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USSEC Hosts U.S. Food-Bean Buyers Conference Targeting Korean Soy Food Processing Industry

Monday, April 25, 2016
Category General News North Asia Soy Foods 
USB director Mark Caspers presents “U.S. Soy Supply – Assuring Sustainability and Quality IP Food Beans” to the audience USSEC hosted the 2016 U.S. Food-Bean Buyers…
USB director Mark Caspers presents “U.S. Soy Supply – Assuring Sustainability and Quality IP Food Beans” to the audience

USB director Mark Caspers presents “U.S. Soy Supply – Assuring Sustainability and Quality IP Food Beans” to the audience

USSEC hosted the 2016 U.S. Food-Bean Buyers Conference and Tabletop Trade Show on April 7 in Seoul, South Korea. The objective of the conference was to support U.S. food-bean exporters and Korean food-bean end-users / importers to take full advantage of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. The conference was attended by 38 purchasing staff and 3 top executives from Korea’s soyfood processing industry; 10 USSEC member companies (Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Inc.; CHS, Inc.; Clarkson Grain Co., Inc.; The DeLong Co., Ltd.; Global Processing Inc.; Natural Products, Inc.; SB&B Foods, Inc.; Soyko International, Inc.; and SunOpta, Inc.); United Soybean Board (USB) director Mark Caspers; USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke; and USSEC Marketing Director – Human Nutrition/Oil Marypat Corbett.

Mr. Caspers gave a presentation, “U.S. Soy Supply – Assuring Sustainability and Quality IP Food Beans” at the conference. Other conference topics included the U.S. inland grain logistics; U.S. food grade soybean acreage insights; sustainable U.S. Soy; and Korea’s Special Act on Imported Food Safety. At the tabletop trade show, U.S. food-bean exporters displayed their food-bean samples on the tables and had individual meetings with Korean food-bean importers. Following the conference, 15 U.S. participants visited tofu plants at Dongwha Food Co., Ltd. and Busan port, which is the destination port for non-GM food-soybean import via container.

Mr. Caspers, exporters and USSEC staff look at IP food-soybeans imported from the U.S. via containers at Busan port

Mr. Caspers, exporters and USSEC staff look at IP food-soybeans imported from the U.S. via containers at Busan port

Mr. Caspers, exporters and USSEC staff pose after the 2016 U.S. Food-Bean Buyers Conference

Mr. Caspers, exporters, and USSEC staff pose after the 2016 U.S. Food-Bean Buyers Conference

U.S. exporters and their Korean representatives talk with Korean food-bean importers during the tabletop trade show.

U.S. exporters and their Korean representatives talk with Korean food-bean importers during the tabletop trade show

Audience listens to the presentation on U.S. inland grain logistics

Audience listens to the presentation on U.S. inland grain logistics

USSEC China’s Aquaculture Program Promotes Biofloc Shrimp Farming for Greater U.S. Soy Consumption

Monday, April 25, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News North Asia 
In 2013, USSEC shrimp production technology consultant Ken Corpron introduced the concept of Biofloc shrimp culture technology to China. The Biofloc shrimp culture…

In 2013, USSEC shrimp production technology consultant Ken Corpron introduced the concept of Biofloc shrimp culture technology to China. The Biofloc shrimp culture technology uses biological control in water and generates the live microorganism to absorb the shrimp waste from the water.China3

In 2014, during a shrimp farming technical consulting service, Mr. Corpron provided details about Biofloc shrimp farming technology. The participants became very interested in this new method of shrimp production and asked for more information in order to try this new technology.

In October 2015, USSEC China’s aquaculture program organized an aqua study team to the U.S. and visited the RDM shrimp farm in Fowler, Indiana. Team members learned the operation’s techniques and RDM shared its experience. Two participants become “Biofloc pioneers” after returning to China and with technical help from USSEC, these pioneers finalized the operation procedure in the fall of 2015, doing a test run in the winter. Mr. Corpron came to China in March 2016 to visit three shrimp farms that had adopted and were very successful with the Bioflco shrimp culture technology, tripling their actual production.

Biofloc shrimp culture technology uses indoor facilities that provide quality water to the shrimp and increase production capacity significantly. Additionally, the indoor culture saves energy and allows winter shrimp production where traditional outdoor shrimp farming is not possible due to low water. The most important reason for USSEC to promote this technology is to increase the consumption of U.S. Soy as wintertime in China is the time when most U.S. Soy is acquired.

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USSEC Participates in ISGA Mission to China

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Category Biotechnology General News North Asia 
  USSEC participated in the International Soybean Growers Alliance’s (ISGA) mission to Beijing, China from April 10-15. Delegates included participants from…

 

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USSEC participated in the International Soybean Growers Alliance’s (ISGA) mission to Beijing, China from April 10-15.

Delegates included participants from Brazil, Canada and the U.S. U.S. soybean farmers were represented by USSEC chairman Laura Foell, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, American Soybean Association (ASA) chairman Wade Cowan, and United Soybean Board (USB) vice chairman John Motter.

