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USSEC met with Chang Ku Yoon, president & CEO, CJ Philippines, Inc., and Ronaldo Cruz, aqua product manager, CJ Philippines, to present the USSEC Southeast Asia (SEA) and Philippines Soy in Aquaculture program and to discuss the Philippine Aquaculture Industry in CJ Phils Inc. Feedmill in San Rafael, Bulacan, Philippines.
USSEC discussed the ongoing programs in feedmill and nutrition where aquafeed nutritionists are guided in optimizing U.S. soybean meal in aquafeed formulation and other U.S. Soy products in a least cost formulation. The Low Volume High Density (LVHD) cage aquaculture and pond feed based technologies were also discussed to improve aquaculture production through sustainable and environmentally friendly practices using extruded floating feeds.
CJ Philippines Inc. is planning to revive their aquafeeds production and be present in the aquaculture feed industry. USSEC suggested that it is better for CJ Aqua Feeds to produce high quality feeds that will give farmers faster growth for fish and better feed conversion rates (FCR).
Myanmar is a growing market for America’s food and agricultural products. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. agricultural exports to Myanmar reached a record $15.3 million USD in FY14, up 24 percent from the previous year.
The opening of the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) office in August 2016 at the U.S embassy in Yangon helps build activities and services in Myanmar. USSEC Technical Consultant, Aquaculture – Myanmar May Myat Noe Lwin says, “I believe that this will strengthen importing U.S. soybeans and soybean products to Myanmar as well.”
With the team effort of USSEC and various U.S. agriculture projects and programs, sales are expected to increase significantly. But there is still need of more input from the government body, and the opening of the FAS office with a permanent Agriculture Attaché will fill the gap, especially with the rules and regulations from the government bodies importing U.S. agriculture products.
USSEC’s aquaculture program will work with the FAS program to support the increase of sales of U.S. soybeans and soybean meal sales to Myanmar for its livestock and aquaculture industries.
Sutas, a USSEC customer and Turkey’s largest dairy producer, opened its third integrated dairy facility in Izmir, Turkey on December 23 with an investment of $80 million.
Sutas processes 2,200 tons of milk daily and produces 360,000 tons of dairy feed yearly. The company enjoys a 15 percent market share for milk in Turkey with gross sales in 2015 of 2.3 billion Turkish lira (TL) and 2.6 billion TL in 2016.
The investment in Sutas’ new facilities is about $80 million U.S. dollars (USD) and they will process 1000 tons of milk and produce 600 tons per day of feed, along with 6.4 megawatts of electricity and 100 tons of organic fertilizer. Sutas is already collecting 2,200 tons of milk with 8 percent of this amount is coming from their owned dairy farms and the rest collected from 28,000 farmers in different parts of Turkey.
The president, prime minister, minister of agriculture and many other government ministers attended the opening of the new facilities. Sutas executives present included Mr. Yilmaz, president; Mr. Tezel, vice president; and Mrs. Serpil Veral, CEO.
One of Sutas’ main goals in this investment is to export its products to Russia. Russia was importing €5 billion worth of dairy products before the embargo from EU countries, but is now importing these products from Argentina and Brazil. Turkey is producing a large amount of dairy products that they currently export to Russia and Japan, but they will now be producing different types of dairy products giving them a greater opportunity in these markets.
Sutas also acquired dairy companies in Romania and Macedonia and invested $20 million USD in those companies to supply dairy products to the EU. Turkey is currently not allowed to export dairy products to the EU.
Sutas has been in the dairy business for three generations and celebrates its 41st year in the business this year. Their integrated business model is “from the grass to the table” and they opened their first facility in Karacabey /Bursa in 2004 using this model. Since that time, they have invested $620 million USD in this business with 3 facilities. With the new facility, they are estimated to grow 50 percent in 2016.
Sutas is a very good partner to USSEC who regularly participates in USSEC’s events in Turkey and events in other countries, such as the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in the U.S. While many companies are holding their investments in Turkey at this time, Sutas’ investment in Izmir is noteworthy. USSEC congratulates SUTAS for its new investment and trust in the dairy business and the consumption of dairy products.
Ozpekler Trout Company, a customer and supporter of USSEC, will build a fish feed plant in Denizli, Turkey with the first double screw extruder in the country.
