CGFA 100th Annual Convention

April 23-26, 2024—Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point, CA

Tuesday, April 23rd


Registration & Hospitality

Registration: The registration and hospitality area will be open for members to stop by and mingle with staff and other members.


Private Wine Tasting Cruise Aboard a Catamaran in Dana Point

Attendees will be welcomed aboard the brand new luxurious catamaran for a 2 hour private cruise for an intimate, unforgettable experience. Four wine tastings from The Organic Cellar — a winery that infuses great tastes, health, and fine living. This includes four, two ounce tastes of wine from The Organic Cellar, Cheese, cracker, fruit and nut platter and wine host. A spectacular view of Dana Point Harbor. All of the wine tastings are provided by The Organic Cellar. The 63 ft Ocean Adventure is an eco-friendly, stateof- the-art catamaran, and is fully equipped with an easy-access delistyle galley and full-service bar. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lights of beautiful and charming Dana Point Harbor. This includes four, two ounce  tastes of wine from The Organic Cellar, Cheese, cracker, fruit and nut platter and wine host.


CGFA Welcome Reception

Join us as we kick-off this year’s convention with our traditional welcome reception. It is a chance to meet and greet everyone who is attending the convention this year with breathtaking views of Dana Point from lawn at the Marriott.

Wednesday, April 24th


Registration & Hospitality

Registration: The registration and hospitality area will be open for members to stop by and mingle with staff and other members.


Past Presidents’ Breakfast Meeting (past presidents only)

A private breakfast of the Past Presidents’ Council. CGFA Past Presidents meet to visit with long-time friends and talk about issues impacting today’s grain & feed industry.


Business Session

Nano-Yield Technology
by: Clark Bell, Aqua-Yield.

Founded in 2014, the Nano-Yield™ company is a pioneering force in the world of nanotechnology, dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible at the nanoscale. As a leading innovator in the field, Nano-Yield leverages cutting-edge research and groundbreaking nano solutions to create a profound impact in the agriculture and turf industries. With a commitment to precision, quality, and sustainable advancements, Nano-Yield strives to bring their patented nanotechnology to growers worldwide.

Policy, Politics and What To Expect from Washington
by: John Savercool, UBS Financial
John Savercool serves as Senior Lobbyist and Managing Director of UBS Americas Inc., which covers all of the primary business units within UBS, including the Investment Bank, Wealth Management and Global Asset Management. In this capacity, John directs the firm’s lobbying, political, and policy advocacy efforts at the federal level.

Regenerative Agriculture
by: Dr. Cynthia Daley, Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems; Rawlins Endowed Professor for Environmental Literacy; Organic Dairy Program Supervisor; Professor College of Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture (RA) practices are those that have the potential to move landscapes in the direction of increased functionality by adhering to one or more of the principles of soil health, along with enhancing the synergies of ecosystem processes. Often a single practice can address multiple principles and processes. Suites of practices can have increased effectiveness and be part of a management system to provide ecological, economic, and cultural benefits to a farm or ranch operation.

CGFA Annual Meeting & Activity Reports: Get a 2023-2024 update on your partnership with CGFA from President Dan Mezger, Farmers Grain Elevator, a legislative update by Dennis Albiani and a review of the activities of this past year from Chief Executive Officer Chris Zanobini.


Spouse Program: Scavenger Hunt on Surrey Bicycles along Doheny Beach

Enjoy the beautiful views on this Surrey scavenger hunt bike ride along Doheny State Beach. Did you know Doheny State Beach is California’s first state beach? The beach and its surrounding areas are chock-full of California history. After taking off from the starting point at Doheny State Beach, you’ll come across the San Juan Estuary, where the mouth of the San Juan Creek meets the Pacific Ocean.


Group Luncheon and Awards: Keynote Speaker

The group luncheon features CGFA awards and recognition of retiring board members, presentations, the introduction of the new CGFA President and board members. During our luncheon we will be celebrating and honoring some of CGFA’s distinguished past presidents. They are a big part of our 100th celebration.  The luncheon will conclude with this year’s keynote speaker, Jeremy Poincenot. Jeremy is an Inspirational Speaker traveling the world, sharing his story to inspire audiences to take control of life and turn trauma into triumph. Jeremy is not your ordinary motivational speaker. With a powerful personal narrative, a little wit and a strong inspirational message, he has made it his mission to help his audiences rise up to their biggest obstacles and see them as opportunities. He thought the game of golf he loved was over when he was diagnosed with a rare disease but with hard work, dedication and the support of family and friends, he quickly learned that his golfing career had just begun.


Industry Social Event with ocean view on the Vue Lawn at the Hotel

Personal relationships are essential to keeping business running smoothly. At this year’s Industry Social Event join the camaraderie of the CGFA membership and friends in the industry as you stroll around and enjoy the spectacular views, food and drinks on the Vue Lawn. We have created a fun, casual and inclusive event for all to enjoy.

Thursday, April 25th


Registration & Hospitality

Registration: The registration and hospitality area will be open for
members to stop by and mingle with staff and other members.


Golf Tournament at Monarch Beach Golf Links with Lunch

(check-in 8:00 am / shotgun start at 8:30 am / limited to first 72 players)
The annual golf tournament will be held at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. Few California golf resort experiences can match the blend of stunning natural beauty and the variety of challenges presented at Monarch Beach Golf Links. Here, along the dramatic bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, master golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., has fashioned a one-of-a-kind golf course design – challenging and fair, with views of surf breaks on every hole. Monarch Beach Golf Links is an intriguing Orange County, CA, layout – one of only a handful of oceanfront golf courses throughout California. Registration begins at 8:00 am followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 am and will be limited to the first 72 players to register.


Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

See whales, dolphins, other sea life, and breathtaking coastal views during your private and unique experience at Dana Point. Your captain and marine life expert is your personal narrator during your two-hour adventure! Just walking distance from the hotel join Dana Point’s first whale watching company and delight in the exciting sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures at Dana Wharf. Known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf’s whale and dolphin watching adventures offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife and gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget.


Mission San Juan Capistrano Tour, Site Seeing and Lunch

The tour picks you up at the Marriott and takes you downtown San Juan Capistrano where the group will have time to stroll around the shops and sites and then enjoy a delicious luncheon at a local favorite restaurant.  Then it’s off to the Mission San Juan Capistrano for a VIP guided tour of the beautiful grounds at the Mission. Explore the wine vat, visit the private Sacristy of the Ruins, and touch the historic Mission bells! Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano is the “Jewel of the California Missions”.


Group Reception and Silent Auction

Join the familiarity of the CGFA convention attendees you have interacted with during the convention as you stroll around this no-host reception. This is a great chance to meet new friends or spark a new business opportunity and relationship. Bid on some fabulous items in the silent auction — sports tickets, wine, trips, baskets and other surprises!


The 100th Anniversary Gala - President’s Dinner & Entertainment

For 100 years, the California Grain & Feed Association has been the power, thought and voice of our industry. Please join us as we honor the past, celebrate the present and feed the future at the Centennial Gala. This elegant and memorable event includes a reception, formal dinner and special presentations. Then dance the night away to a unique band performing tunes from the 1940s to today. You won’t want to miss it!

Friday, April 26th


Pickleball Tournament and Farewell Continental Breakfast

Challenge yourself this year and join us Friday morning for the CGFA Pickleball Tournament! Join us this final morning of the convention for continental breakfast and refreshments along with prizes for the winners.

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