Over the course of the week the delegation learned about China’s economic and political environment, held various meetings with industry partners, and engaged with government officials regarding biotechnology approvals. The Mission concluded with a Soy Fair where representatives from the delegation, Ambassadors from Argentina, Canada, and Uruguay, and Ag Counselors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Uruguay and the U.S. engaged in dialogue with more than 100 Key Opinion Leaders in China. The nature of the event was to talk about agriculture in the respective countries as well as the valuable role biotechnology plays. We are tracking the activity from the Soy Fair and will look forward to sharing the outcomes of the interaction.

China is a very important trading partner, importing over 78 million metric tons (2014/15) with nearly 30 million metric tons coming from the United States.

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USSEC Promotes U.S. Soybeans at 2016 CFARIS in China

Monday, April 4, 2016
Category Animal Utilization General News North Asia 
                      The 2016 China Feed Amino Acids and Feed Raw Material Implication Symposium (CFARIS) was…
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The 2016 China Feed Amino Acids and Feed Raw Material Implication Symposium (CFARIS) was conducted on March 30. USSEC is a sponsor of this activity, which draws over 300 feed industry professionals. The conference provides an excellent audience to convey the U.S. Soy industry’s messages about the superior nutritional value of U.S. soybean meal.

USSEC director and American Soybean Association (ASA) vice president Kevin Scott, a South Dakota soybean producer, participated in the conference. In addition to presenting information on the advantages of U.S. soybean meal, other topics presented to the Chinese feed industry included the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) and the need for the Chinese feed industry to advocate on behalf of the safety of biotechnology in China.

Paul Burke, USSEC Regional Director – North Asia, made a presentation on China – U.S. Soy supply, quality, and opportunity outlook. The four topics in his presentation focused on supply and demand for global soybean and corn; how U.S. soybean products contain more available amino acid than those of other origins; the SSAP; and the advantage of biotechnology.

USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke presents while USSEC China Animal Utilization (AU) program manager Sunny Zhang translates

USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke presents while USSEC China Animal Utilization (AU) program manager Sunny Zhang translates

USSEC director and American Soybean Association (ASA) vice president Kevin Scott and USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke answer participant questions

USSEC Hosts Regional Roundtables in Korea to Differentiate U.S. Soybean Meal

Monday, April 4, 2016
Category Animal Utilization General News North Asia 
To differentiate U.S. soybean meal from competing soybean meals from other origins, USSEC hosted two regional roundtables in Taejon, South Korea on March 24 and 25. The…

To differentiate U.S. soybean meal from competing soybean meals from other origins, USSEC hosted two regional roundtables in Taejon, South Korea on March 24 and 25.

The target audiences included 24 staff employees in charge of research and development, formulation, purchasing and marketing from integrators and feed mills in swine and broiler sectors near Taejon. USSEC provided information on quality-determining factors of soybean meal with a focus on amino acid and energy contents; and amino acid analysis data on soybean meals that were imported into Korea and analyzed by the Korea Feed Association (KFA). KFA’s quality analysis data and other published data indicated that U.S. soybean meal provided more amino acids than other countries’ soybean meals.

A survey given after the roundtables indicated that 96 percent of the participants regarded amino acid as one of the most important quality determining factors of soybean meal and 69 percent of the participants considered amino acid contents at soybean meal purchasing. USSEC will continue to emphasize the intrinsic value of U.S. soybean meal to the integrators and feed mills to differentiate U.S. soybean meal from other origin’s soybean meal.

A USSEC speaker is presenting to industry participants from broiler sector about amino acid content in soybean meals imported into Korea and analyzed by KFA

A USSEC speaker is presenting to industry participants from broiler sector about amino acid content in soybean meals imported into Korea and analyzed by KFA

USSEC staff in discussion with industry participants from the swine sector about the intrinsic value of U.S. soybean meal including amino acid, energy and sustainable supply system

USSEC staff in discussion with industry participants from the swine sector about the intrinsic value of U.S. soybean meal including amino acid, energy and sustainable supply system

USSEC Participates in 21st National Natto Competition in Japan

Monday, February 29, 2016
Category General News North Asia Soy Foods 
The U.S. Soy team and Nebaaru-kun, natto fairy. From left: Mitsuyuki Nishimura, USSEC; Jess Paulson, U.S. Embassy; Nabaaru-kun; Nebaaru-kun and his partner Onii-san;…
The U.S. Soy team and Nebaaru-kun, natto fairy.  From left: Mitsuyuki Nishimura, USSEC; Jess Paulson, U.S. Embassy; Nabaaru-kun; Nebaaru-kun and his partner Onii-san; and Masi Tateishi, USSEC

The U.S. Soy team and Nebaaru-kun, natto fairy. From left: Mitsuyuki Nishimura, USSEC; Jess Paulson, U.S. Embassy; Nabaaru-kun; Nebaaru-kun and his partner Onii-san; and Masi Tateishi, USSEC

USSEC Japan participated in the 21st National Natto Competition held in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas hardest hit by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan. The competition was organized by Japan Natto Cooperative Society Federation to sponsor and demonstrate the commitment of the U.S. Soy industry for the Red River U.S. Award.

USSEC established the U.S. soybean prize category in the National Natto Competition in 2011 in collaboration with the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA). This year, a total of 194 natto products entered the competition, up 72 percent from 2010, a year before the U.S. Soy Industry begun sponsoring the event.