Ozpekler Company produces trout, exporting all its production to Europe. The company partners with a Dutch firm for its marketing in the EU. They produce around 5000 tons of trout each year in 5 facilities in the western part of Turkey. The company already has a hatchery, grow-out farms in lakes and concrete pools, and a processing plant, but was missing a feed plant to complete its integration. With this investment, they will become an integrated company.
Ozpekler, the third largest trout producer in Turkey, attends USSEC’s many aqua events in Turkey and in the U.S., including the Kansas State aquafeed manufacturing course, Idaho farm visits, and USSEC’s regional aqua investment conference in Dubai.
As a result of USSEC’s efforts, Ozpekler decided to build its own feed factory, which will have a double screw extruder, the first in Turkey, allowing them to use less starch in their feed and achieving a higher protein content, consuming more U.S. Soy. The company will also have a pulverizer, which will allow them to produce larval feed for baby fish. The location of the feed mill will be in Denizli where Ozpekler has its head office and all other facilities. The capacity of the feed mill will be five tons per hour of extruded feed.
USSEC traveled to northeastern China’s soy-growing province of Heilongjiang to hold workshops and exchange market information with local soy growers on December 13 and 14.
Three experts including Chen Beier, senior vice president of R. J. O’Brien’s Asia department; Hanver Li, chairman of Shanghai JC Intelligence; and Liu Zhaofu, founder and general manager of the soy portal website Dadou.cn, were invited by USSEC to speak to local soybean growers in the snow-covered Nenjiang county of Heilongjiang province.
The USSEC team was received by Li Tiehui, deputy chief of the agricultural authority of Nenjiang County, who escorted the team to a local cooperative farm on December 13 and an agricultural technology service center on the 14th.
In the workshops, Nenjiang soy growers shared with USSEC their concerns over market uncertainties, increased competition from domestic soy growers from other parts of the country, and soybean price drops. Some expressed pessimism over the short-term future. In response to their concerns, USSEC consultants not only delivered presentations to introduce some of the U.S. soybean industry’s experience and practice in dealing with the challenges and problems which are common to soy growers from all over the world, but also shared some practical industry-leading techniques in analyzing the soybean market and predicting future trends.
One soy grower shared his personal experience of rushing into the options market ten years ago without sufficient knowledge to guide his way, only to suffer a loss of five million renminbi (RMB) in a rash attempt. USSEC consultant Bell Chen, a seasoned options trading professional from the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the U.S., encouraged him to start from the basics and pay particular attention to the most up-to-date techniques necessary to calculate the odds and reduce risks.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Li said he would like to express gratitude on behalf of the Nenjiang government to USSEC for its continued contribution to the local economy through sharing some of the U.S. soybean industry’s best practices, and offering local soy growers ready-to-use practical knowledge in protecting themselves against market volatility.
It’s no secret that China’s domestic soybean production has been declining since 2004/05, due to a change in their corn price support policy. Since then, China’s soybean import volume has been increasing to meet the growing demand from the crushing industry to supply the needs for soybean meal and soy oil. But an exciting new export development is China’s growing need for specialty soybeans for use in making soy foods and beverages.
Unlike in the U.S., essentially all of China’s domestic soybean production are non-GMO beans and nearly all are used to make food and beverages. Last year, China grew approximately 10.51 million metric tons (MMT) of soybeans. They are projected to increase production 11 percent this year. An impressive increase, but it’s not going to be enough. This year, demand for non-GMO soybeans for food use in China could exceed their country’s domestic production by over 20%. Essentially, China is projected to consume specialty soybean tonnage roughly equal to Iowa’s total 2015 soybean production. Enter – an opportunity for U.S. specialty soybean exporters.
Last year, China had a shortage and imported specialty soybeans from Canada and Russia to fill their food ingredient market gap. And that didn’t go unnoticed. In response to U.S. exporter feedback, USSEC funded a 2017 China Food Bean Export Initiative project, which included holding a U.S. Specialty Soybean Market Outlook Conference in Hangzhou, a city in the province of Zhejiang in eastern China on November 21. During the conference, USSEC China presented the 2016 U.S. Soy food bean quality survey report, and updated conference attendees on the current situation of the U.S. and Chinese non-GMO soybean supply and demand, and shared insights on China’s soy food industry future trends.
