World Fertilizer Conference 2020

SEPTEMBER 14 - 16, 2020 | Washington, DC

The World Fertilizer Conference draws hundreds of TFI members, industry professionals, and representatives from around the world who represent all sectors of the fertilizer industry. From the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to deep dives into innovation, the economy, public policy, and more, the World Conference is fall's most important business and networking event for the global fertilizer industry.


We have a range of sponsor opportunities available, please get in touch with TFI to learn more.

Covid-19 Update (Updated 5/20/20)

As health and safety remain our foremost priority, we continue to monitor all CDC, as well as federal and local government guidance closely. In addition, we are in discussion with the Marriott Marquis Washington DC regarding their specific health and safety plans for sleeping/meeting rooms, food/beverage services, and the exhibit hall. Updated information will be posted as plans finalize.

Should the World Fertilizer Conference be canceled or postponed for any reason, full refunds will be issued.


Please note: You must be registered for The World Fertilizer Conference to secure a discounted guest room at the Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC. Once you register for the conference, a confirmation email will be sent with information on how to reserve rooms online or by telephone. 


Member Registration Fee:
$1,550 per attendee                                              

Member Workshop (Monday only):
$250 per attendee

Non-Member Registration Fee:                    
$2,100 per attendee

Guest Fee:
$75 per attendee
You must be a non-conference guest

Discounted Fee
Registration fees are complimentary for state associations. Please contact Valerie Sutton for more information.


The full registration fee includes:

  • Attendance at all conference keynote sessions
  • Breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday 
  • Attendance to Monday's Member Workshop (members only)
  • Network Lounge on Monday through Wednesday where coffee and snacks will be served
  • Welcome Reception
  • Closing Reception
  • Conference mobile app containing conference schedule, attendee list, suite list, and key conference information



Monday Member Workshop and Lunch (members only) - $250 per guest
The new workshop is open to all TFI members' staffs who are either registering for the entire conference (no additional fee) or registering just for the Monday workshop and lunch ($250).  
Those coming for this workshop / lunch are invited to join us at the Welcoming Reception.



Credit Cards, Checks, Wire Transfers, and ACH

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

Wire Transfer: Please contact TFI at [email protected] for wire transfer information.
The name(s) of the attendees must appear on the check/wire transfer; all added processing fees will be charged to the issuer of the check/wire transfer.  

Credit Cards: We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Please provide your credit card number, expiration date, and the credit card billing address. All credit card transactions are processed in U.S. dollars and subject to the current U.S. exchange rate.  

The Fertilizer Institute is not responsible for foreign check or wire transaction processing fees not included in the 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 processing fee is not included in the actual transfer.


Cancellations fees will be waived for the 2020 World Conference. Please notify TFI if you need to cancel so we can remove you from the attendee list and registration process. Substitutions may be made by contacting the conference department or at the conference. Email cancellation requests attention Valerie Sutton [email protected]


Registration List

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

Dress Code

Business attire (ties optional)

Antitrust Policy

TFI’s antitrust policy is included in your conference registration packet and on the conference app. Please review the document and contact TFI with any questions.



September 13

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Satellite Registration

September 14

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration & Exhibits
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Networking Lounge, Coffee, and Conversation
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Member Session
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Executive Committee, Invitation Only

September 15

6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Registration & Exhibits
6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Networking Lounge, Coffee, and Conversation
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Session: Keynote Address
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Board of Directors Lunch, Invitation Only
1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting, Invitation Only
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Nutrients for Life Foundation Board Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

September 16

6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Registration & Exhibits
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Networking Lounge
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Session: Closing Keynote


Hotel Information

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC, 20001-4307

The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC offers an unbeatable location in Shaw, one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods with close proximity to top local attractions and iconic monuments as well as award-winning restaurants. Conveniently located adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC provides guests with modern hotel accommodations and premium amenities within easy reach of the area's most popular destinations. An 8,000-square-foot, bi-level fitness center, open 24 hours a day. Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the hotel lobby and other public areas, including the Grand Atrium

Reservation Cut-off Date: August 20, 2020. Discounted group rates are only available to those who register for the conference.

Please note: You must be registered for the World Fertilizer Conference to secure a discounted guest room at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. Once you register for the conference a web-based reservations link and telephone number will be provided in your confirmation email. Room rates do not include tax. To avoid an inconvenient billing of one night’s room and tax, you must cancel your room reservation 72 hours prior to your arrival date.

Beware of Housing Pirates
Please make sure to book your hotel directly with the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. Beware of companies misrepresenting themselves as affiliated with TFI or the World Fertilizer Conference as TFI will not be able to assist you with any housing problems with reservations made through a third party. If you have further questions or concerns please contact Mariana Gallo, Senior Director, Conferences, [email protected]

Single/Double Occupancy:                 $299
Triple/Quadruple Occupancy:             $329
(plus applicable taxes, currently 14.8%)

Hotel Cancellation Policy: Guest Room cancellations must be made no less than 72 hours prior to arrival. Any reservation that is not canceled and does not arrive will be charged one (1) night's room and tax to the guaranteed method of payment on the reservation.