2016 team members included Jess Paulson, Agricultural Attache, U.S. Embassy -Tokyo; USSEC Country Director – Japan Mitsuyuki Nishumura; and Masi Tateishi, USSEC North Asia Regional Human Utilization (HU) Manager & Japan HU Director.

Mr. Paulson provided opening comments at the reception and press meeting in Japanese, including these highlights, “We understand Japanese growers produce high quality soybeans, however, as a result of our trade-partnership we have built with the Japanese natto industry, it’s a great honor for us to have the great relationships we have today and appreciate that the U.S. team can participate in this very important event.”

The 2016 Winner of Red River Valley U.S. Award is Sasanuma Goro Shoten

The 2016 Winner of Red River Valley U.S. Award is Sasanuma Goro Shoten

His speech was followed by Yoshihiro Noro, chairman of Japan Natto Cooperative Society Federation, who gave a welcome greeting. Mr. Noro expressed appreciation to the U.S. Soy Industry for its help with the relief effort for the 2011 Tohoku earthquake & tsunami. “We would like to extend our appreciation when the big earthquake and tsunami hit here in Tohoku in 2011, the U.S. Soybean Export Council reached out a hand of early assistance to the affected areas and it helped us to be able to deliver 79,000 servings of natto made with U.S. Soy to the shelters in Tohoku,” he stated.

Sasanuma Goro Shoten, located in Ibaragi Prefecture, was named winner of the 6th Red River Valley U.S. award. Hiroshi Sasanuma, president of Sasanuma Goro Shoten, said,I am extremely happy to receive this award as I have been wanting this more than anything.”

USSEC and NFGSA will continue to commit to to supply more than 80 percent of Japan’s natto of U.S. Soy to that country’s industry, strengthening U.S. Soy sales and preserving customer loyalty to U.S. soybeans.

Next year’s Natto Competition will be held in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, the oldest city in Japan.

Yoshihiro Noro, chairman of Japan Natto Cooperative Society, judges 24 natto products entered into the U.S. Soy category

Yoshihiro Noro, chairman of Japan Natto Cooperative Society, judges 24 natto products entered into the U.S. Soy category

194 natto products displayed at the National Natto Competition are evaluated by 30 judges

194 natto products displayed at the National Natto Competition are evaluated by 30 judges

USSEC Organizes Roundtable Meeting in Japan

Monday, February 22, 2016
Category General News North Asia Soy Foods 
(From left): Kazufumi Aramoto; Mitsuyuki Nishimura; Akira Saito; Masi Tateishi; David Mille; Jess Paulsen; and Yuichi Hayashi USSEC Japan recently organized a mini…
(From left): Kazufumi Aramoto; Mitsuyuki Nishimura; Akira Saito; Masi Tateishi; David Mille; Jess Paulsen; and Yuichi Hayashi

(From left): Kazufumi Aramoto; Mitsuyuki Nishimura; Akira Saito; Masi Tateishi; David Mille; Jess Paulsen; and Yuichi Hayashi

USSEC Japan recently organized a mini U.S. Soy oil roundtable inviting Japan Oilseed Processors Association (JOPA), Japan Oil & Fat Importers and Exporters Association (JOFIEA), and FAS Tokyo. The meeting included USSEC Country Director – Japan Mitsuyuki Nishimura; USSEC North Asia Regional Human Utilization (HU) Manager & Japan HU Director Masi Tateishi; Akira Saito, executive director of JOPA; Kazugumi Aramoto, secretary general of JOFIEA, David Miller, Agricultural Counselor, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Tokyo; Jess Paulsen, Agricultural Attaché, FAS Tokyo; and Yuichi Hayashi, Agricultural Specialist, FAS Tokyo.

The team discussed recent news from the vegetable oil market and USSEC’s ongoing soy oil activities, as well as recent soybean import. USSEC is pleased to announce that the U.S. soybean exports to Japan, the third largest market for U.S. Soy exports, increased 26.10 percent or 482,621 metric tons (MT) in 2015 from the previous year, while Japan’s total soybean import was up 414,714 MT or 14.70 percent.

According to Japan Trade statistics, the U.S. market share in Japan improved from 65.39 percent to 71.91 percent. This was due to Japanese soybean crush in 2015 increasing to 2,248,240 MT, up 12.9 percent or 256,000 MT, from 2014 because of a better crush margin of soybean than canola. As a result, Japanese soy oil production in 2015 increased to 431,884 MT, up 10.1 percent from 2014.

Increased identity preserved (IP) food grade soybean imports have also contributed to the increase, along with a greater U.S. market share over the last four to five years. Japan’s total IP food grade soybeans import was up 5.9 percent between 2011 and 2014. In 2012, 310,000 MT of U.S. IP food grade soybeans were exported to Japan, giving the U.S. a 43 percent market share. That number rose to 370,000 MT in 2014, giving the U.S. a 48 percent market share. Therefore, U.S. market share rose five percent during the two-year period from 2012 to 2014, and the volume of U.S. IP food grade soybean import increased 19.35 percent or 60,000 MT, and a further increase is estimated for 2015 statistics.