USSEC exporter members SunOpta and Grain Millers sent their China representatives to attend and speak at the conference, introducing their companies’ specialty soybean portfolios and supply capabilities. Both organizations assured the attendees that U.S. exporters could meet the Chinese customers’ demand by producing suitable varieties of soybeans backed with reliable and consistent quality and timely delivery.
Over the previous several months, USSEC’s staff in China had also made one-on-one industry visits to assess the U.S. specialty soybean food market opportunity in eastern and northern China. Work to expand U.S. soybean sales to China will continue throughout this year by connecting U.S. specialty soybean exporters with the Chinese soy food and beverage industry.
USSEC China hosted its annual trade policy workshop in Beijing on December 15. Representatives from USSEC’s valued partners, customers and supporters were invited to attend the event.
More than 40 representatives from government agencies, industry associations, and member companies attended the trade policy workshop. Among them was Mr. Bian Zhenhu, president of China Chamber of Commerce of Native Foodstuffs and Produce; Mr. Bruce Zanin, minister counselor of Agricultural Affairs at U.S. Embassy in Beijing,; and Mr. Qie Jianwei, vice president of China National Association of Grain Sector. Most of the representatives have over the last few years not only met with U.S. soybean farmers who provide leadership to USSEC’s programs in China, but also worked closely with USSEC on many of these programs to help advance the interest of both US soybean farmers and Chinese buyers. They have offered USSEC unfailing support throughout the latter’s presence in the country, especially during times of uncertainty.
PowerPoint presentations were delivered by three guests speakers including Ms. Fang Yan, former official from China’s National Development and Research Commission; Mr. Chen Beier, senior vice president of R. J. O’Brien’s Asia department; and Mr. Hanver Li, Chairman of Shanghai JC Intelligence. Their topics ranged from the overall situation of the Chinese economy, and the national policy of the “supply-side reform”, to the “Belt and Road Initiative”, and China’s foreign reserves. Their presentations received positive responses from the audience who interacted with the speakers on many of the issues covered. Roseanne Freese, U.S. Agricultural Consul based in northeastern China’s Shenyang, said that she felt heartened by the fact that USSEC was able to invite so many industry experts and government officials to come to the workshop and be actively involved in the discussions.
To wrap up the workshop, Mr. Zhang Xiaoping, USSEC’s Country Director – China, said that USSEC and all its valued China partners would carry on moving forward with all of the work that they have been doing to serve the interest of China, the U.S. and the world.
It’s not a one-off. It’s a long-term mutually beneficial process. That’s what we call partnership.
– Zhang Xiaoping, USSEC Country Director – China
A New Year’s reception was hosted after the workshop, with 120 guests including the 40 workshop attendees and 80 representatives from customer companies invited in appreciation for their long-term support.
Whatever uncertainties we face now or in the future, the U.S. soybean farmers and the U.S. soybean industry will remain committed to our valued partners here in China.
-Paul Burke, USSEC Regional Director – North Asia
After the event, some guests congratulated USSEC on successfully hosting this annual activity, calling it “a great event.”
USSEC, in collaboration with the Association of Food Scientists and Technologist (India), Soy Food Promotion and Welfare Association, Soy Processors Association and Solvent Extractors’ Association of India recently organized a one-day conference, “Soy Nutrition and Soy Opportunities: Creating Linkages” in Mumbai, India.
With nearly one-third of the Indian population suffering from malnutrition and a similarly equal number of people suffering from diet-related degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes which are on the top of the causes of deaths in most parts of India, especially among the urban population. It is estimated that more than 63 million Indians are suffering from diabetes and 45 million with CVD.
Cardiovascular diseases are major causes of mortality and disease in the Indian subcontinent, causing more than 25 per cent of deaths. It has been predicted that these diseases will increase rapidly and India will be the host for more than half the cases of heart disease in the world within the next 15 years. Moreover, India is home to the largest population of severely malnourished children in the world, and child malnutrition is a risk factor for 22.4 percent of total burden of disease. Malnutrition is more common in India than in Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite significant efforts, the reduction in the prevalence of malnutrition in India over the last decade has been small.
Soy is a highly nutritious food. Soybean is one of the very few plants that provide a high quality protein with minimum saturated fat. Soybeans contain all the three macronutrients required for good nutrition, as well as fiber, vitamins and minerals. Soybeans help people feel better and live longer with an enhanced quality of life. Soy contains 40 percent protein, making it higher in protein than any other legumes and many animal products. Protein in just 250 grams of soybean is equivalent to protein in 3 liters of milk or 1 kilogram of mutton or 24 eggs.
