Illinois Grain and Feed Association

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GFAI Export Tour

April 3 - April 6










The Mississippi River is a vital connection for moving the abundance of grain produced in Illinois and the rest of the Midwest to destinations throughout the world. Join the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois on this tour to get a first-hand look at the systems and logistics necessary to unload barges and load ocean-going vessels in the largest port in North America – The Port of South Louisiana. The import business is also big business! Included is a tour of the Port of New Orleans where you will learn more and see the extensive variety of products arriving for you and other American consumers. No tour to the New Orleans area would be complete without a dinner in the classic French Quarter as well as a visit to the World War II Museum. We hope you can join us on this one of a kind tour focusing on our industry.

Tour size is limited, so register early!

Cost To Register is $345 and includes motor coach, lunch on Thursday and Friday, Dinner on Thursday, admission to the WWII Museum and Beyond All Boundaries – a 4D Cinematic Experience.

Hotel, airfare and transportation to and from the airport is not included.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Coordinated evening meet-up (tentative).

Thursday,  April 4 , 2019
All Day Excursion via Motor Coach – Tour the Port of South Louisiana, which moves more tonnage than any other North American port and is the largest port in the United States by total trade (nearly 240 million short tons!). The group will also explore CGB, a Zen-Noh Grain Corp. facility, to learn about the barge, marine and logistics business in the area. That evening, get a taste of New Orleans cooking with a group dinner in the French Quarter!

Friday, April 5, 2019
Via motor coach, participants will tour the Port of New Orleans, a deep-draft multipurpose port at the center of the world’s busiest port system – Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi River. This tour will be done around noon. In the afternoon, participants will be transported to the World War II Museum, which is the top rated tourist destination in New Orleans and is within walking distance of the hotel.

Hotel Accommodations:
$230/night at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans.

Rate is valid up to 3 days pre and post event but you must call the hotel to extend your stay beyond April 3-6.  (504) 581-1000                


April 3
April 6




Mariott New Orleans
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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