USSEC believes the increase in the U.S. market share is a combination of external environment and its accumulated steady efforts on creating a preference for U.S. Soy by building and maintaining relationships through trade servicing activities, especially the message of the U.S. commitment to remaining a stable, consistent and sustainable supplier, which has permeated and eased Japan’s past trade concerns on the capability of the U.S. to supply commodity soybeans as well as non-GMO IP food grade soybeans to Japan.

USSEC Japan will continue to work on U.S. Soy 0il promotion, which includes collaboration with JOPA to conduct a soy oil seminar as well as an industrial use seminar in FY16.

USSEC’s Moms to China Program Continues To Show Success

Monday, February 15, 2016
Category Biotechnology Event followup General News North Asia 
USSEC continues to mark successes related to its third Moms to China mission, which took place in early December as part of the International Soy Growers Alliance (ISGA).…

USSEC continues to mark successes related to its third Moms to China mission, which took place in early December as part of the International Soy Growers Alliance (ISGA). The goal of the mission was to engage with Chinese key opinion leaders (KOLs) to help build confidence in the safety and importance of biotechnology while highlighting how this technology can enhance sustainable food security.

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 1.11.06 PMThe KOL engagement achieved about 600,000 impressions and an event held at the Guokr Food Lab achieved about 100,000 impressions, which does not account for the impressions generated by non-KOLs who attended the events and shared it among their WeChat friends’ circles.

The Chinese language website, www.soyfarms.com, developed by USSEC, has posted a video of the Guokr event. Although the website is in Chinese, the video is in English with Chinese subtitles.  To watch the video, please click here.

USSEC Hosts Soybean Meal Feed and Swine Nutrition Training Program at IGP Institute for Japanese Industry Professionals

Monday, February 8, 2016
Category Animal Utilization General News North Asia 
USSEC, in collaboration with International Grains Program (IGP) Institute at Kansas State University, hosted participants from Japan for a swine feed and nutrition…

USSEC, in collaboration with International Grains Program (IGP) Institute at Kansas State University, hosted participants from Japan for a swine feed and nutrition course from January 10-15.

Japanese swine nutritionists and feed millers looked to USSEC’s Japan Soybean Meal Feed and Swine Nutrition Training Program for new ways to improve their swine nutrition and feed milling programs. Japan is currently the eighth leading pork producer in the world.

IGPThe course was structured to teach nutritional components and requirements as well as feed manufacturing for swine through lectures, workshops, guest speakers and field trips. 
 Participants were invited and sponsored by USSEC to increase their knowledge in the swine nutrition and feed manufacturing fields. USSEC consultant and course instructor Carlos Campabadal says that the partnership with USSEC is crucial.

“All U.S. grain buyers benefit from our membership with USSEC when they attend these courses because we know what their clients, the buyers, are looking for,” says Dr. Campabadal, feed manufacturing and grain quality management curriculum manager for IGP.

Course participant Toshiharu Taguchi, a feed manager at SEW Saisaikai Farms in Japan, says that he is interested in operating his own swine nutrition program.

“I was interested in coming to IGP Institute to observe U.S. swine facilities since I want to operate my own swine nutrition program. I will take back the information that I learned from Carlos on feed quality control.”

USSEC’s Farm Moms to China Program Completes Third Mission

Friday, December 18, 2015
Category Biotechnology General News North Asia 
USSEC’s Farm Moms to China program made its third trip to that country December 14-18. USSEC, working as part of the International Soy Growers Alliance (ISGA), sent…

USSEC’s Farm Moms to China program made its third trip to that country December 14-18.

USSEC, working as part of the International Soy Growers Alliance (ISGA), sent a team that included United Soybean Board (USB) director Nancy Kavazanjian, CommonGround volunteer Dawn Scheier, and Pilu Giraudo of Argentina. The team, which represents farm women and moms, attended the meetings in Beijing, accompanied by USSEC Communications Manager Lisa (Pine) Humphreys.

USSEC’s Farm Moms to China program is one of USSEC’s tactics to help build confidence in the safety and importance of biotechnology while highlighting how this technology can enhance sustainable food security.

In September 2014, USSEC sent four female agriculture representatives to China to forge connections with Chinese moms about the safety of GMO soybeans. The second USSEC delegation visited China from February 2-5, 2015 to participate in another series of meetings with their Chinese counterparts.

The goal of this program is to head off any misinformation that appears in the Chinese press and social media by reaching out directly to Chinese consumers to share scientific facts and build confidence.

“This mission provided exposure to over seven million people through Chinese social media,” said Ms. Humphreys. “It is absolutely critical for the U.S. Soy industry to educate Chinese buyers and consumers in its top export market, and the Farm Moms to China program allows us to do that.”

On this visit, the USSEC/ISGA team met with Chinese social media key opinion leaders (KOLs) to discuss the safety of biotechnology; organized a town hall meeting with a science-based online platform to discuss the safety of biotechnology; and created video footage from the town hall meeting that will be used on the Chinese language ISGA website.

