A group of twelve selected Russian and Romanian customers attended USSEC training from October 19 – 23 at the University Politechnica of Madrid under the coordination of USSEC course director Gonzalo Mateos. The training’s goal was to educate Eastern European customers in new advances in feed ingredients, focusing on key sources of proteins used in animal feeding: soybean meal, full fat soybean meal and soy concentrates.
In addition to learning about the latest advances in raw materials quality, students had the opportunity to understand Spain’s experience in feed quality control under EU laws and regulations. Field visits were organized as well visits to representative companies from Andalusia, including INALSA (one of the largest independent feed mills in Spain) and COVAP (the second largest dairy feed mill in the country).
Dr. Aurelian Zarnescu of Banvit FNC, Romania said, “During this week we learned valuable knowledge regarding evaluation of raw materials and about the current EU Assurance and Quality Control Systems in the feed industry. The visit to the laboratories of the Inalsa and Covap Feed Mills was the perfect opportunity at the right time for us to reinforce what we are currently implementing: the raw materials quality control systems in our countries. Meantime, the whole event was a unique opportunity to meet and interact and exchange information with our Spanish and Russian feed industry colleagues. We appreciate USSEC’s efforts to put together these technical events, supporting the development of our feed industries.”
Russian participants were excited to be given an opportunity to combine theoretical classes with laboratory exercises and field visits.
Dr. Vladimir Galetsky, deputy director for innovations at one of the largest Russian feed mills, Gatchinsky KKZ, reported that the training provided very useful practical advice and “take home” messages. He was happy to interact and discuss many important feed quality issues and modern feeding practices with EU colleagues. Dr. Galetsky added, “Organizing such trainings by USSEC is very important for Russian customers as the country’s soy demand is growing”.
“Shortly after I returned home from the USSEC training, I started to update our quality control system with the latest knowledge gained at the UPM. Thanks to this new experience and valuable information, we are able to better understand how to monitor the quality of the soybean meal,” commented Ekaterina Varfolomeeva, quality control manager at one of largest pig integrators in the Kaliningrad region.
Dr. Mateos concluded, “Providing education and technical support to soy customers is one of the most efficient ways to demonstrate the value of U.S. Soy and maintain relationships with our customers. We always have very good feedback from students who attend the USSEC training classes and this is expected to lead to a potential increase in U.S. Soy demand from European countries
The most recent issue of USDA Oilseeds Markets and Trade highlights the rapid transition in India from soybean meal exporter to domestic consumer. Although the country was once a significant regional exporter of soybean meal, India is unlikely to regain export market share in the coming year. India’s domestic use of soybean products has been expanding. Historically, the country consumed the oil and exported excess meal. Growth in domestic poultry and egg production has increased the demand for protein meal. Rising demand for soybean meal has coincided with a drop in soybean production, tightening supplies and pushing local prices significantly above world levels.
This has led to a decline in Indian soybean meal exports, particularly to distant markets. Last year, nearly half of the exports went by surface trade to neighboring markets, primarily Bangladesh and Pakistan. Yet these rapidly growing markets are seeking alternative suppliers, purchasing not only more affordable soybean meal but also soybeans. India’s strong domestic use and declining export prospects appear likely to continue into the future, potentially ending its status as a net exporter. These circumstances may provide opportunities for the United States and South America to expand shipments to Asia.
Adding to the above report, USSEC Deputy Regional Director – ASC Dr. P.E. Vijay Anand stated that the human food and the aquaculture industries also depend on soy products as protein sources in addition to the poultry and egg production sectors. Recently, the use of texturized soy products (TSP) and other soy flour variants used in the human food industry has grown significantly. Increasing prices of vegetables and all time high prices of pulses further fuels the growth. Consumers are drawn towards the fact that TSP can be obtained at a quarter of the cost of pulses and with twice the protein content. On the aquaculture front, 15-20 percent growth in the shrimp industry has led to increased feed production and soy consumption. Inconsistent supply and the high cost of fishmeal have also contributed to the increased use of soy meal. The freshwater fish feed industry that relies solely on plant protein sources is another consistent user of soy meal. Soy usage in the feed and food industries will continue and lead to more domestic utilization of India’s soy production.
