The Fertilizer Institute World Fertilizer Conference 2020

DECEMBER 31 - 31, 1969 | 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. 

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

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



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.


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.
Though it is free, please register for the Forum by checking the appropriate box on the registration form.


Discounted Fee

Registration fees are discounted for U.S. and Canadian government officials as well as state associations. Please contact Valerie Sutton for more 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 [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 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

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 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 Session: The Intersection of Climate Change and the Fertilizer Industry
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum: Advancing Your Career – What’s the “Secret Sauce?”
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
FERTPAC Hosted 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. - 3:15 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
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, [email protected]


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 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 made to Joseph Siemianowski, Group Reservations Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (312) 565-1234 x6683

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

Airport and Ground Transportation

Chicago O'Hare, 18 miles or a 45 minute to one hour drive
Cab fare to or from O’Hare is estimated to be $45 with light traffic, $51 with moderate traffic, and up to $75 with heavy traffic.

Chicago Midway Airport, 12 miles or a 25 minute to 35 minute drive
Cab fare to or from Midway is estimated to be $39 with light traffic, $45 with moderate traffic, and up to $66 with heavy traffic.

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.  You can also view more restaurants here.


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. 



Kate Rebernak

Morning Breakfast Session Speaker, Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Thriving in a Changing Business Climate

With more than 25 years of experience as a strategic thinker, advisor, and communicator, Kate has been advising companies her entire professional life. Formerly a commercial-litigation attorney whose clients included federal financial institutions, banks, and insurance and other public companies, Kate brings together a variety of perspectives to inform her work with clients. In 2003 she founded Framework LLC. Kate directs the company’s research and leads the firm’s consulting work with clients on integrating consideration for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues into corporate strategy and operations. Some of the organizations that she has advised for many years are The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, NVIDIA, Symantec, and the Global Compact Network USA.

Kate frequently speaks and writes on the value of ESG integration and the effective management of ESG issues. Her work has been published in Ethical Corporation, Green Biz, The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking, and Triple Pundit. In addition, Framework’s work culture and research have been mentioned in Harvard Business School publications, Forbes, and Bloomberg.

Kate serves on the board of directors of Cornerstone Capital Inc. and chairs the board’s nominating and governance committee. In addition, she serves on the Ethical Corporation editorial advisory board and has served as a guest lecturer at the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) Business and the Environment Consulting Clinic since 2009.

Kate holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri at Columbia, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a lifetime member of Net Impact.

David Oppedahl

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Closing Speaker, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

 The Financial State of the U.S. Farmer

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.

Kevin Kennedy

Senior Fellow, U.S. Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute
Member Session Moderator
Monday, September 23

The Intersection of Climate Change and the Fertilizer Industry

Kevin is a Senior Fellow in the U.S. Climate Initiative in the Global Climate Program. The Initiative is working to make the economic, technical, and political case for deep emissions reductions in the U.S. in the coming decades. Kevin helps lead WRI’s work on subnational climate action in the U.S., including overseeing WRI’s work on America’s Pledge, and also contributes to the US Climate Initiative’s work on carbon pricing in the U.S.

Prior to joining WRI, Kevin led the Office of Climate Change as Assistant Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In this role, he oversaw implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), including development of California’s cap-and-trade program and the range of other measures the state is using to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Before joining CARB, Kevin worked for the California Energy Commission, including time as Special Advisor to Energy Commission Chairman Joseph Desmond and then to Commissioner Jeffrey D. Byron. While at the Energy Commission, he also managed the 2005 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) proceeding, which provided a comprehensive review of California’s energy policy.

Kevin holds a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at University of California, Berkeley, and has more than 20 years’ experience in energy and environmental policy.

Jan Mares

Resources for the Future
Member Session Speaker, Monday, September 23

The Intersection of Climate Change and the Fertilizer Industry

Jan W. Mares became a Senior Advisor with Resources for the Future in May 2009 where he is involved with work on energy and environmental issues. Previously he was a Business Liaison Director with the Private Sector Office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from May 2003 until January 2009. The last several years he was the Deputy Director. The function of the Office is to promote, encourage and monitor collaborative relations between the private sector and the Department regarding homeland security issues. A large part of Office’s effort was to promote collaboration between DHS and associations and companies that are in the critical infrastructure and key resource sectors. 

During the second term of the Reagan Administration, Mares was an Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration for about a year, and a Senior Policy Analyst at the White House for two and one half years, where he was involved with environment, energy, trade, and technology issues. From 1981 to 1985, Mares also served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs and Energy Emergencies, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy, Safety and Environment, and Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy. For six months he was the Acting Under Secretary of Energy. 

Before entering Federal service, Mares was with Union Carbide Corporation for about 18 years. About nine years were in the Law Department, where he worked on antitrust compliance and purchasing issues as well as spending seven years on issues involving Union Carbide’s overseas activities and became the International Counsel. The other nine years involved business responsibilities in the chemicals area. They included leading an effort for three years to create a chemicals joint venture with a Middle East government company and being the operations/profit manager for several groups of industrial chemicals. From early 1980, until joining the Department of Energy in 1981, he was Vice President-General Manager of the Ethylene Oxide Derivatives Division. 