Early Departure Fee:  The hotel has an early departure fee of one (1) night's room and tax. Departure dates are reconfirmed at check-in and are subject to a fee if changed after the check-in process is complete.

Requesting Ten or More Rooms?

Requests for blocks of ten or more rooms should be directed to Mariana Gallo, Senior Director, Conferences, [email protected]

Affiliate Hospitality Suites and Meeting Room Rentals please refer to the Suite Tab above.

Dining and Activities Guide

Fine Dining Opportunities:
Off-Site Recreation:

Airport and Ground Transportation

There are several airport options, train, and driving options to the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Refer to Welcome to the Marriott Marquis for full details.

Parking Options

Valet parking, fee: $51/night, plus tax. 
Self-Parking: no self-parking is available at the hotel

Passport and Visa Information

Current CDC COVID-19 guidelines for international travelers to the US.

A valid passport, and perhaps a visa, is required for entry into the United States. Attendees are encouraged to contact the nearest American Consulate for visa requirements applicable to them and start their application process. 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 confirm 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 to cover courier fees. 

Once your registration fee has been paid, TFI will provide you with a letter of invitation to our 2020 World Fertilizer Conference along with 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 support letter, we will require the following information:

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

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



Suites and Meeting Rooms

Requests for suites and meeting space should be sent directly to The Fertilizer Institute through our online forms (links below). Suites and meeting rooms are available to members who have registered and paid to attend the conference.

Non-members who request suites and meeting rooms are assessed a $2,800 booking fee for suites and a $1,800 booking fee for meeting space. These fees are in addition to the hotel's daily rate and tax for the suite and/or meeting space. The booking fee is waived for members.

To ensure all participants have a successful conference TFI has established policies and procedures for requesting and managing the suites.

Requests for suites must be directed to The Fertilizer Institute. The hotel cannot accept requests.

  1. All requested suites and meeting rooms are to be made through the online form.TFI will not honor requests emailed to the conference team.
  2. TFI Members have the first choice of suites.
  3. We cannot guarantee your first requested suite. In the comment column please note your second and third requested suite.
  4. Suites and meeting rooms will only be assigned to registered and paid conference attendees.


  1.  All individuals who work in the suite or meeting room and/or affiliated who will be attending meetings in the suite or meeting room must be registered for the conference. GROUP DISCOUNTS are available on the online registration form.

Suite Fees

  1. Members can secure suites at the hotel's per-night suite rate (plus taxes), with no additional booking fee from TFI.
  2. Non-members can secure suites at the hotel's per-night suite rate (plus taxes), PLUS an additional $2,800 one-time booking fee from TFI.
  3. All food, beverage, audiovisual equipment, upgraded wi-fi, and any other fees are the responsibility of the suite holder.
  4. Credit card deposits are required to confirm bookings with the hotel.

Meeting Room Fees

  1. Members can secure Meeting Rooms at the hotel's meeting room rental fee of $500 per room, per day (plus taxes), with no additional booking fee from TFI.
  2. Non-members can secure suites at the hotel's meeting room rental fee of $500 per room, per day  (plus taxes), PLUS an additional $1,800 one-time booking fee from TFI.
  3. All food, beverage, audiovisual equipment, upgraded wi-fi, and any other fees are the responsibility of the suite holder.
  4. Credit Cards deposits are required to confirm a booking with the hotel.

Suite Access and Scheduling

  1. Suite holders can check into their suite starting at 1:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check-out is no later than 2:00 pm on the last day
  2. If you require early check-in you must reserve the suite the night before.
  3. Companies are asked to schedule meetings in suites and meeting rooms AFTER the 9:00 am opening sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.


  1. Suite and meeting room arrangements and payments are handled directly by the hotel. Full contact information is listed on the form.
  2. Suite and Meeting Room holders who request their locations be made public will have details posted on the Conference APP, meter boards on the lobby level, and on the guest room floor. No signs will be posted on individual suite doors. Provide the name of the company to be posted on the suite request form and when finalizing details with the hotel.
  3. For suite holders, a one-time fee, per room fee of $250 will be charged for bed removal of any suite and/or connecting bedroom.


  1. Suites canceled after August 31, 2020 will be charged a one-night cancellation fee, plus booking fees owed to TFI; meeting rooms will be charged a one-day rental fee.



If you have questions or need assistance please contact Mariana Gallo, Senior Director, Conferences, [email protected].


Tabletop exhibit space is available for TFI members only and on a complimentary basis. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. All requests for exhibit space must be made no later than August 14, 2020. Confirmation and table assignments, along with an exhibitor prospectus, will be sent to exhibitors no later than August 23, 2020.

Please contact Valerie Sutton at [email protected]