DATES for 2021 OIT

Tuesday, September 28th 

Wednesday, September 29th

NIOP Member Registration Fee for the In Person Event: $200 per member

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 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).


Hotel Location: Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop


Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop

11 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60603

Make reservations by using this link: Book your group rate for NIOP Attendees Training

NIOP Room Rate: $249* plus tax.

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

Questions: contact the NIOP Staff:

CLASS LOCATION (planned for September 2021)

Refinitiv/Thomson Reuters Conference Center

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

Questions: contact the NIOP Staff:




On the evening of Tuesday, September 28, a networking dinner will be provided for attendees and speakers.  There is no additional cost to attend the dinner, only that you RSVP at least two weeks prior to 9/28.



Register in the Member Center of the website.

Questions?? Contact  She’ll take care of you!

NIOP’s 2020 Introduction to the Oilseed Industry Training Course offered Virtually

The NIOP’s Education Committee produced a virtual OIT in October.  The class sold out with 25 attendees.  Thank you to the following companies for sharing the OIT with their teams.


Ag Processing

Agri Trading

Agrimin Control International Pte. Ltd.


Bridgewell Agribusiness LLC


Cargill Inc.

Clasen Quality Chocolate

CMC Foods, Inc.

Foresta Foods, Inc.

Fuji Vegetable Oil, Inc.

Stone X Group

PYCO Industries, Inc.

Renewable Energy Group (REG)

Stratas Foods, LLC

Virtex Grain Exchange Ltd.


The Education Committee and instructors made a special effort to preserve the “live-event” feel of OIT.  While everyone missed being in person, the feedback after the event was very positive.


In fact, here’s what Jose Roberto Montenegro, President of the Tropical Oil Division of AgroAmerica, had to say:

The NIOP’s 2020 Introduction to the Oilseed Industry Training was well set up, despite being virtual due to the current circumstances. It was complete, straightforward to understand and the level of knowledge of the presenters was very high.  


I highly recommend it to anyone in the industry, especially to my colleagues from Latin America, who are waiting for upskilling in this work area and easily understand the US’s oilseed industry.

Thank you 2020 OIT SPEAKERS

Dennis Strayer, retired from Bunge

Courtney Lawrenson from Ag Processing, Inc.

Brian Shultz from MPB Commodities Brokerage Inc.

Will Swanson from Cargill, Inc.

Derrick Augspurger from Bunge

Dave Tillman from Stratas Foods, Inc.