The USSEC website, USSEC.org, underwent a major refresh last week.
The new site not only boasts a fresher, cleaner appearance, but the content is also significantly reorganized to better focus on USSEC’s mission of optimizing the utilization and value of U.S. Soy in international markets by meeting the needs of its stakeholders and global customers.
“The new site makes it easier for stakeholders and customers of U.S. Soy to find out more about USSEC. Some of the improved features include providing easy access to USSEC contacts, delivering even more resources about the benefits of U.S. Soy, and providing information about our regions in a more organized way,” says USSEC Communications Manager Lisa (Pine) Humphreys.
“We definitely want everyone to take a look at the new site, but more than that, we want them to use it as a tool to find out more about USSEC and U.S. Soy.”
The About USSEC page at the refreshed USSEC.org website provides site users with a quick snapshot of the organization’s purpose.
A look at USSEC’s vision, mission and strategy helps visitors to better grasp USSEC’s objective, while a breakdown of the organization’s core values helps stakeholders and customers to see how USSEC’s culture is shaped and its goals are realized.
Please click here to read About USSEC.
USSEC.org’s new directory section features a comprehensive listing of members, regions and staff.
The member directory lists USSEC’s members, organized by allied or exporter class. Member information, such as website or contact information, is listed.
The regions section lists USSEC representation by region and country, while the USSEC team directory lists USSEC’s board of directors, contractors and its headquarters staff.
USSEC Communications Manager Lisa (Pine) Humphreys explains, “We wanted to make it easier for our customers and stakeholders to easily get in touch with the right person. Because we’re a global organization, sometimes that can be a little challenging, so we wanted to make that process faster and more efficient for everyone.”
The regions page at USSEC.org gives website users much more than just a quick overview of each of the six global USSEC regions.
The new regions section provides an enormous amount of information to customers and stakeholders such as USSEC contact information, news, events and resources specific to that region. Maps show which countries have a USSEC presence.
Many of the resources are available in various languages.
The regions section of the refreshed USSEC.org website, similar to the events and resources sections, works with easy-to-use filters that help users to quickly categorize information to find what they’re looking for.
Please click here to visit the new regions page at USSEC.org.
The revamped resources section at USSEC.org allows users to easily search for and locate pertinent information by providing an option to apply a filter when searching.
Users can sort through categories including animal utilization, aquaculture, biotech, human consumption, sustainability, and transportation, among others. Customers and stakeholders also have the ability to choose resource media types such as videos, infographics, websites and whitepapers, just to name a few.
Give it a try by clicking here.
The events section at USSEC.org experienced a total overhaul during the site refresh, allowing customers and stakeholders to see such happenings as meetings, conferences and seminars at a glance.
Upcoming events can easily viewed on a monthly calendar, conveniently color-coded by region. Events can also be filtered so that a user views only the regions for which he or she is searching.
Clicking on an event provides more detailed information, including USSEC contact information and specific location
Try out the new events page by clicking here.
USSEC’s rating is based on its processes, including its Unified Export Strategy (UES), which the organization has worked hard to continuously improve.
Mr. Sutter stated that USSEC received higher FY16 allocations from both the Foreign Market Development (FMD) and Market Access Program (MAP). “This is very impressive not only because we received more money, but there was more competition for the money,” he wrote in an email.
USSEC’s International Soy in Aquaculture Program has announced the establishment of an Aquaculture Industry Advisory Council that will contribute valuable input to the development of long-term strategies for the program’s support of sustainable aquaculture development. The Advisory Council held its first meeting at the Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) conference in Vancouver, on October 26.
