In 2023 — OIT Back in Person

May 9th and May 10th

Chicago, IL


The National Institute of Oilseed Products (NIOP) is pleased to offer the Introduction to the Oilseed Industry Training annually. This course is designed for NIOP members as a way to gain comprehensive knowledge of the industry’s key players, rules, and resources while building valuable relationships within the industry.


Please note that registration is limited to three attendees per member company per day, and course registration fees will be waived for new NIOP member companies’ attendees. If a company registers more than 3 per day, the additional names will be placed on a waiting list. The additional attendees (over the 3 per company per day) will be notified immediately. Thirty days prior to the event a final decision will be made about allowing more than 3 per company.


The registration fee of $250 covers all course materials, a light breakfast, lunch and Tuesday night’s dinner  as well as a complimentary copy of the NIOP Trading Rules (normally $60).

Registration is only open to NIOP members and their employees.


Topics include Fats and Oils Industry Overview, Market Overview, Liquid Oil Transportation, Processing 101, Biodiesel 101 and Industry and Consumer Trends.  These topics are presented by top industry professionals.  2022 Presenters include Will Swanson from Cargill, Inc., Derrick Augspurger from Bunge, Brian Shultz from MPB Commodities Brokerage Inc., Dennis Strayer retired from Bunge, Courtney Lawrenson from Ag Processing, Inc., and Jonathan Gilbert from Stratas Foods, LLC.


2023 Introduction to the Oilseed Industry Training (OIT)
Draft Agenda and Topics

Introduction to the Oilseed Industry Training


for Both May 9th Class* and May 10th Class*


7:30 – 8:00 am            Check In and Breakfast – provided by NIOP


8:00  – 8:15 am            Welcome, Introduction of Presenters and Attendees (Will Swanson)


8:15 – 9:15 am            Fats and Oils Industry Overview (Derrick Augspurger)


9:15 – 10:00 am          Market Overview (Will Swanson)


10:00 – 10:15 am        Break


10:15 – 11:00 am        Liquid Oil Transportation (Brian Shultz)


11:00 – 11:30 am        Refinitiv Presentation (Zach Cordes)


11:30 -12:15 pm         On-Site Lunch – provided by NIOP


12:15 – 1:15 pm          Processing 101 (Dennis Strayer)


1:15 – 2:15 pm            Biodiesel 101 (Courtney Lawrenson)


2:15 – 2:30 pm            Break


2:30 – 3:15 pm            Industry and Consumer Trends (Jonathan Gilbert/David Tillman)


3:15 – 4 pm                 Q&A and Closing Remarks (Will Swanson)



*Please attend the class on the date that you are registered for.  Seats and food have been accounted for each day accordingly.


Monday, May 8th Presenters (only) Dinner.


Tuesday, May 9th    7:30 – 8 am refreshments and check in; course runs from 8 am until 4 pm 


Tuesday Evening — Attendee Dinner (attendees invited and welcomed from both classes); RSVP required


Wednesday, May 10th.  7:30 – 8 am refreshments and check in; course runs from 8 am until 4 pm 




Hotel Location: Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop.  

11 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60603



NIOP Room Rate: $249* plus tax.

Book your group rate for NIOP OIT 2023

*The Residence Inn provides a complimentary breakfast to their guests each morning of their stay.

Questions: contact the NIOP Staff:


CLASS LOCATION  (planned for May 2023)

311 S. Wacker Conference Center with host Refinitiv

311 S. Wacker Dr. #1200, Chicago, IL

The name on the building is 311 S. Wacker.   There is a plaque at the entrance on Wacker that reads 311 S. Wacker.

Building Entrances:

-On Wacker Drive

-Corner of Jackson & Franklin

-Corner of Van Buren & Franklin

Conference Center location: When you enter the building head toward the center of the lobby.  Then take the escalator up to the 2nd level and the Conference Center will be on your right.



For those of you staying at the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown Loop, the hotel does not have a shuttle to/from the airport. The hotel recommends either a taxi/uber or using the train system (the blue line from O’Hare and the orange line from Midway) to get to the hotel.



Taureaux Tavern, 155 W. Van Buren with drinks at 6 pm & dinner at 6:30 pm

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You did a GREAT job organizing and implementing the Intro to Oilseed NIOP training this week. Excellent speakers, content, and adaptability (online at the last minute). I spoke with those on my team who were able to participate and all said it was definitely worth their time.

Thanks for taking the time to make it such a great program!

Todd Curtis, Cargill, INc.