T3 Conference - Trends, Technology, and Transportation

NOVEMBER 07 - 09, 2022 | Houston, TX | Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria

T3 Fertilizer Conference - Trends, Technology, and Transportation where industry professionals from the fertilizer supply chain gain a deeper understanding of all the factors driving supply and demand - including transportation and logistics - along with today's greatest industry trends and transportation issues.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities
Looking for opportunities to increase your brand recognition with analysts and transportation professionals within the fertilizer industry? Review our business development opportunities HERE and reserve a sponsorship or exhibit table soon! Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

COVID Guidance (current as of 08/02/22)
Your health and safety are our highest priorities. Please consult state and local Covid-19 guidelines before attending TFI events. Each participant has an individual responsibility to make choices in the best interest of their own health. If you are traveling from outside of the United States and are not a US passport holder, please consult entry and exit requirements for the United States. Please note that travel remains prohibited from several countries to the United States.

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Please email Valerie Sutton with registration questions.


Member Registration Fee: $750 per attendee                                              

Non-Member Registration Fee: $1,500 per attendee

Guest Fee: Contact Valerie Sutton for more information.

The registration fee includes:

  • Attendance at all conference education sessions
  • Networking Receptions on Monday and Tuesday
  • Breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Tuesday
  • Conference mobile app containing conference schedule, attendee list, and key conference information


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

International Attendees: For international attendees wishing to pay by another payment method, please contact Valerie Sutton at [email protected]. Please note: 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.

Cancellation requests must be received by TFI no later than October 7th in order to receive a full refund, less a 25% administrative fee. No refunds will be granted after this date. However, extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Substitutions are welcome, but there will be no refunds for no-shows. Refunds for those who paid by check will be mailed two weeks following the conference.

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 Casual

Terms & Conditions
The TFI Registration Terms and Conditions apply to all registrants and your participation in the TFI Event (both in-person and virtual), regardless of whether your registration is submitted by you or your proxy. By registering, you accept these terms and conditions.

Session times listed are Central Time (U.S.)

November 07

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
TFI Committee Meetings (by invitation only)


TFI Economics Committee Meeting

TFI & Fertilizer Canada Transportation Committee Meeting

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Pool Terrace
Welcome Reception



November 08

7:00 am - 5:00 pm | 2nd Floor



7:30 am - 8:00 am | 2nd Floor
Breakfast & Networking with Exhibitors
8:00 am - 9:45 am | Regency Ballroom
Opening Session


Farmers Versus Foodies
Ray Starling


STB Rail Panel
Surface Transportation Board Members Patrick Fuchs and Karen Hedlund

9:45 am - 10:00 am | Prefunction Area
Coffee Break Sponsored by GATX
10:00 am - 10:45 am
General Session

Fertilizer and Food Security
Steve Mathews, Gro Intelligence
Laura Cross, IFA

10:55 am - 11:40 am | Regency Ballroom C
Global Disruption: Russia

Georgy Eliseev, IHS Markit

10:55 am - 11:40 am | Regency Ballroom D
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Paul Bomgardner, FMCSA

11:50 am - 12:35 pm | Regency Ballroom C
Crop Input Innovations

Bill Abetz, Pursell Agritech

Trevor Jones, Pivot Bio

Larry Unruh, American Plant Food Corporation

11:50 am - 12:35 pm | Regency Ballroom D
Inland Waterway Navigation

Tracy Zea, Waterways Council, Inc.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm | Prefunction Area
Lunch Provided
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm | Regency Ballroom C
Fertilizer and Investment from Wall Street

Steve Byrne, Bank of America

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm | Ballroom D
Rail Safety

Noel Christensen, Northern Plains Rail Companies

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Coffee Break Sponsored by GATX
2:25 pm - 3:10 pm | Regency Ballroom D
Fertilizer Industry Regulatory and Legislative Update

Tom Lynch, Ed Thomas, Justin Louchheim, The Fertilizer Institute

2:25 pm - 3:10 pm | Regency Ballroom C
Low Carbon Ammonia: How and Why

Jim Schwartz, OCI  |  Tim Rens, Monolith Materials, Inc.