“We are honored to have the participation of such visionary leaders in various aquaculture sectors, including feed, research and sustainability certification,” said Colby Sutter, USSEC marketing director of aquaculture/customer focus. “Their combined knowledge and insight of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry today will help our program to best support the sustainable growth of global aquaculture.”
Dr. Michael Cremer, who recently retired after more than 30 years with USSEC’s aquaculture program, will serve on the council as an adviser. Last March, Dr. Cremer was honored by the United Soybean Board (USB) with the Outstanding Achievement Award for his dedicated work with moving global aquaculture to a largely feed-based, more efficient and sustainable industry.
Other Advisory Council members include researchers Dr. Rick Barrows, USDA/ARS, and Dr. Jesse Chappell, Auburn University; Dan Lee, Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices program; Jose Villalon, Nutreco; Magdalena Wallhoff, Regal Springs; Jose Antonio Camposano, National Chamber of Aquaculture, Ecuador; Neil Sims, Kampachi Farms; and Sebastian Belle, Maine Aquaculture Association.
“The soy industry has done so much for aquaculture, and we have all benefited from their efforts,” said Mr. Belle. “Personally, I feel that it’s a privilege to be able to serve on the council and help them continue their work.”
“The first Advisory Council meeting surpassed our expectations for valuable input from these aquaculture industry leaders,” said USSEC CEO Jim Sutter. “We very much appreciate their participation, and that of soybean grower leaders Ron Moore and Jacob Parker, and feel that it will have a significant impact on our efforts gong forward.”
USSEC is holding the second of its series of three regional meetings this week in St. Louis. Meeting participants include stakeholders, regional representatives, and USSEC staff and contractors.
The first meetings, which took place last week, focused on North Asia and Southeast Asia. This week’s meetings are centered on Europe, Middle East/North Africa (MENA) and the Asian Subcontinent (ASC). The final series of meetings, which will take place in December, will focus on the Americas region.
The United Soybean Board’s (USB) new Long Range Strategic Plan went into effect on October 1 and USSEC’s regional meetings are designed to ensure that USSEC’s projects are aligned with the needs of its funding source.
Topics covered will include strategic landscapes such as a review of the global soy trade; funding; the outlook and strategic implications on various trade agreements; perspectives from the supply and demand side; a strategic review of how USSEC incorporates its founders and industry; how Global Utilization Plans (GUPs) are relevant to strategy in meal, oil, aquaculture and market access; and an assessment of regional markets. Discussions include how to best meet stakeholders’ needs; program building; project management discussions; and leadership topics.
The USA Pavilion closed its doors Saturday night as Milan EXPO 2015 ended. A whopping six million people visited the USA Pavilion between May 1 and October 31. Over 140 countries participated in the World Fair.
The USA Pavilion showcased the idea “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” and spotlighted American leadership on issues such as food security and policy, technology, nutrition and health, and culinary culture. The USA Pavilion focused on the United States as an innovator not only in the food sector, but also in many aspects of culture, science, and business.
USSEC was a partner in the Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015. The friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015 was the private sector partner that worked with the U.S. government to develop and implement an official U.S. presence at the Expo, which ran from May 1 through October 31. The partnership’s mission was to conceive, design, fundraise for and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015.
USSEC’s participation was a part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Global Broad-based Initiative (GBI) on sustainability. USSEC acts as the lead in a sustainability alliance consisting of twelve USDA cooperators representing agriculture, forestry and fisheries through the U.S. Sustainability Alliance (USSA).
For more information, please visit https://www.thesustainabilityalliance.us.
American Soybean Association (ASA) director Bret Davis and United Soybean Board (USB) director C.D. Simmons had the opportunity to visit Indian soybean farms when they were in the country to attend the Soy Partnership Summit in July.
The farm visits, according to USSEC Deputy Regional Lead – ASC Vijay Anand, are an excellent way for farmers to communicate and learn from each other. The visits took place on a rainy day when the crop was about 30 – 40 days old.
