Conference Highlights
TFI Welcome Reception
Monday, February 12 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for the 2018 TFI Annual Meeting Welcome Reception, sponsored by NAQ Global!

Register Online (credit card only)

Register via mail/fax (payment must be received by January 9 to secure the early bird rate)

 

Conference Fees

MEMBERS

Before January 9                     After January 9

$975 per attendee                    $1,000 per attendee

 

NON-MEMBERS

Before January 2                     After January 2

$1,500 per attendee                $1,600 per attendee

 

Waived Fee

Registration fees are waived for spouses.

 

The registration fee includes:

  • Attendance at all conference sessions
  • Full breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday with keynote speakers
  • Monday and Tuesday evening receptions
  • Coffee breaks
  • Hospitality Center (all welcome to use for networking)
  • Conference app for easy access to delegate list and other key information
  • Attendance list

 

Payment Options

Credit Cards, Checks, Wire Transfers, and E-Checks

TFI is not responsible for foreign check or wire transaction fees not included in actual transfer. Attendees will be required to pay the fee if the check is not drawn on a U.S. bank or if a wire transaction fee is not included in actual transfer. All credit card transactions are processed in U.S. dollars and subject to the current exchange rate.  

 

Please instruct your bank as follows:  

The name(s) of the attendees must appear on the check/wire transfer and all costs are to be charged to the issuer of the check/wire transfer.  

Checks: Make checks payable to The Fertilizer Institute, drawn on a U.S. bank.

Wire Transfer: Please contact TFI at wiretransfer@tfi.org for wire transfer information.

E-Checks: Please have your accounting department notify TFI if you are using an e-check as payment for the registration fee.

Credit Cards: We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Please provide your credit card number, expiration date, your signature and the credit card billing address. 

 

Cancellations

You may substitute another person in your place at any time by calling or e- mailing the conference department. If you must cancel, and have no one to replace you, your refund request must be received in writing and postmarked no later than January 16 in order to receive a full refund, less a 25 percent administrative fee. After January 16, all registrations will be non-refundable. No refunds will be granted after this date and no refunds for no-shows. Telephone cancellations are not accepted. Refunds take six weeks to process after the conference.

 

Registration List

Registrations are not official until payment is received. A list of all registered delegates will be provided to attendees on the conference website. Please note that your name, address and company will appear exactly as you have indicated on your registration form. A final list of registered delegates will be available at the conference registration desk and on the conference app. No additional list of attendees will be published during or after the conference.

 

Antitrust Policy

TFI’s antitrust policy is included in your conference registration packet to assist members with compliance. Please review the document and feel free to contact the association office for any questions.

Sunday,
February 11

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
TFI Pre-Registration

Monday,
February 12

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
TFI Hospitality Center (all welcome to network)
6:20 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Nutrients for Life Foundation Fundraising Golf Tournament & Awards Reception
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fertilizer Canada Planning and Budget Committee Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
TFI Registration and Exhibits
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FERT PAC Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
TFI Welcome Reception

Tuesday,
February 13

6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
TFI Hospitality Center (all welcome to network)
6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
TFI Registration and Exhibits
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
TFI Breakfast Session and General Business Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Nutrients for Life Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
TFI Board of Directors Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
TFI Board of Directors Meeting (immediately after lunch)
3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
State of the Industry Report Metric Review (by invitation only)
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
TFI/Fertilizer Canada Transportation Council Meeting
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
TFI Exhibitors Reception (all delegates welcome)

Wednesday,
February 14

6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
TFI Registration and Exhibits
6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
TFI Hospitality Center (all welcome to network)
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
TFI Breakfast Session: Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
State of the Industry Report: Communicating for Advocacy

Hotel Information

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
One Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-1234

Online Reservations

Discover the vibrant culture and natural beauty of Southern California at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The hotel, near downtown San Diego, offers a spectacular waterfront resort-like setting, complete with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. By day you will enjoy easy access to popular attractions, like the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and exciting nightlife activities in Gaslamp District as the sun sets.

The hotel is located 10 minutes from the San Diego International Airport.

 

ROOM RATES: Sing/Double : $289  |  Grand Club: $354

Make your room reservations by January 21, 2018, to receive the group rate.

Check in time: 4:00 p.m. / Check out time: 11:00 a.m.

All activities will take place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The Nutrients for Life Golf Tournament will be held at the Steele Canyon Golf Club. To reserve your room at the Hyatt, call the hotel directly or make reservations online. Mention your participation with The Fertilizer Institute and register by January 21 to receive special room rates. Room rates do not include tax. To avoid a billing of one night’s room and tax, you need to cancel your room reservation 48 hours prior to your arrival date.

Reservation Cut-off Date: January 21, 2018

Room cancellations must be made no less than 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a full night’s room charge for lodging.

Ten or More Rooms

Requests for blocks of 10 or more rooms should be made to Ashley Jensen, Group Reservations Coordinator, (619) 358-6704.

 

Hospitality Suites, Meeting Room Rentals and Booking Fee

Requests for suites and meeting space should be addressed to The Fertilizer Institute through our online forms, not to the hotel. Available suites and meeting space will only be assigned to registered and paid conference attendees. Due to the limited availability of suites, TFI is assessing a $2,600 booking fee for suites and a $1,600 booking fee for meeting space. These fees are in addition to the cost of the suite or meeting space. The fee is waived for TFI members.