-Dr. Ratan Sharma, USSEC Director – India & ASC Soy Food Program
Dr. Sharma discussed various soy products including soymilk, tofu, soy nuggets, soy fortified wheat flour and gram flour, and soy-based dal analogue, suggesting that these products have been made by using high end processing technology and are tasty and safe for consumption. He further emphasized that soy could be a wonderful solution to reduce the protein calorie malnutrition in India, and the Indian government should include soy as a main nutritional ingredient for various supplementary nutrition and welfare programs to ensure a healthy young generation.
Dr. Sharma pointed out that soy fortified wheat flour can be widely used in the Public Distribution System, saying that India imports more than five million metric tons (MMT) of the dal (lentils) from other countries. He suggested that the government promote the soy-based dal analogue, which is an extruded product by using wheat, soy and corn. This dal analogue is similar to India’s regular dals in cooking characteristics and taste, but is much cheaper than regular dal and superior in nutrition. This can reduce the import burden to the government up to a great extent.
USSEC’s board of directors voted to add two new members to its rolls at its December 13 board meeting. USSEC welcomes Liberty Feed and Bean Meal and Citizens Elevator, LLC as its newest members.
Liberty Feed and Bean Meal, a family-owned farm business located in Shelbyville, Indiana, approximately 27 miles east of Indianapolis, describes itself as “The Midwest’s Premier Supplier of Non-GMO Feeds and Bean Meal.” The feed company started in response to the local need for healthier beef, chicken, pork, eggs, and milk.
Today, Liberty continues the tradition of helping local families and farmers keep healthy livestock by supplying non-GMO feed, made with roasted corn and bean meal, to farmers throughout the Great Lakes region.
Citizens Elevator, LLC, of Charlotte, Michigan, is a full service ag retailer with a complete line of crop protection products, liquid and dry fertilizer, lime and custom application. They employ four certified crop advisors and offer GPS soil testing services. The outfit sells corn, soybeans, non-GMO food grade soybeans, and wheat seed.
Robert Mansfield has owned Citizens Elevator since December 31, 1988. Over the next 15 years, Citizens would expand from one location to five. The company has gone on to employ more than 30 people and serve more than 300 farmers stretching throughout Central Michigan and into Ohio and Indiana.
Citizens Elevator’s services have expanded to include trucking, overseas container hauling, custom application, GPS and soil sampling, fertilizer spreading, custom seed treating, along with chemicals, fertilizer, seed and internationally marketed specialty soybeans.
USSEC consultant Gonzalo G. Mateos, Ph.D., head of the animal nutrition department at the Universidad Politechnica de Madrid (Spain) recently published an article, “Influence of the Origin of the Beans on the Chemical Composition and Nutritive Value of Commercial Soybean Meals,” in the November issue of Animal Feed Science and Technology, an international scientific journal covering research on animal nutrition, feeding and technology.
According to Dr. Mateos and his coauthors, the composition and nutritive value of soybean meal varied with the origin of the beans.
- Soybean meal from Brazil and the U.S. had more crude protein than soybean meal from Argentina
- The amino acid profile was better for soybean meal from the U.S. and Argentina than for Brazilian soybean meal
- Neutral detergent fiber (NDF) was higher and sucrose lower for Brazil’s soybean meal than for soybean meal from the U.S. and Argentina
- KOH protein solubility (KOH), protein dispersibility index (PDI), and trypsin inhibitor activity (TIA) values were lower for South American soybean meal than for U.S. soybean meal.
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The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) annual Soybean Leadership College will take place in St. Louis January 10 – 12.
The Soybean Leadership College provides current and future agricultural industry leaders with training to effectively promote the soybean industry, communicate key agricultural messages and work to expand U.S. soybean market opportunities domestically and internationally while fostering networking between growers from across the country.
The 2017 Soybean Leadership College opens with the session, “10 Blankety-Blank Arguments Against GMOs – Why Science Rocks Agriculture” with Yvette d’Entremont, also known as the SciBabe, an analytical chemist turned science blogger, who has proven that a few jokes and a little bit of sass can shake up the way people talk about all things agriculture. The SciBabe has traveled the world busting pseudoscience and speaking to the importance of only trusting proven science, especially in agriculture and food consumption.
