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2021 Live from Nashville AFOA Annual Meeting Agenda

Click here to see the 2021 Annual Meeting Agenda in brochure format.

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Wednesday, October 13th Speakers

 Tore Alden, Fastmarkets/The Jacobsen

AFOA 2021 Live from Nashville — Wednesday, October 13 Rendered Animal Protein speaker:  Tore Alden, Principal Analyst, Fastmarkets The Jacobsen.

Tore’s topic: The Impact of the Expansion of Renewable Fuel Capacity on Protein Meal and Feed Grain Markets

The expansion of renewable diesel capacity in the United States will substantially impact decision-making for crushers and farmers. Crushers are crushing for oil for the first time, which has significant implications for protein meal prices. It will also influence farmer’s planting decisions and feed grain prices. Ultimately, protein meal and feed grain markets will reach equilibrium, but volatility will remain well above historical levels until they do.

Plan now to be a part of this timely discussion.  Tore’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 13, one of two speakers, during the Rendered Animal Proteins discussion set for 8:30 am – 9:30 am.


   Speaker:  Walter Lanza, The Scoular Company

Topic: The Impact of the Container Shortage and Record Shipping Rates in the Industry

The shipping containers are the building block of global trade. Due to disruptions in the past year, supply chains all over the globe were affected. As a result, tight capacity on shipping lines brought record rates.  How did the market change in the last year and what should we expect for the upcoming year.

Walter’s presentation will be a part of the Rendered Animal Proteins Discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

  Speaker:  Ryan Standard, Fastmarkets

Plan to attend Session 2 the Rendered Animal Fats Discussion on The New Frontier: How Decarbonization is Reshaping the Animal Fats Trade.  The session is from 9:45–10:45 am.

AFOA 2021 Live from Nashville — Wednesday, October 13 Vegetable Oil Discussion speaker:  Mark Borrett, Partner at the LaSalle Group, of RCG a division of Marex North America.

Mark’s presentation topic is “Food and Fuel”, reshaping the world trade for food and feed stocks in the fats and oils market.  A look at the current market place, and a forward view for the coming year in the veg oil trade.

Plan now to be a part of this timely discussion.  Mark’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 11 am until Noon.


  Jim Wiesemeyer

AFOA 2021 Live from Nashville — Wednesday, October 13 luncheon keynote speaker announced.

Pro Farmer Washington Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer separates the news from the noise in Washington, distilling the news in agriculture down to the developments that will impact the farm and the community and the commodities.

Thursday, October 14th Speakers/Entertainer




The first session on Thurday, Oct. 14th at the AFOA Annual meeting will be the Biofuels Discussion beginning at 10 a.m.

The speaker will be Zander Capozzola, Lead Deputy Editor, US Refined Products at Argus Media.

                    Topic:  Renewables in the Transportation Sector   

Government mandates and incentive programs are calling for increased use of renewable fuels globally which have refiners and producers re-prioritizing refinery utilization.  How is this currently affecting demand for feedstocks, biodiesel and renewable diesel production and what key factors are incentivizing this demand?

Mark your calendars now for this session; it’s always a popular one.



   Roger Adams

Roger Adams is an award winning country music singer and songwriter.  His music and his style have been influenced by some of the greatest traditional country artist of all time.  In the early years, Roy Clark and Glen Campbell helped start his path.  As time went on, he learned how to develop his own path of writing and performing.   With a captivating voice and the ability to tell a story with his music, he has now become a very well respected Nashville recording artist.

His music and songwriting has been recognized by some of the most prestigious groups in country music. His album “Rise up from the ashes” has produced a number of award winning songs and is up for album of the year in the Josie Music awards. Roger will be performing during AFOA’s Gala Reception on Thursday evening, October 14.  Don’t miss an opportunity to hear him perform.



Specific and planned networking time will be included within the AFOA 2021 Annual Meeting Schedule.  A draft schedule should be available by mid-July but in the meantime, you can plan and set up your own networking meetings and activities after 2:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 13 and between 8:30 -10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and after 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.