Reserve Suites                  Reserve Meeting Rooms

 

Dining Guide

Please see the dining guide for a list of restaurants near the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Dining Guide

 

Airport and Ground Transportation

San Diego International Airport is 2.7 miles (10) minutes from the hotel.

Airport Transfer Options & Average Costs:

• Super Shuttle - $10 one way (619) 564-7900

• Taxi - $12-$15 one way

• Hertz Rental Car Agency located on-site.

Parking Options

Valet Parking: $49/night​
Self-Parking: $35/night

 

Passport and Visa Information

A valid passport, and in many cases a visa, is required for entry into the United States. Attendees are invited to contact the nearest American Consulate in their country for visa requirements applicable to them and start their application as early as possible. The State Department suggests applying for visas as early as possible.

You may need to request letters from TFI inviting you to attend and/or confirming your attendance in order to receive a visa. If the American Consulate in your country requires originals to be sent to you, please provide a credit card number in order to charge the courier fees. 

Once your registration fee has been paid, TFI will provide you with a letter of invitation to our 2018 Annual Meeting and a letter in support of your visa application. Our letters do not guarantee a visa will be issued nor do they act as an endorsement of you. In order to provide your letter of visa support, we will require the following information:

  • Full name as it appears on your passport
  • Passport number and date of expiration
  • Date of birth
  • Complete organization name
  • Job title and address
  • Complete address of American Embassy where applying for visa

These two letters will be e-mailed or faxed to you. 

Speakers


Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from the world’s biggest environmental and social challenges. He is most recently the author of the book The Big Pivot and the Harvard Business Review Magazine cover story, “Resilience in a Hotter World.” His first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling over 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own. Andrew’s new book, The Big Pivot, explores how companies can thrive in a hotter, scarcer, more open world, and it provides a new roadmap, helping executives create a more prosperous business, economy, and world.



Sara Wyant

Sara Wyant is President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. A veteran farm policy reporter, Sara is well recognized on Capitol Hill, as well as with farm and commodity associations across the country. Most recently, Wyant was selected to interview President Trump via video prior to his January speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting.

Wyant was named to Folio’s: “Top Women in Media” list, and has received an Oscar in Agriculture award for excellence in agricultural reporting from the American Agricultural Editor's Association.

Wyant gained first-hand knowledge of crop and livestock production while growing up on an Iowa farm, and is still involved with her family's farming operation. 



Grant Strom

Grant Strom operates a 5,600-acre farm in Dahinda, Ill., where he grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and enough pasture for a 20-head Angus cow/calf operation. He has been a 4-H club leader for 13 years, is a member of the FFA Alumni Association, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association and Knox County Cattlemen’s Association. He also serves as president of the Knox County Farm Bureau and recently completed training in the Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation program. In 2017, Grant was named as a 4R Advocate along with his fertilizer retailer Adam DexterAg View FS in Walnut, Ill. 



Brent McGowan

Brent McGowan is vice president operations at Wilbur-Ellis, a leading international marketer and distributor of $3.1 billion annually in agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. Prior to assuming his current position, McGowan served Wilbur-Ellis as vice president, supply chain, and vice president for the northeast region.

McGowan serves on the Executive Committee of TFI’s Board of Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Platinum

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

This year’s tournament will be held at the Steele Canyon Golf Club on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Register

 

6:20 a.m.                 Charters depart from Hyatt Manchester Lobby for Steele Canyon Golf Club

7:00 a.m.                 Pre-Tournament Breakfast | Club House
                                 Driving Range & Putting Practice Available
                                 Bloody Mary Bar, sponsored by GATX

7:35 a.m.                 Raffle for 10K Putt

8:00 a.m.                 Shotgun Start

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.      Lunch and Awards reception (charters depart immediately following conclusion of awards reception)

 

Golf Course

Steele Canyon Golf Club is one of San Diego's finest golf clubs; our 27-hole championship golf course was personally designed by Gary Player, one of history’s greatest golfers, with a respect and appreciation for the natural beauty of the terrain.

Since opening for play, Steele Canyon has been celebrated as one of California’s most exciting golf courses. From the dramatic elevation changes of the Canyon nine to the subtle nuances of the Vineyard nine and the total seclusion of the Ranch nine, any combination will make for a wonderful day of golf. As a recipient of Golf Digest's prestigious "4-½ Star Award" and more recently a City Beat News Spectrum Award Winner, Steele Canyon Golf Club has been nationally recognized as one of Southern California's best publicly accessible golf courses.

 

Tournament Entry

Sign up your company for this year’s tournament by returning the golf registration form. Please list your company’s contact person. The entry fee of $6,000 per foursome includes golf hospitality reception, greens and cart fees, post event reception and awards luncheon with gifts and prizes. 

Space is limited, so please register early. Entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

 

Tournament Format

Players of all abilities are welcome to participate in team play (scramble). Awards will be given for low gross and team scores along with skill shots.  

 

Sponsorship Opportunities  

$6,000 per foursome

$5,000 for skill shot competition or hole sponsorship with recognition and signage and

$3,000 for general tournament sponsorship with recognition

 

Additional information will be mailed to each company’s contact person prior to the tournament. A portion of the sponsorship fees is tax deductible.