The 2017 Soybean Leadership College also features the following sessions:
- “Why Can’t We Be Friends? – Finding Shared Values to Connect with Consumers”
- “Making Their Mark: The Importance of Women and Young People in Agriculture”
- “Soy 411”– Your chance to ask ASA’s grower leaders questions about the soybean industry.
Rounding out the program are sessions on sustainability, communications, social media and financial management.
For additional information about the Soybean Leadership College, click here.
USSEC conducted a cage aquaculture production cost management seminar for the Chinese staff and managers of Sahara Feeds Corp. Milkfish Cage Farm in Taal Lake, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on December 7.
USSEC Philippines Technical Manager – Aquaculture Levy Manalac discussed how to manage and save on cage aquaculture production cost with the proper use of extruded floating feed and good feeding management with extruded floating feeds in cage culture, as USSEC Asia Marine Aquaculture Specialist Hsiang Pin Lan translated. USSEC also talked about proper feed storage and handling, the importance of sampling and proper recording, the use of quality fry/fingerlings and size grading, and proper fish health management that will help milkfish cage farmers to lower their production cost for better production and profitability.
Managing cage aquaculture production costs will also help improve water quality in the area by having lower feed conversion rates (FCR), thus helping continuous fish farming in the area. This will ensure continuous and possibly increasing demand in U.S. Soy products in local aquaculture feed manufacturing.
Thirteen area managers and technicians of Sahara Feeds Corp. Milkfish Cage Farm attended the seminar.
The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, through the Directorate General of Aquaculture of Indonesia, signed an agreement last month with the Norwegian government and a private Norwegian mariculture enterprise to develop a mariculture industry of Asian sea bass or barramundi (Lates calcarifer) in offshore floating cages in Aceh (Sumatra), West Java, Sulawesi, and Papua provinces in Indonesia.
The mariculture scenario will be based on Norway’s successful salmon industry. The offshore cage culture areas, however, will be only about 1 to 3 kilometers from the beach line using round cages with a diameter of 10 to 30 meters and a depth of 4 to 6 meters with full extruded slow-sinking (slinking) pellet feeds with initial production target of around 15,000 tons per year.
There are currently only four big barramundi aquaculture companies in Indonesia: PT. Indomarind (Batam, near Singapore); PT. Lucky Samudra (Seribu Islands, Jakarta Bay); PT. Phillips Seafoods Indonesia; and PT. Bali Barramundi (both are in North Bali) with an estimated production of less than 1,500 tons per year. A long-established barramundi aquaculture company of PT. Fega Mariculture (Seribu Islands, Jakarta Bay) recently collapsed in early 2016 and another newly-built large barramundi aquaculture company PT. Paramount Barramundi (North Bali) was terminated before it started last year due to insufficient cash flow.
While the market for filleted barramundi has been confirmed, more technical considerations have been raised to strengthen the industry, as Indonesia’s aquaculture industry is weak in the following areas. First, the genetics and selective breeding of the brooders in hatcheries need to supply premium seeds. Second, fish health (vaccination) is a must during the culture period (16 to 24 months to reach 1.8 to 2.2 kg fillet size) (currently vaccination is a “luxury” procedure in Indonesia’s aquaculture industry) and the last is to provide the industry with premium feeds (with premium ingredients) with the correct feeding method.
USSEC conducted a technical seminar for the staff of key Russian customer Sodrugestvo on December 5 and 6 in an effort to strengthen relationships and demonstrate its commitment. The Sodrugestvo group, based in the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation, is one of the largest European soy crushing facilities.
USSEC Animal Utilization consultant Dr. Gonzalo Mateos and local consultant Dr. Maria Domoroshchenkova provided two days of technical training for specialists and sales managers from Sodrugestvo’s soybean crushing plants, soy protein concentrate plant, and trade department. About 75 people attended the seminar.
Topics covered these areas of interest: an overview of global and Russian soy markets; modern technologies of soybean processing; antinutritional factors; Russian and international standards for soybean meal; soybean meal versus other protein sources; evaluation of energy and protein quality of soybean meal; soybean origin and soybean meal quality; soy products in animal feeding; energy and amino acid content of soybean meal according to different sources and tables; and an update on the GMO situation.
