TFI World Fertilizer Conference
The World Fertilizer Conference is heading to San Francisco, California, October 1-3, 2018! Members from all facets of the fertilizer industry across the globe 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. Make sure to secure your spot now!
Requests for suites and meeting space should be addressed to The Fertilizer Institute through our online form. 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 non-members a $2,500 booking fee for suites and a $1,500 booking fee for meeting space. These fees are in addition to the hotel charges for the suite or meeting space. The fee is waived for TFI members.
Exhibit space is complimentary for TFI members interested in setting up 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 August.
Register Online (credit card only)
Register via mail/fax (payment must be received by August 2 to secure the early bird rate)
Before August 2 After August 2
$1,450 per attendee $1,475 per attendee
Before August 2 After August 2
$1,950 per attendee $2,050 per attendee
Registration fees are waived for spouses, U.S. and Canadian government officials, liason officers of The Fertilizer Institute, and affiliate members.
The registration fee includes:
- Attendance at all conference sessions
- Full breakfast on Monday and Tuesday with keynote speakers
- Sunday and Monday evening receptions
- Coffee breaks
- Hospitality Center (all welcome to use for networking)
- Conference app for easy access to delegate list and other key information
- Suite list
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 the 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 attendee(s) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for wire transfer information.
E-Checks: Please have your accounting department notify Valerie Sutton 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.
You may substitute another person in your place at any time by calling or emailing the conference department. If you must cancel and have no one to replace you, your refund request must be received by email or in writing and postmarked no later than August 9 in order to receive a full refund, less a 25 percent administrative fee. After August 9, no refunds will be granted for cancellations or no-shows. Telephone cancellations are not accepted. Refunds take six weeks to process after the conference.
The Fertilizer Institute
425 Third St. SW, Ste 950
Attn: Conferences Department
Washington, D.C. 20024
Registrations are not official until payment is received. A list of all registered delegates will be provided to attendees. 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 on the conference app. No additional list of attendees will be provided during or after the conference.
Business attire (ties optional)
TFI’s antitrust policy is included in your conference registration packet. 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.
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
The Westin St. Francis Union Square has a vibrant, iconic destination in San Francisco. The hotel is directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside our doors. All of the city’s best shopping, theatre, nightlife and dining options are just steps away, and the hotel is only a short walk from the Financial District, Chinatown and Moscone Convention Center.
Standard Queen (Landmark Building): $300
Traditional King or two Doubles (Landmark Building): $348
Tower Deluxe King or two Doubles: $362
Reservation Cut-off Date: September 10, 2018
Check in time: 4:00 p.m. / Check out time: 11:00 a.m.
To reserve your room at the Westin St. Francis, call the hotel directly or make reservations online. Mention your participation with The Fertilizer Institute and register by September 10 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.
Ten or More Rooms
Requests for blocks of 10 or more rooms should be made to Patrick Dwyer, Group Reservations Coordinator, (415) 733-1245.
Hospitality Suites, Meeting Room Rentals, and Booking Fee
Requests for suites and meeting space should be addressed to The Fertilizer Institute through our online form, 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 non-members a $2,500 booking fee for suites and a $1,500 booking fee for meeting space. These fees are in addition to any hotel charges for the suite or meeting space. The fee is waived for TFI members.
Please see the dining guide for a list of restaurants near the Westin St. Francis.
Airport and Ground Transportation
San Francisco International Airport
Hotel direction: 13.2 miles S
- BART to Powell Street Station; fee: $8.95 (one way)
- Estimated taxi fare: $55 (one way)
- Super Shuttle: $17 (one way)
Oakland International Airport
Hotel direction: 19.4 miles E
- Super Shuttle: $57 (one way)
- Taxi: $65 (one-way)
Using Uber? Pick up is located at 320 Geary / Drop off is located at 350 Geary.
Hotel Parking Options
- Garage parking is available onsite and at several nearby garages. See rate information here.
Passport and Visa Information
A valid passport, and in many cases a visa, is required for entry into the United States. Attendees should contact the nearest American Consulate about applicable visa requirements. The State Department suggests applying for visas as early as possible.
In order to receive a visa, you may need to request letters from TFI inviting you to attend and/or confirming your attendance. 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 2017 World Conference. 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 or Consulate where you are applying for a visa
These two letters will be e-mailed or faxed to you.
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We hope you can join us two conference receptions. Sunday evening, we'll be in the hotel for our opening reception.
Join us Monday evening at the Library of Congress
Monday, join us for an unforgettable evening at the world-famous Library of Congress! Mingle with fellow delegates among a special library exhibit highlighting our nation's rich agricultural history. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Founded in 1800, it is the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation.
- more than 164 million items
- approximately 838 miles of bookshelves
- 38 million books and other printed materials
- 3.6 million recordings
- 14 million photographs
- 5.5 million maps
- 8.1 million pieces of sheet music
- 70 million manuscripts
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