The Fertilizer Institute World Fertilizer Conference

SEPTEMBER 23 - 25, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois

TFI's World Fertilizer Conference draws more than 700 delegates from 60 different countries that represent all sectors of the fertilizer industry. From the impact of the Green New Deal to the risks of climate change and related policies, speakers at the World Fertilizer Conference will explore the disruption in the fertilizer industry and provide a foundation for compelling conversations among all attendees. The popular Networking Lounge will be open Monday through Wednesday providing additional space for delegates to conduct business, network with new delegates, or take a quick coffee break between meetings. 

New this year, Pre-Conference Sessions: Both the Monday Member Workshop and Emerging Professionals Leadership are covered by your conference registration. If you're sending a team member for just Monday sessions and reception, see the reduced registration fee. 

New this year: You must be registered for the World Fertilizer Conference to secure a discounted guest room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Once you register for the conference, a confirmation email will be sent with information on how to reserve rooms via a secure website or over the telephone. 

Conference Highlights
Welcome Reception
Monday, September 23 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Welcome Reception is being held in the heart of the hotel, at the American Craft Restaurant on the lobby level. The best place to see and be seen. 

Look for sponsorship opportunities at the Welcome Reception and in the Hyatt Regency's famous BIG Bar!


New this year: You must be registered for the The World Fertilizer Conference to secure a discounted guest room at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago. Once you register for the conference, a confirmation email will be sent with information on how to reserve rooms via a secure website or over the telephone. 

Conference Fees

Early Bird                                General                                      Late                                              Member Workshop (Monday only)
June 3 to July 14                  July 15 to August 11                August 12 to Conference          new to conference

$1,475 per attendee              $1,550 per attendee                 $1,575 per attendee                    $250


Early Bird                                General                                      Late
June 3 to July 14                  July 15 to August 11                August 12 to Conference

$2,075 per attendee              $2,225 per attendee                 $2,275 per attendee


Guest Fee, must be a non-conference guest
$75 per guest



Monday Member Workshop and Lunch (members only) - $250 per guest
The new workshop is open to all TFI members' staff who are either registering for the entire conference (no additional fee) or registering just for the Monday workshop and lunch ($250).  
(fee for those coming for this workshop and lunch only includes opening reception)


Monday's Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum - Complimentary Session
The Emerging Professionals Leadership is a new session that will bring together all members and non-members to discuss the growing diversity and opportunity in the fertilizer industry. The session is open to all members.
(Though it is free, please register for the Forum by checking the appropriate box on the registration form)


The full registration fee includes:

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


Discounted Fee

Registration fees are discounted for U.S. and Canadian government officials, please contact Valerie Sutton, for information.


Payment Options

Payment Options: Credit Cards, Checks, and Wire Transfers

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

Wire Transfer: Please contact TFI at 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 actual transfer.



Cancellations must be received in writing at The Fertilizer Institute office by August 19, 2019, for a refund of registration fee (less 25 percent administrative fee). No telephone cancellations are accepted. After August 19, 2019, all registrations will be non-refundable. Attendees who no-show will not be refunded. Substitutions may be made by contacting the conference department or at the conference. Refunds will be processed in the six weeks following the conference.

The Fertilizer Institute
Attn: Conference Department
425 Third St. SW, Ste 950
Washington, D.C. 20024


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.

The Executive Committee asks that no private events be planned in conflict with TFI conference functions.

September 22

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

September 23

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration & Exhibits
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Networking Lounge, coffee, and afternoon cocktails
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Member Workshop
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FERTPAC Reception
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception

September 24

6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
Registration & Exhibits
6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Lounge, coffee, and afternoon cocktails
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Session
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Board of Directors Luncheon (by invitation only)
1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation only)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Nutrients for Life Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Closing Reception

September 25

6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Registration & Table Top Exhibits
6:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Networking Lounge, coffee
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Session

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Experience Hyatt Regency Chicago, the largest hotel in Chicago. Located downtown near the Riverwalk and Magnificent Mile, the hotel is in the heart of the city. All of the city’s best shopping, theatre, nightlife and dining options are just steps away. Dine in one of the hotel's restaurants or take in the expansive views of Chicago while sipping on colossal cocktails at BIG Bar. The hotel features newly renovated guest rooms with all the comforts of home.


New this year: You must be registered for the World Fertilizer Conference to secure a dicounted guest room at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago. 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 a billing of one night’s room and tax, you need to 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 Hyatt Regency Chicago. If any issues come up with a reservation made through a third party, TFI will not be able to assist you.  Beware of companies misrepresenting themselves as affiliated with TFI or the World Fertilizer Conference. If you have further questions or concerns please contact Mariana Gallo, Senior Director, Conferences,


Single/Double Occupancy:                  $279
Triple/Quadruple Occupancy:             $304
Regency Club:                                       $329
(plus applicable taxes)

Guestroom rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi access 

Reservation Cut-off Date: August 30, 2019

Check in time: 3:00 p.m. / Check out time: 12:00 p.m.

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 (1) one 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 made to Joseph Siemianowski, Group Reservations Coordinator
Tel: (312) 565-1234 x6683

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

Airport and Ground Transportation

Chicago O'Hare, 18 miles or a 45 minute to one hour drive
Cab fare is estimated at $45  with light traffic, $51 with moderate traffic, and up to $75 with heavy travel traffic each way

Chiago Midway Airport, 12 miles or a 25 minute to 35  minute drive
Cab fare is estimated at $39 with light traffic, $45 with moderate traffic, and $66 with heavy traffic each way

Airport Transfer Options:

Airport and Ground Transportation  provided by Go Airport Express
average $28 one way

Parking Options

Valet Parking: $69/night​, plus tax
Self-Parking: no self parking is available at the hotel


Dining and Activities Guide

Check out the Choose Chicago Web page (  for information about everything there is to see and do in Chicago


Passport and Visa Information

A valid passport, and in many cases 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 might 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 2019 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. 



David Oppedahl

David Oppedahl is a senior business economist in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Oppedahl conducts research on the agricultural sector and rural development, as well as analyzing business conditions and the regional economy. He directs the Chicago Federal Reserve District's survey of agricultural banks on agricultural land values and credit conditions and publishes the results in AgLetter—the Chicago Fed's quarterly agricultural publication. In addition to his research, he regularly briefs the Chicago Fed's president on the agricultural economy.

Before starting his career at the Chicago Fed as an associate economist in 1998, Oppedahl was a consultant in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. While at the Dallas Fed, he provided research support in the area of econometrics.

Oppedahl received a B.S. in mathematics from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also completed graduate-level course work in economics while attending Southern Methodist University.

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Supporting Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Sponsorship requests are due by August 16, 2019.

Suites and Meeting Rooms

Requests for suites and meeting space should be sent directly to The Fertilizer Institute through the online forms linked 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 $2,600 booking fee for suites and a $1,600 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. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mariana Gallo, Senior Director, Conferences.

Reserve Suites            Reserve Meeting Rooms



Exhibit space is available for The Fertilizer Institute members 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 12, 2019. Confirmation and table assignments, along with an exhibitor prospectus, will be sent to exhibitors no later than August 16, 2019.

Contact: Valerie Sutton, Director, Membership & Conferences.

Reserve Exhibit Space