The U.S farmers provided Indian farmers with information about technology and farming systems that they use at home and had several questions to ask the Indian farmers with the help of USSEC’s India consultants, who served as translators. Mr. Davis and Mr. Simmons shared pictures and videos of their farms, which was a very effective way to communicate. “Language and culture were not a barrier,” explains Dr. Anand.
Grower leaders were provided with an opportunity to learn about Indian soy farming systems, which also served as a platform for them to make their own assessments on the Indian soy situation, future opportunities and take back information.
Dr. Anand says, “These interactions will be useful in broader strategy planning and market assessments by different stake-holding sectors of the U.S. Soy industry.”
A USSEC aquaculture team from Myanmar recently attended an extrusion technology short course at the Food Protein Research & Development Center (FPRDC) at Texas A & M University.
Dr. Mian Riaz, director of the FPRDC, led the team through the four-day course, teaching them extrusion processes and the advantage of different soybean products. The team saw multiple demonstrations of feed extrusion on each extruder and expender at the center.
USSEC participated in the 55th European Commodities Exchange in Barcelona, Spain on October 15 and 16. This was USSEC’s first time participating as an exhibitor in this exclusive major grain and oilseed trade event in Europe. Importers, exporters, crushers, feed industry, milling industry, freight companies, and surveyors; basically, all the key players in the European grain and oilseeds industry, attended the event.
For the soy value chain, senior level managers represented all of the major companies, including Bunge, Cargill, ADM, Dreyfus, Nidera, Noble, Glencore, Cefetra, BTG Patual, Gavilon, CHS, CME Group, and FCStone. Nearly 3000 people, mostly from Europe but also from the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, and North Africa, attended as registered visitors.
USSEC’s centrally located booth provided a great opportunity for meeting old and new contacts. More than 400 people, representing the main feed and meat companies in Europe as well as crushers and importers, stopped by the booth to learn about USSEC. The highlight of the visit was the opportunity to meet with two U.S. Soy grower leaders, Belinda Burrier, United Soybean Board (USB) director from Union Bridge, Maryland and Willard Jack, American Soybean Association (ASA) director from Belzoni, Mississippi. Meeting real soybean farmers directly and learning first-hand about American producers’ commitment to growing high quality and sustainably produced soybeans was an invaluable takeaway for everyone who stopped by the exhibit. Brent Babb, USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA and USSEC regional consultants Eugene Philhower and Lola Herrera also staffed the booth. Albert Roda and his Inspectia team provided important help and support for the entire event.
This show was a great opportunity to talk and share information with the industry about subjects that are important to USSEC stakeholders, including U.S. soybean meal value, sustainability, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and many other issues. Equally important was the opportunity to learn the issues of interest to USSEC’s customers, consumers and distributors.
USSEC plans on participating next year’s event in Turin, Italy.
USSEC, together with the ETOS feed company, recently hosted about fifty dairymen and field nutrition advisors at a dairy nutrition seminar in Poland with the goal of educating the key players in the Polish dairy industry on the newest achievements in dairy nutrition and feed science. USSEC has partnered with ETOS, the Polish importer and distributor of U.S. manufactured bypass soybean meal, for more than two years.
Dr. Thomas Tylutki, president of AMTS LLC and a former professor at Cornell University’s school of dairy nutrition, was the main speaker. In his comprehensive presentation, Dr. Tylutki explained how to optimize feeding protein to high-producing dairy cows, focusing on formulating digestive amino acids, where lysine and methionine are of primary importance, and paying attention to the high quality of protein-rich feedstuffs utilized in such diets.
USSEC Technical Director – Northeast Europe Jerzy Kosieradzki and Piotr Chelminiak, ETOS dairy products manager, built upon the main lecture by pointing to top quality bypass proteins, preferably reliable soy bypass products, as truly necessary to maximize the utilization of the feed amino acids by the animal’s body, thus highlighting the importance of AminoPlus as a good provider of these nutrients. They also stressed the importance of energy in soy-based products fed to dairy cows, such as top quality soymeal, roasted soybeans or bypass soy, especially of that of U.S. origin.