The mission is expected to help generate hundreds of thousands of website views sending a positive message of the safety of biotechnology with the ability to leverage those views and demonstrate to Chinese government officials the commitment of the ISGA soybean growers to support their efforts to communicate the safety of biotechnology to the Chinese public.

USSEC’s Moms to China Program Marks Third Trip

Monday, December 14, 2015
Category General News North Asia 
USSEC’s Moms to China program is making its third trip to that country this week. The Moms Advocating for GM Technology In China (MAGIC) III meetings are taking place…

USSEC’s Moms to China program is making its third trip to that country this week.

The Moms Advocating for GM Technology In China (MAGIC) III meetings are taking place from December 14-18.

In September 2014, USSEC sent four female agriculture representatives to China to forge connections with Chinese moms about the safety of GMO soybeans. The second USSEC delegation visited China from February 2-5, 2015 to participate in another series of meetings with their Chinese counterparts.

This time, the team of International Soy Growers Alliance (ISGA) members representing farm women and moms includes United Soybean Board (USB) director Nancy Kavazanjian, CommonGround volunteer Dawn Scheier, and Pilu Giraudo of Argentina. The women are in China to meet with Chinese social media key opinion leaders (KOLs) to discuss the safety of biotechnology; organize a town hall meeting with a science-based online platform to discuss the safety of biotechnology; and create video footage from the town hall meeting that will be used on the Chinese language ISGA website.

MAGIC III team members Pilu Giraudo, Nancy Kavazanjian and Dawn Scheier prepare recipes for the Guokr town hall meeting

MAGIC III team members Pilu Giraudo, Nancy Kavazanjian and Dawn Scheier prepare recipes for the Guokr town hall meeting

This visit is expected to help generate hundreds of thousands of website views sending a positive message of the safety of biotechnology with the ability to leverage those views and demonstrate to Chinese government officials the commitment of the ISGA soybean growers to support their efforts to communicate the safety of biotechnology to the Chinese public.

USSEC Attends 2015 U.S.-China Poultry Industry Forum, AMCHAM Appreciation Seminar & Dinner in Beijing

Monday, December 14, 2015
Category General News North Asia 
USB director and Freedom to Operate (FTO) Action Team chair Bill Beam, American Soybean Association (ASA) treasurer Davie Stephens, and USSEC Marketing Director –…

USB director and Freedom to Operate (FTO) Action Team chair Bill Beam, American Soybean Association (ASA) treasurer Davie Stephens, and USSEC Marketing Director – Animal Nutrition/Meal Pam Helmsing traveled to China to participate in an FTO trade mission and attended the 2015 U.S.-China Poultry Industry Forum and American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Annual Seminar and Appreciation Dinner in Beijing from November 30 through December 5. The purpose of the mission was to engage Chinese policy influencers.

The team attended the U.S.-China Poultry Industry Forum, which was co-organized by USSEC. This year’s theme was Consumption & Promotion and Trade & Cooperation and the event provided in-depth discussion on the poultry production model, consumption promotion, latest advancements and other industry innovations to facilitate industry exchange and win-win cooperation between the two countries. USSEC Country Director – China Zhang Xiaoping and Mr. Stephens provided opening remarks and Mr. Beam gave a welcoming toast at dinner, in addition to providing closing remarks at the conference.

In his opening speech, Mr. Stephens described the U.S. Soy industry as a longtime partner to Chinese industries and talked about its commitment to China’s sustainable food security and food safety. Mr. Beam noted the importance of biotech approvals in a timely and transparent manner.

The USSEC team also visited customers, Sanhe Hopeful Grain & Oil Group and the Yangxiang Group before returning home.

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Mr. Beam and Mr. Stephens check out soybean oil during a customer visit to the Sanhe Hopeful Grain & Oil Group

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USSEC Hosts U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Japan

Monday, December 7, 2015
Category General News North Asia 
USSEC hosted the annual U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Tokyo, Japan on November 19-20. A total of 350 crushers, feed millers, soyfood processors, traders and media…

USSEC hosted the annual U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Tokyo, Japan on November 19-20. A total of 350 crushers, feed millers, soyfood processors, traders and media attended the two-day event.

2.USB treasurer and ASA director Lawrence Sukalski participated in a press conference during the U.S. Buyers Outlook Conference in Tokyo

USB treasurer and ASA director Lawrence Sukalski participated in a press conference during the U.S. Buyers Outlook Conference in Tokyo

Topics presented at this year’s conference included new crop quality; farm updates; introductions to examples of sustainability initiatives by Japanese companies; oilseeds market outlook; feed formulations; the Chinese soy market; and the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP).

Additionally, seven U.S. food bean exporters exhibited at tabletop displays to showcase their new crop during the conference for food industry, including Clarkson Grain, DeLong, SK Food International, Scoular, and Neco Seed.

United Soybean Board (USB) treasurer John Motter and American Soybean Association (ASA) director Lawrence Sukalski traveled to Tokyo to participate in the conference. Other USSEC team members included USSEC consultants Dr. Seth Naeve and Dr. Jannes Doppenburg, along with USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke.

The 2015 U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Japan was sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council, which was represented by Gretchen Mossberger and Katie Bauer.