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm | Sage
FIRT Board Meeting (by Invitation Only)
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Prefunction Area
Afternoon Reception
9:00 pm - 12:00 am | Lobby Level
Election Watch Party Sponsored by American Plant Food

November 09

7:30 am - 12:00 pm | 2nd Floor
7:30 am - 8:00 am | 2nd Floor
Breakfast & Networking Sponsored by Pursell Agri-Tech
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Agriculture Outlook

Ken Zuckerberg, CoBank

08:50 am - 09:20 am
Potash Outlook

Kwadjo Ahodo, S&P Global Fertecon

9:25 am - 9:55 am
Sulfur Outlook

Fiona Boyd, Acuity

9:55 am - 10:15 am
Coffee & Networking Break Sponsored by Pursell Agri-Tech
10:20 am - 10:50 am
Phosphate Outlook

Crystal Carpenter, Mosaic

10:55 am - 11:25 am
Natural Gas Outlook

John Harpole, Mercator Energy

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Nitrogen Outlook

Dag Tore Mo, Yara

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
2626 Sage Road
Houston, Texas 77056 United States

Phone: +1 832 803 1234
Email: [email protected]

Reservation Cut-off Date: October 28, 2022. Book at the discounted rate here: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/HOURG/G-FRTZ

Single/Double Occupancy:                 $179/per night
(plus applicable taxes)

Please note: You must be registered for the T3 Fertilizer Conference to secure a discounted guest room. 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.

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.

Beware of Housing Pirates
Please make sure to book your hotel directly with the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria. Beware of companies misrepresenting themselves as affiliated with TFI or the T3 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 Alice McKinnon, Director of Member Programs, [email protected].

Requesting Ten or More Rooms?
Requests for blocks of ten or more rooms should be directed to Alice McKinnon, Director of Member Programs, [email protected]

Airport and Ground Transportation
There are several transportation options to Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria. Please refer to the hotel website for full details.

Parking Options
Valet parking fee: $20 discounted rate for Overnight/Event Parking

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


John Harpole

John is founder and president of Mercator Energy LLC, a natural gas services, brokerage and energy market analysis company. Mercator assists both producers and end users throughout the United States in selling and sourcing natural gas supplies. Mercator manages more than 2 BCF per day of natural gas in seven states. Mercator also conducts specific research projects for client groups exploring the impact of industry trends on various regional markets. During his career, Harpole has provided strategic advice and counseling to independent oil and gas producers, power producers, major gas and electric utilities, hedge funds and energy traders, retail and wholesale energy marketers, equipment vendors and large energy users typically at the CEO level.

Tracy Zea

Tracy Zea is President/CEO of Waterways Council, Inc.’s (WCI). WCI is the national trade organization that advocates for a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system while representing more than 165 members. Tracy is responsible for ensuring WCI yearly and long-term goals and objectives are being accomplished while promoting strong public policy for the Nation’s inland waterways transportation system.  

Prior to joining WCI, Zea served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) for five years. During his time on the Committee, he assisted in legislation related to the Environmental Protection Agency, Tennessee Valley Authority, Army Corps of Engineers – Civil works, and played an integral part in the enactment of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014.

Mr. Zea earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from South Dakota State University.

Ray Starling

Ray Starling is an attorney, speaker, law professor, public policy professional and ag system thought leader who has focused much of his career on agriculture law and policy in the public and private sectors. After growing up on a diversified Century Farm in Southeast North Carolina, he studied Agricultural Education at NC State University and then attended the University of North Carolina School of Law, graduating with honors. He has counseled State Supreme Court Justices, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a North Carolina Speaker of the House and United States Senator who sat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and the United States Secretary of Agriculture. He also staffed the National Economic Council at the White House, serving as the Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Agriculture Trade, and Food Assistance.

Ken Zuckerberg

Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg is an accomplished financial strategist that serves as the lead analyst for grains, farm supply, and biofuels within CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange. Ken brings more than 30 years of diverse experience spanning industry research, equity and capital structure analysis, and investment management. Before joining CoBank in 2019, he served in similar capacities at two other major agricultural lenders, Wells Fargo and Rabobank. Prior to that, Ken was the managing partner of Carlan Advisors, LLC, an independent research and consulting firm he founded in 2003.

Patrick Fuchs

Patrick Fuchs was sworn in on January 17, 2019, as a Member of the Board for a term of office expiring on January 17, 2024, following his confirmation by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fuchs was senior professional staff member working on surface transportation and maritime issues for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under the leadership of Chairman John Thune of South Dakota.

Karen Hedlund

Karen J. Hedlund was sworn in on January 3, 2022, as a Member of the Board for a term of office expiring on January 3, 2027, following her confirmation by the United States Senate on December 16, 2021. Karen served in the Obama Administration as Chief Counsel of the Federal Highway Administration from 2009 to 2010, and as Chief Counsel and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration from 2010 to 2014. Since stepping down from that position, Karen has advised governmental authorities and private investors on the development of passenger rail and transportation-oriented development projects.

Dag Tore Mo

Dag Tore Mo has an MSc in Mathematics and Statistics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology. After teaching quantitative subjects at Norwegian School of Management for 10 years, he joined Norsk Hydro / Yara in 1997, and has followed fertilizer markets since.

