Annual Waterways Symposium

Nov 12, 2020 Our first virtual Symposium

2020 Waterways Symposium - November 12

Our 17th annual Waterways Symposium will be held virtually this year on November 12.


(preceded by WCI's Board of Directors meeting on November 10 - all WCI members in good standing are welcome to attend the Board meeting.  Registration is available through the link to the November 12 Symposium registration) 


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2020 Keynote Speaker: Jim Wiesemeyer, ProFarmer



From his office near Washington, DC, Jim Wiesemeyer contributes daily to Pro Farmer’s online website at, providing members with the latest information on agricultural policy and trade developments. He also is a participant in Farm Journal’s Agri-Talk radio program, has his weekly Farm Journal podcast each Friday called Signal to Noise, and serves as a Washington analyst for Pro Farmer and Farm Journal.


Since 1978, Mr. Wiesemeyer has frequently reported on and interviewed senior government officials, including presidents, as well as USDA Secretaries since Earl Butz. He has traveled extensively in his assignments and is a frequent speaker on farm policy and trade issues. Wiesemeyer rejoined Pro Farmer in June of 2017, after serving as their Washington consultant for 19 years while at Informa Economics, and before that an employee of Pro Farmer, then owned by Oster Communications. Mr. Wiesemeyer also is one of the writers for the Agriculture Letter, formerly the Kiplinger Ag Letter, now owned by Farm Journal Media


2020 Virtual Waterways Symposium - Thursday, November 12


9:00 a.m. (Eastern)/8:00 a.m. Central  Opening/welcome remarks by WCI Chairman of the Board


9:15 a.m. Eastern/8:15 a.m. Central  Address by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’  Chief of Engineers LG Scott Spellmon 


10:00 a.m. Eastern/9:00 a.m. Central  Message by Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette (invited) 


10:30 a.m. Eastern/9:30 a.m. Central Panel with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, moderated by Jeff Webb, President, Cargo Carriers/Cargill, Inc.  

  • Lessons learned on the closure of the Illinois Waterway 2020 by Tom Heinold, Project Manager, Rock Island District 
  • Review of the Capital Investment Strategy 2020 by Tom Smith, Chief of Operations and Regulatory Division  
  • Dredging through 2020 and beyond by Eddie Belk, SES, Programs Director, Mississippi Valley Division

11:30 a.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Central  Keynote Speech, “Macro-Economic View of World Trade and Politics 2020” by Jim Wiesemeyer 


12:30 p.m. Eastern/11:30 a.m. Central  Closing Remarks by Tracy Zea, WCI President/CEO 


12:45 p.m. Eastern/11:45 a.m. Central   Adjourn  



Questions?  Please contact Medina Moran, 202-765-2115 or


Registration Now Open

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Join WCI and The Waterways Journal November 12 at the preeminent conference addressing inland waterways issues - held virtually this year to respond to COVID-19 concerns.  




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