U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook for feed/oil industry on November 19 in Tokyo, Japan

U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook for feed/oil industry on November 19 in Tokyo, Japan

U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook for food industry on November 20

U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook for food industry on November 20

U.S. – China Soybean Industry Relations Are Further Strengthened By Participating in Discussions at Major Industry Events in China

Monday, November 30, 2015
Category General News North Asia 
USSEC China successfully conducted the annual U.S. Soy Market Outlook Conference in Shanghai, one of the major soy trading centers in China. More than 100 importers,…

USSEC China successfully conducted the annual U.S. Soy Market Outlook Conference in Shanghai, one of the major soy trading centers in China. More than 100 importers, traders, crushers, feed millers and animal integrators from all over the country participated in this conference on November 16, which was fully funded this year by the North Dakota Soybean Council.

2015 marks the seventeenth year the U.S. soybean industry has conducted such an event for Chinese customers, who value such an opportunity to interact with U.S. grower leaders and market specialists to learn more information on U.S. Soy’s crop quality, market situation and price trend.

“We trust U.S. soybean growers and the industry as they have been providing not only the latest information on U.S. soybean crops through such an event, but also objective and impartial market opinions,” said one participant to the U.S. grower leaders and USSEC staff.

American Soybean Association (ASA) director Dave Poppens, a soy farmer from South Dakota, made a presentation on this year’s crop situation in the U.S. and his strategies in managing the risks in his farm operation. United Soybean Board (USB) director Dan Farney, a soy farmer from Illinois, also gave a presentation on U.S. sustainability in soy production.

For the first time, USSEC staged a grower panel discussion during this conference and Mr. Poppens and Mr. Farney were joined by two North Dakota grower leaders, Vanessa Kummer, former USB chairman, and ASA director Monte Peterson, to interact with customers on numerous topics such as selling strategies given current lower prices, production cost, farm operations, and their planting perspectives for next year.

In addition to the grower panel, USSEC also provided a crop quality summary presented by USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke, a China macro economic situation outlook, and a meal market outlook presented by two local consultants, which were all well received by the participants. USSEC member company CGB sent their containerized soybean merchandiser to the event to introduce the business and company as they are exploring the potential to grow their business in China.

USSEC Country Director – China Zhang Xiaoping wrapped up the conference by presenting a soy trade summary to the audience. Based on such information, USSEC identified China’s top ten buyers and top loyalty buyers of U.S. soybeans who received awards from the U.S. soybean grower leaders.

Before this annual event, Ms. Kummer and Mr. Peterson traveled to Guangzhou on Nov. 11 to attend the 10th China International Oils and Oilseeds Conference organized by Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), a long-time partner to the U.S. Soy industry, to promote U.S. Soy and soy products among soybean importers, traders and feed millers.

Ms. Kummer was invited to join a panel discussion to talk about U.S. Soy production and provide a grower’s perspective on the current market situation, and Mr. Peterson led a private meeting with DCE top management during the conference on strengthening the partnership with each other to further promote U.S. Soy.

Escorted by USSEC China staff, Ms. Kummer and Mr. Peterson also traveled to Beijing on Nov. 13 to attend the 3rd China Food Security and Safety Strategy Summit organized by a major think tank to China’s top leaders on agricultural policy, the Development Research Center of the State Council. Grower leaders interacted with the participants on policy issues, specifically, the recent biotech approval delays in China that are affecting the commercialization of new biotech events.

Grower leaders’ participation and involvement in these important events have demonstrated the long-time commitments the U.S. Soy industry has made to supplying China’s increasing demand for soy, and has strengthened the partnership with Chinese industries to help achieve China’s goal in food security, food safety and sustainable soybean supply.

U.S. Soy grower leaders pose with the top and most loyal buyers of U.S. soybeans during the annual U.S. Soybean Market Outlook Conference on Nov. 16 in Shanghai, China

U.S. Soy grower leaders pose with the top and most loyal buyers of U.S. soybeans during the annual U.S. Soybean Market Outlook Conference on Nov. 16 in Shanghai, China

Former USB chairman Vanessa Kummer presents a award to one of the top ten buyers of U.S. soybeans while ASA director Monte Peterson observes at the awards ceremony

Former USB chairman Vanessa Kummer presents a award to one of the top ten buyers of U.S. soybeans while ASA director Monte Peterson observes at the awards ceremony

USSEC Hosts U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference In Korea

Monday, November 30, 2015
Category General News North Asia 
USSEC hosted the annual U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Seoul, South Korea on November 13th. Grower leaders, exporters and USSEC staff pose after the 2015 U.S. Soy…

USSEC hosted the annual U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Seoul, South Korea on November 13th.

Grower leaders, exporters and USSEC staff pose after the 2015 U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Seoul, South Korea

Grower leaders, exporters and USSEC staff pose after the 2015 U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Seoul, South Korea

The conference was attended by 61 members of the purchasing and technical staffs from Korea’s crushing, feed, and soy food industries; three USSEC member exporters, SunOpta, Scoular and CGB; and nine Korean representatives of U.S. soy exporters, including Cargill and Bunge. The conference’s objective was to update the target industries with U.S. new crop information and to assist them to interact with grower leaders and exporters for more business opportunities.