Soybean consumption in Russia could be increased through an increase of inclusion rates of soy proteins in local feed formulations. The education of local customers on the nutritional benefits of soybean meal and soy protein concentrate (SPC) versus other protein sources and on feasibility of usage of soybean meal and other soy additives in poultry, animal, and aqua diets is vitally important for development of the soy market in Russia.
Sodrugestvo has the largest soybean crushing facilities in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The company started its first crushing plant in 2007 and followed up with facility expansion. Today, Sodrugestvo could crush up to 7,000 metric tons (MT) of soybeans and 1,100 MT of rapeseed per day at the Kaliningrad site. The company manufactures a wide range of soy products including soybean meal, soybean oil, white flakes, SPC, soy lecithin, pelletized soy hulls. The deep-water terminal enables vessel acceptance on pier with capacity up to 30,000 to 50,000 MT.
In FY16, Russia has purchased around 486 thousand metric tons (TMT) of U.S. soybeans. Perdue Inc. is one of the leading suppliers of soybeans to Sodrugestvo. Chicago & Illinois River Marketing and LD Commodities were among other U.S. sellers to Russia this year.
Although short-term soybean market dynamics are disturbed by a temporary U.S. soybean import suspension and trading down impact, middle term and long-term fundamentals remain positive for Russia. This is expected to potentially increase the current usage of soy by the local poultry and swine production industries, development of aquaculture production, and by a growth of soybean crushing capacities of local oil mills.
On December 6, USSEC organized a feed formulation course in Casablanca, Morocco. The one-day event, held for the first time in Morocco’s market, bought together 15 nutritionists and feed formulators from 11 feed mills covering about 50 percent of compound poultry feed production.
The goal of the course was to increase knowledge and improve the usage of U.S. Soy products and help differentiate soybean meal of different origins in feed formulation.
USSEC consultant and formulation expert Sirri Khayan presented feed formulation and purchasing planning for profitable feed production to selected young professionals from different companies. He insisted on setting different matrices for meals from different origins. Based on his experience in other markets of the Middle East / North Africa (MENA) region, Mr. Khayan optimized several poultry diets simultaneously using full fat soybean, U.S. soybean meal and soy oil.
Feed mills are increasingly interested in getting maximum value from the ingredients they use. Developing formulations based on digestible nutrient values of soybean meal by origin leads to better poultry nutrition. Benchmarking every step of poultry feed production and multi-diet formulation helps improve overall profitability.
Improving knowledge on the nutrient supply of U.S. soybean meal such as higher lysine content and availability, along with consistent quality, ultimately leads to increased preference for U.S. Soy.
USSEC continues to improve knowledge of U.S. soybean products’ customers. The short course helped achieve its goal in educating young professionals by allowing them to gain more experience in poultry feed formulation and soybean meal differentiation by origin.
USSEC organized the 1st U.S. Soy Ambassador Award ceremony to present the inaugural U.S. Soy Ambassador Award in Japan. The U.S. Soy Ambassador recognizes a tofu producer who won the national tofu competition using 100 percent U.S. soybeans. The first recipient of this award in Japan was Shigeru Ueda, CEO of Satonoyuki Shokuhin.
Satonoyuki Shokuhin was founded by Mr. Ueda’s father in 1961 and now consists of six separate companies that focus on not only food production and distribution but also machine manufacturing and high-tech packing development.
Mr. Ueda traveled to Tokyo with his wife and met with U.S. Embassy officials, representing U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, to deliver samples of his award winning tofu, Kokutoro. After presenting his tofu and participating in a press conference for the Japan food trade media, Mr. Ueda was honored in an award reception and dinner hosted by USSEC. During the award ceremony, Mr. Ueda expressed his appreciation for the high quality soybeans he receives from the U.S. and how his close relationship with U.S. suppliers and growers assures a consistent supply of premium soybeans that are best suited for his company. Mr. Ueda also stated that USSEC has been leading the world in promoting sustainable soybeans, which he said is a remarkable step towards achieving sustainability in our society and environment. “With the shared vision for a sustainable world, we are ready to make every endeavor to support the expansion of U.S. soybeans,” he said.
At the end of the ceremony, participants tasted three tofu dishes made with the rich and creamy winning tofu, Kokutoro. The recipes developed by a restaurant chef include vegan tofu tartare, avocado and tofu moose cocktail, and tofu pudding Hong Kong style.
