Guest Program

Spouse/Guest Registration Includes

  • Admittance and drink tickets to the Welcome Reception
  • Admittance to both Breakfast sessions
  • Optional tour, just for Guests (additional fee)
  • Admittance to EMDA’s Industry Showcase
  • Attendance at any of our sessions

Below is a brief schedule of events for guests. While we have highlighted events that we believe will interest those who register as a Spouse/Guest, you are welcome to attend any of our sessions or meetings, as long as space permits.

Tuesday, November 5th

Registration desk – The registration desk opens at 7:00 am each day. In addition to picking up name badges, the registration desk is a great spot to meet other attendees, visit staff, and get answers to any questions you may have.

Welcome Reception – The Welcome Reception is from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, and is a great place to meet fellow attendees, catch up on old times and meet new colleagues. There is no formal program for this event, so feel free to stop in as your plans permit. Many guests will still be arriving, therefore travel casual attire is fine.

Wednesday, November 6th

Joint Industry Breakfast and Opening Session – This session is from 8:00 to 9:30 am and is designed to kick off the convention. The special guest speaker will be a representative from the National Corn Growers Association. They will open the convention with an assessment of the state of the industry as it relates to trade, commodities, and policy, and offer well-informed speculation of what’s ahead for agriculture. This is our largest event and fills quickly, plan on arriving early for the best seating.

Spouse/Guest Tour – Guests have the option to sign up for a tour on Wednesday of Forest Park and the Missouri History Museum. See below for more information. (Additional fee)

EMDA’s Partners Party – This event is by invitation only from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Thursday, November 7th

Joint Industry Breakfast Buffet – There will be no speaker at this session, so enjoy a leisurely morning at this breakfast buffet from 7:00 to 9:00 am.

Spouse/Guest Tour – Guests have the option to sign up for a tour on Thursday of the St. Louis Zoo. See below for more information. (Additional fee)

EMDA’s Industry Showcase – Take a stroll through this event where attendees learn about products and services from manufacturers and suppliers. The showcase will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Joint Reception – A celebration of a great meeting completed. A perfect time to have a last minute visit with attendees of both our Association and EMDA. The reception will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.


Wednesday Guest Tour – Forest Park/Missouri History Museum Tour

Registration fee: $75

Start your day with a beautiful driving overview of Forest Park. Your tour guide will highlight the history of “Meet Me in St. Louis” at Forest Park – the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and one of the largest city parks in the United States. Today, Forest Park is home to the world-renowned Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center and the Muny, the largest outdoor theater in the country, among other attractions.

Enjoy a visit to the Missouri History Museum at the Jefferson Memorial. You will be taken on a docent-led tour of the “Pulitzer Prize Photographs”.

Pulitzer Prize Photographs: With the click of a button, photographers record the defining moments of our world and our time. The ugliness of war. The pain of poverty. The ecstasy of victory. The triumph of redemption. This traveling exhibit features the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize–winning photographs ever assembled. The images represent every Pulitzer Prize photography winner since 1942, when the award was first presented. The awards were named for 19th-century newspaper editor and publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who made a major impact in St. Louis and established the prizes in his will.

You will then head over to Gamlin Whiskey House in the Central West End for lunch.

Thursday Guest Tour – St. Louis Zoo Tour

Registration fee: $75

Take a walk on the wild side with a tour of the world-famous Saint Louis Zoo.

Our knowledgeable Tour Guide will lead the group on a short walking tour of the zoo. While on our way to the tour destination, we will discuss some of our zoo history, fun facts, new exhibits and more. Upon arrival at our tour area, you will have the opportunity to speak with the animal care staff one on one, learn about the animals, as well as conservation initiatives and the Zoo’s mission.

Following the zoo experience, dine at TBD.

Only 10 spots are available on this tour, so be sure to sign up for the tour when you register.