Agriculture transportation conference to return to Great Lakes

Published On: January 9, 2024Categories: 2024 Event News

Early bird registration for Transportation Go! ends Jan. 31

Transportation Go! will dock at the Great Lakes March 13-14 to tackle key issues and explore opportunities for agricultural transportation. The third-annual conference, hosted by the Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance, will be held March 13-14 at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel in Toledo, Ohio.

Transportation Go! is the premier conference for agricultural transportation and trade in the Midwest. Together and through a robust agenda featuring high-level speakers, attendees will discuss challenges and opportunities for agricultural freight moved on intermodal, rail and ocean lanes.

Representatives from the Federal Maritime Commission, Surface Transportation board and U.S. Department of Transportation have been invited to participate on a panel discussion about finding solutions from rail to sea.

After a successful event in Omaha, Nebraska, in March 2023, Transportation Go! is making its much-anticipated return to the Great Lakes area. Transportation Go! was held in Milwaukee in 2022, following the inaugural event, known then as the Northern Commodity Transportation Conference, that took place in 2020 in Minnesota.

“Having attended the 2022 conference in Milwaukee, it is fitting that the conference returns to the Great Lakes, in the port city of Toledo, where transportation, manufacturing and agriculture converge in support of our regional and national economies,” said Joseph Cappel, Vice President of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “Attendees should come prepared to learn and explore as they experience a revitalized Toledo offering fantastic dining and entertainment throughout the city that will surely make for a unique and enjoyable visit.”

Registration is now open at The early bird registration rate of $375 is available through Jan. 31. Airline flight connections are recommended through Detroit (DTW).

SSGA’s annual meeting will be held in the same location on March 12. The annual meeting will reflect on the successes from the past year and look ahead to the future. Board of Directors elections will be held, and the annual SSGA Alliance Honors will be presented at the meeting. The annual meeting is free for members, but pre-registration is requested. Non-members can register for $55.

Several organizations, including the Ohio Soybean Council, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council, Illinois Soybean Association, South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Port of Toledo, U.S. Identity Preserved and Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation have already committed to sponsoring the event. SSGA is also grateful to Destination Toledo for its enthusiasm for and assistance in hosting Transportation Go!

Sponsorship information is available at