Japan, the largest consumer of tofu products made with U.S. Soy, used nearly 477,000 metric tons (MT) of non-GMO identity preserved (IP) soybeans in 2015. USSEC Japan will continue to support Japan’s tofu industry in coordinated with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Tokyo and Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) by establishing a U.S. Soy Sustainability Ambassador Award in the 3rd National Tofu Competition, which will be held at the Tofu Summit in Tokyo in December 2017. The award ceremony will be combined with the U.S. Soy Sustainability Ambassador Award winner in the 22nd National Natto Competition.
At the invitation of the Russian Poultry Research Institute (VNITIP), USSEC participated in a poultry technical seminar on December 8.
USSEC consultant Dr. Gonzalo Mateos, accompanied by local USSEC consultant Dr. Maria Domoroshchenkova, attended the seminar, which was themed, “Modern Approaches to Feeding of High Productive Poultry Crosses, Control of Safety of Compound Feeds and Biologically Active Additives, New Technologies in Feed Production” in Sergiev Posad, the ancient Russian town which originated in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries, the Trinity Lavra, located 70 kilometers from Moscow.
Over the last three years, USSEC consultants have become regular and respected visitors at such seminars, sharing with Russian customers the modern global and European trends in poultry production and feeding programs, new developments in soy feed additives production and control, the nutritional value and benefits of U.S. Soy versus other protein sources, and other issues.
A total of about 80 people attended the seminar. Attendees were predominantly representatives of feed mills, poultry farms, and feed additives and vet preparations companies from different regions of Russia.
Dr. Mateos gave a presentation, “Broiler Production in the Absence of ‘In Feed Antibiotics’: Diet Modification and Use of Functional Additives.” Dr. Mateos in his presentation, alongside with other poultry feeding questions/issues, compared the nutritive value of different protein sources widely used by the EU and Russian poultry industries and emphasized the importance of the uniformity of protein ingredients in modern poultry diets. He demonstrated the benefits of soy products in poultry feeding versus other protein sources and provided data for understanding quality differences in soybean meal (including differences in origin) and the impact on broiler production. The quality benefits of U.S. Soy products was clearly appreciated and recognized. The presentation was well received as evidenced by the number of questions and reactions. Although the organizers of the seminar allocated an hour and half in the program for Dr. Mateos’s presentation, it was still not quite enough time, and discussions continued after the end of the session. Obviously, the topics presented were of high interest to the Russian customers.
Local poultry farms are the principle users of soybean meal in Russia, compared to other animal producers. Russia’s poultry production has been rising significantly in the past few years. Russia is the world’s fourth largest producer of poultry meat and the sixth largest producer of eggs. The poultry meat production growth rate in Russia is six times higher than the world average. Poultry meat occupies a 48 percent share in the structure of meat production in Russia in 2016, according to the estimates of the Russian Poultry Union.
There is a serious potential for the growth of demand of soybean meal via an increase of ratio of soy proteins in local feed formulations. USSEC’s marketing efforts are beneficial for the promotion of soy additives in poultry feeding programs at the nutritionally recommended dosage and will contribute to the growth of demand in U.S. Soy.
Seven participants from Latin America traveled to the International Grains Program (IGP) Institute Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas on December 15 and 16 to engage in USSEC’s Risk Management Latin America course. The collaboration between USSEC and the IGP Institute provided education and training to these professionals about current risk management practices.
IGP curriculum manager Carlos Campabadal led the course, giving several lectures with the help of guest presenters. The relationship between USSEC and the IGP helps provides skills for mitigating risk during grain purchasing is highlighted in this training. Course participant Angela Maria Ayora, a general manager for egg production companies in Colombia, saw this firsthand.
“It was a great opportunity for me,” said Ms. Ayora. “I decided to take advantage of it and to get all the information that I can so I can figure out how to apply it to the six companies I represent and in my daily job responsibilities.”
Fellow course participant Juan Esteban Mejia, a farm manager also from Colombia, said that he hopes to put the techniques he learned at the IGP Institute to use when he returns home. “It would be good for our companies in Colombia to learn from this training and explore the possibility of not taking on so much risk,” Mr. Mejia stated. “Right now we are always in the market. It has been beneficial to see how the whole network works.”