Two grower leaders, American Soybean Association (ASA) director Dave Poppens of South Dakota and United Soybean Board (USB) director Daniel Farney of Illinois, traveled to Korea and participated in the conference. Mr. Poppens shared information on this year’s farming progress and conditions, while Mr. Farney discussed sustainability in U.S. soybean production from the farmer’s perspective. Other conference topics included the 2015/16 crop quality, global supply and demand, and market outlook. Feedback from conference participants indicated that useful information was provided at the right time for their purchases of soy and soy products.

In addition to the conference, the grower leaders visited local crushing and soymilk plants that use U.S. Soy and met with the top executives of Korea Feed Association to provide them with updates on this year’s crop and benefits of the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP).

ASA director Dave Poppens discusses 2015 farming conditions with the audience

ASA director Dave Poppens discusses 2015 farming conditions with the audience

USB director Daniel Farney answers a question during in the Q&A session

USB director Daniel Farney answers a question during the Q&A session

Grower leaders, CJ CheilJedang staff and USSEC staff pose while visiting the CJ CheilJedang Corp.’s crushing plant

Grower leaders, CJ CheilJedang staff and USSEC staff pose while visiting the CJ CheilJedang Corp.’s crushing plant

Taiwan Export Sales Highlights

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Category North Asia 
This summary is based on reports from exporters for the period September 18-24, 2015. Soybeans: Net sales of 2,506,000 MT for 2015/2016, up noticeably from the previous…

This summary is based on reports from exporters for the period September 18-24, 2015.

Soybeans: Net sales of 2,506,000 MT for 2015/2016, up noticeably from the previous week, were primarily for China (1,178,400 MT, including 59,600 MT switched from unknown destinations and decreases of 2,500 MT), unknown destinations (826,800 MT), Germany (150,100 MT), the Netherlands (85,700 MT, including 78,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), Indonesia (85,200 MT, including 68,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), Japan (50,800 MT), and Mexico (42,500 MT). Net sales of 4,400 MT for 2016/2017 were reported for Panama. Exports of 814,900 MT were primarily to China (318,400 MT), Germany (150,100 MT), Mexico (119,100 MT), the Netherlands (85,700 MT), Indonesia (76,300 MT), and Costa Rica (16,500 MT).

Optional Origin Sales: For 2015/2016, outstanding optional origin sales total 175,000 MT, all China.

Exports for Own Account: The current exports for own account balance is 1,900 MT, all Canada.

Export Adjustments: Accumulated exports to the Netherlands were adjusted down 85,276 MT for week ending September 17th and 64,823 MT for week ending September 10th . The correct destination is Germany and is included in this week’s report.

Soybean Cake and Meal: Net sales of 17,600 MT for 2014/2015 were down 32 percent from the previous week and 9 percent from the prior 4-week average. Increases were reported for Mexico 2 (10,800 MT), Colombia (6,500 MT, including 5,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), El Salvador (6,100 MT, including 5,900 MT switched from unknown destinations), the Philippines (5,300 MT), and Canada (3,600 MT). Decreases were reported for unknown destinations (10,900 MT), the Dominican Republic (4,000 MT), and Burma (400 MT). Net sales of 246,400 MT for 2015/2016 were reported primarily for Mexico (112,600 MT, including 110,400 MT late reporting), Panama (56,600 MT), unknown destinations (24,000 MT), and Peru (16,400 MT). Decreases were reported for Nicaragua (500 MT). Exports of 179,900 MT were up 99 percent from the previous week and 24 percent from the prior 4-week average. The primary destinations were the Philippines (47,600 MT), Venezuela (30,000 MT), Mexico (27,900 MT), the Dominican Republic (24,800 MT), Colombia (16,300 MT), and Canada (11,700 MT).

Soybean Oil: Net sales reductions of 7,900 MT for 2014/2015–a marketing-year low–were down noticeably from the previous week and from the prior 4-week average. Increases reported for Mexico (1,900 MT) and Canada (200 MT), were more than offset by decreases for unknown destinations (10,000 MT). Net sales of 32,500 MT for 2015/2016 were reported primarily for Peru (19,000 MT), unknown destinations (12,000 MT), and Mexico (1,100 MT). Exports of 2,800 MT were down 89 percent from the previous week and 81 percent from the prior 4-week average. The primary destinations were Mexico (2,400 MT) and Canada (300 MT).

Japan Export Sales Highlights

Monday, October 19, 2015
Category North Asia 
  This summary is based on reports from exporters for the period October 2-8, 2015. Soybeans:  Net sales of 1,476,800 MT for 2015/2016, up 15 percent from the previous…

 

This summary is based on reports from exporters for the period October 2-8, 2015.

Soybeans:  Net sales of 1,476,800 MT for 2015/2016, up 15 percent from the previous week, were primarily for China (1,143,400 MT, including 557,500 MT switched from unknown destinations and decreases of 132,100 MT), Russia (121,000 MT, including 52,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), Japan (81,600 MT, including 49,500 switched from unknown destinations), the Netherlands (75,700 MT, including 70,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), and Thailand (74,100 MT).  Net sales reductions were reported for unknown destinations (205,400 MT).  Exports of 1,627,600 MT were up 74 percent from the previous week.  The primary destinations were China (1,327,700 MT), Japan (96,800 MT), the Netherlands (75,700 MT), Mexico (68,700 MT), and Russia (33,000 MT).