Subsequent to the Reagan Administration, Mares worked with Shaw Pittman (a Washington DC law firm), the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, and the EOP Group (a Washington DC environment, energy, and budget consulting firm). 


  • LLB, Harvard Law School, 1963 

  • MS in chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960 

  • AB in chemistry, Harvard College, 1958 

Greg Bertelsen

Climate Leadership Council
Member Session Speaker, Monday, September 23

The Intersection of Climate Change and the Fertilizer Industry

As Executive Vice President, Greg Bertelsen leads the Climate Leadership Council’s congressional engagement, oversees the Council’s outreach to business constituencies, and contributes to policy research and development.

Prior to joining the Climate Leadership Council, Mr. Bertelsen served as Senior Director, Energy and Resources Policy, at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 2013 to 2017. At the NAM, Mr. Bertelsen led advocacy efforts on behalf of manufacturers for a variety of energy and environmental policy issues. He has worked with congressmen, high-ranking administration officials and served as an official advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on environmental justice issues.   

Previously, Mr. Bertelsen served as Manager and Regulatory Analyst, Environmental Markets & Policy, at Siemens AG. While there, Mr. Bertelsen advised Fortune 100 industrial and utility companies on energy and environmental policy, including carbon tax and cap-and-trade proposals.

Mr. Bertelsen is a lawyer by training who received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dickinson College and a JD from the American University Washington College of Law. He served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Craven.

Suzanne M. Burns

Spencer Stuart
Facilitator for Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum, Monday, September 23, 2019

Facilitator for Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum: Advancing Your Career – What’s the “Secret Sauce?”

Suzanne Burns is a member of Spencer Stuart’s global Industrial, Infrastructure, Construction & Building Materials, Digital, Private Equity, and Board practices, serving manufacturing and distribution clients around the world. She brings more than 25 years of industrial industry experience spanning general management and growth-oriented roles such as strategic planning, global expansion, mergers and acquisitions, digital and marketing roles. Suzanne specializes in board, C suite, and senior-level assignments and succession planning consultation across multiple sectors, functions, and regions. With her broad global operations experience, she helps organizations find leaders who can adapt to changing times by developing appropriate strategies, culture, and talent.

Worldwide industrial experience

  • Before joining Spencer Stuart, Suzanne served as chief talent officer for global industrial distributor W. W. Grainger. She also led the integration of the supply chain and distribution center networks of 11 previously acquired businesses into the company’s new U.S. business model.

  • Suzanne was president of the Fluid Management subsidiary of IDEX Corporation. Prior to that, during her 17 years with Eaton Corporation, she served as division president and vice president/general manager of two global power quality businesses, oversaw the integration of hydraulic manufacturer Aeroquip Vickers, and headed the company's international development, where she established 15 startup equity investments in Asia and Latin America.

  • Suzanne began her career as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney.

Suzanne is active in the community and serves on the boards of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation, Communities In Schools of Chicago, Leadership Greater Chicago, and serves as Spencer Stuart’s representation on the board of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. She is a member of The Executives' Club of Chicago, University Club of Chicago, and the Association for Corporate Growth. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.

Kelly Davey

Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum, Monday, September 23, 2019

Advancing Your Career – What’s the “Secret Sauce?”

Kelly Davey is currently Director of Industrial Nitrogen Sales at Nutrien. She grew up on a grain farm in Saskatchewan. She has a Commerce Degree and a Master's in Agriculture Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. Ms. Davey joined Nutrien in 2008 and has worked in a number of areas including market research, international sales, marketing and product management. Prior to joining Nutrien, she was in the grain trading industry. In her spare time, Ms. Davey enjoys running marathons and traveling.

Anita LaVelle

Crop Nutrients
Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum, Monday, September 23, 2019

Advancing Your Career – What’s the “Secret Sauce?”

Anita LaVelle serves as Director of Sales for WinField United Crop Nutrients®, a crop inputs business for Land O’Lakes®. In this role, Anita is focused on supporting locally-owned ag retailers and their fertilizer input needs.

Anita joined WinField United® as part of the merger with United Suppliers in 2015. With the organization now known as WinField United® since 2004, Anita has worked in a variety of roles including purchasing, customer service leadership and sales responsibilities.

Anita holds a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa and resides in Eldora, Iowa with her husband, Nick, and two daughters. 

Alexis Maxwell

Green Markets, a Bloomberg Company
Emerging Professionals Leadership Forum, Monday, September 23, 2019

Advancing Your Career – What’s the “Secret Sauce?”

Alexis is the Research Director with Green Markets and is originally from Illinois. 

Previous positions include market research and sales roles at fertilizer producers SABIC and CF Industries as well as launching a satellite imagery startup focused on agriculture production at Lanworth (now Thomson Reuters Refinitiv). She received a MS/MBA in Agribusiness Management from Purdue University’s School of Agricultural Economics and Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business and a BA from The College of William and Mary. 

Sponsor Prospectus



Supporting Sponsors

Interested in Sponsor or Exhibit Opportunities?

Requests are due by January 31, 2020.

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           
Meeting Rooms are sold out. Contact Mariana Gallo for questions.



Exhibit space is available free of charge for The Fertilizer Institute members (though the hotel might assess some fees for power, etc.). Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served 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