Kwadjo Ahodo

Sr. Research Analyst, Potash Outlook, S&P Global Commodity Insights

Dr. Kwadjo joined Agribusiness in November 2019 as Potash Analyst. Prior to joining Agribusiness, Dr. Kwadjo worked at Sirius Minerals (now acquired by AngloAmerican) as Agricultural Marketing & Farm Economics Analyst, responsible for economic and comparative analyses of fertilizer plans. Dr. Kwadjo has a background in agricultural/environmental economics, with BSc in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana, MSc in Economics of Natural Resources & Environmental Management from Cranfield University, and PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Sheffield.

Paul Bomgardner

Paul Bomgardner began his public safety career as a Trooper in the Maryland State Police in January 1977. During his tenure, he served as a road Trooper, an inspector in the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division, and finally, as a commercial motor vehicle inspector in the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, eventually serving as the commander of that unit.  After leaving the State Police in December 1988, Paul served as the Director, Hazardous Materials Transportation at the American Trucking Associations until his move in December 2001, to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance where he served as the Director of Administration. In March 2010, Paul joined the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Enforcement as the Hazardous Materials Division Team Lead. Paul was promoted to Chief of the HM Division in January of 2011 and retains that position today. As Chief, Paul is responsible for the development and delivery of the Agency’s national hazardous materials enforcement initiatives.

Noel Christensen

Mr. Christensen has over 31 years of experience in the railroad industry. He began his career with the Soo Line Railroad/Canadian Pacific in 1990 serving in both engineering and operations. Mr. Christensen worked his way up through the ranks from a section man, trainman, conductor, general yardmaster and then into management where he worked as CP’s Training Specialist. As a training specialist, his responsibility was to develop and deliver safety and regulatory training programs for Operational, Mechanical, Engineering and Management employees. In 2005 Mr. Christensen became the senior rules examiner for the CP and in 2010 he was registered as a hazardous material subject matter expert for the CP where he developed and delivered all railway hazardous materials training along with being a member of the railway’s emergency response group. In 2014, Mr. Christensen began work as a Hazardous Material Inspector with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) responsible for the shippers and railroads operating in the state of Minnesota. During his time with the FRA Mr. Christensen took the state to zero Non-Accidental Releases (NAR) two consecutive years in a row. In 2020, Mr. Christensen joined the Northern Plains Rail Companies as Manager of Training Services and has taken his 30 years of experience to develop and deliver hazardous materials and rail safety training programs for customers in the rail industry.

Georgy Eliseev

Georgy has more than 20 years' experience in market analysis and strategy. Dubai-based Georgy joined from Uralchem, where he was Head of Market Analytics, having previously worked at United Petrochemical Company, Sibur Fertilizers, Evraz Group and Yukos. He has also worked for a number of investment banks. Georgy's extensive industry experience and knowledge of fertilizer and wider chemical markets will be a major asset to Fertecon (part of S&P Global Commodity Insights) as begins to work on our Ammonia portfolio.

Laura Cross

Laura is Director of Market Intelligence at the International Fertilizer Association (IFA). She leads a team of analysts responsible for IFA’s statistics programs, market analysis products, and educating the market and adjacent sectors on fertilizer market drivers. Laura has ten years' experience analysing and forecasting fertilizer markets, and joined IFA in March 2021 from CRU Group where she was Head of Nitrogen Analysis. Laura has a BSc in Physical Geography from King’s College London, UK and is a recent graduate of the Women’s Leadership Development Programme at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

Bill Abetz, Jr.

Bill Abetz, Jr. has been in the “green industry” for more than 30 years, working on all sides of the business. His success as a Territory Sales and Product Development Manager is rooted in his hands on experience, formally working as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent and Nursery Operations Manager. With over 25 years in Chemical & Fertilizer Sales and Product Development, he has introduced many new products and product categories with the goal of improving plant health and reducing environmental impact, while driving down overall cost. His passion for math and science is evident as he presents science-based concepts and solutions in a clear, easy to understand style. He speaks regularly at landscape and nursery association meetings. He can be reached at [email protected] 

Fiona Boyd

Fiona Boyd is Director of Acuity Commodities. She has covered the global sulphur and sulphuric acid markets since 2008 with a specialized focus on the North American market. Her expertise was developed under the mentorship of her father, Dr. Robert Boyd. She has conducted numerous consultancy projects and regularly presents to clients and at industry events. In addition, Fiona played a key role in the development of several industry publications including weekly reports on the domestic and global markets as well as market outlook reports.

Prior to joining the sulphur/sulphuric acid industry, Fiona was a consultant and market analyst in the real estate sector. Her primary focus was conducting feasibility studies for hotel development and residential land acquisition deals. Fiona earned a bachelor of science from the University of Houston, where she graduated with honors.

Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne is a managing director in BofA’s Americas Equity Research covering Chemicals and Agriculture subsectors, and previously, Pharmaceutical Biotech stocks. From 1990-2000, Byrne worked in the chemical industry as a consulting engineer for a variety of chemical companies, and primarily for Cytec. Byrne has a bachelor's degree in biology, a master's degree in botany, a PhD in chemical engineering from Rutgers, an MBA from Columbia, and he is a CFA charterholder.

Crystal Carpenter

Crystal Carpenter is currently a market analysis manager with The Mosaic Company covering fertilizer, agriculture, and macroeconomic markets.  Mosaic is a key global producer of phosphates and potash, and as such, a significant portion of her focus centers around analyzing the market dynamics of these macronutrients.  After obtaining her master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, Crystal served as a VP of agribusiness consulting at Informa Economics (now S&P Global), where she provided analytic and strategic insight for businesses across a vast array of agriculture and bioenergy sectors for over 10 years.  Following her time at Informa, she broadened her agricultural market portfolio by diving deeper into specialty crop markets (primarily covering fruits, nuts, and vegetables) as a market analyst within CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division.

Jim Schwartz

Jim joined OCI in 2022 and is the Director of U.S. Government & Public Affairs and Sustainability.  In his role, he oversees public affairs engagement with elected officials and the local, state and Federal levels, and implements the company’s overall sustainability efforts across its U.S. businesses.  He previously worked in the upstream and midstream energy industry in public affairs and sustainability roles for BP, Equinor, Southwestern Energy and Kinetik Midstream.  In addition, he worked in similar roles in healthcare and consumer products industries for leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, Abbott Labs and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness-communications from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Xavier University, and holds graduate credentials from the University of Chicago and Rice University.  He also is completing testing requirements for a CPA license.

Tim Rens

Tim Rens is the chief financial officer for Monolith Materials, Inc. He has spent nearly 30 years in various accounting, financial and leadership positions associated with the downstream processing of raw materials including mined minerals, natural gas and crude oil. He has extensive experience in the areas of leadership within private equity owned business, organizational startup, partnership structures, debt and equity capital transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. He has focused primarily on startup opportunities for the last two decades having been in a leadership role with five startup companies since 1995. 

Prior to joining Monolith, Rens held CFO positions at Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, Executive AirShare Corporation, and CVR Energy, Inc., respectively. Before joining CVR Energy, Inc., he was a consultant to Pegasus Capital Investors. From November 1995 to January 2002, Rens was the controller and chief financial officer of Farmland MissChem Limited and Farmland Hydro L.P., respectively. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from University of Central Missouri. 

Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones joined Pivot Bio in May 2021 as Market Insights & Business Development Manager. Prior to joining Pivot Bio, Jones spent over 10 years with Corteva and the heritage Pioneer organization, holding roles across Biotech Affairs & Regulatory, Technology Transfer & Licensing, and External Affairs. Jones earned his BA in Biology from Central College in Pella, IA, and his MBA from the University of Iowa in Des Moines, IA

Steve Mathews

Steve Matthews is the Senior Vice President (SVP), Financial Services at Gro Intelligence. Before joining Gro in 2017, Steve worked as a portfolio manager and the head of commodities research at Tudor Investment Corporation. During his tenure there, he developed extensive commodities analysis software and conducted practical study of agriculture, energy, and metals. He is a crop scout with the Pro Farmer Crop Tour each summer, and taught agricultural hedging at the University of Memphis for 15 years. Prior to finance, Steve commanded a tank company in the U.S. Army. Steve holds a B.S. in Operations Research from USMA (West Point) and an M.B.A. in Statistics from the Stern School of Business at NYU. He’s currently almost done with an M.S. degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University. He’s also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Larry Unruh

Dr. Larry Unruh is the Technical Director at American Plant Food Corporation. He is responsible for Soil Fertility Recommendations at APF’s 10 Fertilizer Blending Plants in Texas and develops Markets and Uses for Ammonium Sulfate throughout North and South America. He has technical expertise in Analytical Chemistry, Plant Nutrition, Fertilizer, Herbicide Adjuvants, Ruminant Nutrition, Municipal Drinking Water Treatment and Fire Inhibitors- Insulation.

He received his BS and MS in Soil Fertility at Oklahoma State University, 1975-1982, and obtained his Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry at Kansas State University while Managing the Kansas State Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory, from 1982-1988. Prior to his role at American Plant Food Corporation, he was the Texas State Soil Chemist and Director of Texas A&M Soil, Water and Forage Laboratory from 1988 to 1996, and Lab Director for Soil Analytical Services in College Station, TX, 1996-98. Larry grew up in Guymon Oklahoma, Oklahoma Panhandle and resides in Bryan/College Station.

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