Optional Origin Sales:  For 2015/2016, outstanding optional origin sales total 175,000 MT, all China.

Exports for Own Account:  The current exports for own account balance is 1,900 MT, all Canada.

Soybean Cake and Meal:  Net sales of 225,800 MT for 2015/2016 were reported for unknown destinations (68,200 MT), Poland (40,000 MT), Venezuela (30,000 MT, switched from Panama), Mexico (26,700 MT), and Guatemala (15,200 MT, including 9,200 MT switched from unknown destinations).  Net sales reductions were reported for Panama (21,900 MT), Ireland (6,000 MT), and French West Indies (3,000 MT).  Net sales of 700 MT for 2016/2017 were reported for Canada.  Exports of 139,700 MT were primarily to Mexico (33,900 MT), Venezuela (30,000 MT), Canada (20,700 MT), Guatemala (15,200 MT), and Honduras (11,700 MT).

Soybean Oil:  Net sales of 53,200 MT for 2015/2016 were reported for unknown destinations (20,000 MT), Morocco (18,000 MT), Mexico (12,500 MT), Nicaragua (1,800 MT), and the Dominican Republic (500 MT).  Exports of 16,200 MT were primarily to Venezuela (10,000 MT), Mexico (4,900 MT), Trinidad (800 MT), and Canada (400 MT).

USSEC Conducts 4th U.S. – China Swine Industry Symposium, Visits Customers in China

Monday, September 28, 2015
Category Animal Utilization Event followup North Asia 
USSEC, together with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), China Animal Agriculture Association (CAAA), China Chamber of Commerce of…

USSEC, together with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), China Animal Agriculture Association (CAAA), China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA), and China Meat Association (CMA) organized and conducted the 2015 U.S. – China Swine Industry Development Symposium on September 16.

This is the symposium’s fourth year and this year’s topic was “Is Bigger, Better?” There were about 200 attendees, roughly 60 percent swine producers and the rest a mix of industry, government and association representatives.

Two grower leaders, John Heisdorffer, USSEC director and American Soybean Association (ASA) vice president, and Bob Metz, USSEC and United Soybean Board (USB) director, traveled to China to participate in this event. Mr. Heisdorffer provided opening remarks, talking about U.S. soybeans and his farm. Mr. Metz made a toast on behalf of USSEC at the gala dinner following the symposium.

USSEC Marketing Director – Animal Nutrition & Meal Pam Helmsing, USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke, USSEC Country Director – China Xiaoping Zhang, and USSEC Animal Utilization (AU) Technical Director Dr. Richard Han also attended this symposium. Mr. Zhang chaired the session in the afternoon and Dr. Han provided comments on the China swine farm models.

Participants learned about models, management and challenges to both the U.S. and China swine industry during the symposium, which provided a good bridge to understand and communicate between the agriculture industries in the U.S. and China.

The group also participated in customer meetings on this trade mission.

On September 17, the delegation attended the Novus/USSEC Swine Master Academy in Xiamen. Mr. Heisdorffer and Mr. Metz both talked to the attendees about swine and soybean farming in the U.S. and the quality and safety of U.S. Soy. Dr. Han discussed the nutritional advantages of U.S. Soy and sustainability.

The following day, the group visited Hua Mei Swine farm outside of Xiamen, which has about 1,500 sows and finishes 20,000 head per year. The owner had attended the Swine Master Academy and USSEC consultant Dr. Mike Brumm provided suggestions to improve profitability, including reducing feed and water waste and optimal particle size for feed, noting that there is no need to further process U.S. Soy.

On September 19, the group was joined in Shanghai by ASA director Monte Peterson and Rob Westmoreland of Informa to visit an Intensive Pond Aquaculture (IPA) fish farm in the Songjiang District southwest of Shanghai. IPA technology can increase fish production in a pond threefold. The farm is experimenting with upping it to five times the fish that can be producing using conventional aquaculture technology.

At Shanghai Xinnong Feed Company, the delegation met with the purchasing manager. This company purchases three to four million metric tons (MMT) of soy per year for hog feed. They purchase U.S. Soy from November through June and prefer it because of its golden yellow color and the stable protein and oil levels. The company can and does specify country of origin and prefers U.S. soybean meal to Argentine even if the Argentine meal is cheaper.

On September 21, the group participated in the USSEC industry roundtable. Mr. Heisdorffer and Mr. Peterson talked about their farms, the markets and risk management. They fielded questions about weed management; GMOs; whether they will plant more corn or soybeans next year; freight rates; supply and capacity, particularly in the Pacific Northwest; crop insurance; credit and government subsidies; and why U.S. Soy has a better amino acid profile. At the break immediately following the grower leaders’ presentations, some of the participants remarked that this conference had been the most informative one they had ever attended.

USSEC director John Heisdorffer presents at the summit

USSEC director John Heisdorffer presents at the summit

USSEC director Bob Metz listens during the summit

USSEC director Bob Metz listens during the summit

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