Other speakers included Professor Maciek Kowalski of Krakow (Poland) Agricultural University, whose presentation included information about etiology and prevention of subclinical rumen acidosis as a way to explain the depths of proper dairy nutrition as a way to success in a dairy operation.
As a practical follow-up on the completed seminar, Dr. Thomas Tylutki visited a couple of large, progressive dairy farms, including AGROPOL in west-central Poland owned by the Gasiorek family, who attended the seminar, to evaluate their feeding program and advise on how to implement in practice the many great nutritional and feed making ideas that were taught at the USSEC/ETOS event.
Dr. Tylutki stated, “It was my first visit to Poland, the country where my parents came from, and it was a great professional and private adventure. It was my privilege to speak to such a distinguished representation of the Polish dairy industry and share with them the most up-to-date achievements in dairy cattle nutrition, which should help them make most of their efforts. And I hope U.S. Soy benefited from this outstanding professional meeting as well.”
USSEC Southeast Asia Technical Director – Aquaculture Lukas Manomaitis worked with USSEC’s Southeast Asia (SEA) team to complete the first aquaculture formulation workshop series in SEA at seven locations in five nations: Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. The series marked the rollout of the new Asian Aquaculture Formulation Database (AAFFD), the first time that USSEC worked with its new formulation program cooperator (Adifo’s Bestmix), and the first time that USSEC held workshops for aquaculture formulators using an aquaculture specific database.
The formulations done at the workshop covered nine species, some at several life stages, including tilapia, carp, African catfish, Pangasius, white shrimp, Asian sea bass, milkfish, grouper, and pompano. Formulations were done using local ingredient prices and qualities, and USSEC worked with the audience to get formulation applicable to local conditions.
Participation feedback was very positive with attendees showing that they found the information presented valuable and that they increased their understanding of USSEC’s activities in the feedmill industry such as discussing the value, utility and use of U.S. Soy products.
The “Stage I Final AAFFD Database” is available online and can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/AAFFD.
USSEC plans to make these formulation workshops a yearly event, with three to four per year, as the AAFFD incorporates the issues, suggestions and lessons learned from site use. The AAFFD will be one of USSEC’s key programs moving forward to directly target the use of U.S. Soy products in SEA aquaculture.
USSEC recently organized and conducted the International Seminar on New Options for Water Management in Dry Seasons in Medellin, Colombia. More than 120 people representing fish producers were invited by USSEC and attended this conference. Most participants are involved in trout and tilapia production with operations around the country.
USSEC consultant Jairo Amezquita opened the seminar with his lecture, “USSEC’s Role in the Development of Aquaculture in Latin America.” He emphasized the current situation of the industry at several levels, including world, Latin America (LATAM) and Colombia; and opportunities to diversify with new species. He also talked about statistics and trial results with U.S. soybean meal (SBM), U.S. soybean protein concentrate (SPC) and isolate (IP) incorporated in fish feeds, and clarified some genetic concepts. USSEC consultant Gustavo Parada presented different themes related to water recirculation and oxygenation, where he emphasized the current necessity for the improvement of environmental conditions for the fish. At the end of his presentation, he was contacted by many participants to request more information about how to improve fair practices management and contraction of this kind of systems.
Mr. Amezquita and Mr. Parada also visited two trout production farms to provide technical service about the new technologies of water management available to improve production. They gave several recommendations about the management of oxygen levels and options to increase these levels to improve the water conditions and the growth of the trout, in order to improve the production and the profitability of the farm.
USSEC is attending the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) conference in Vancouver, Canada from October 26-28.
A USSEC Aquaculture Industry Advisory Council Meeting took place on October 26. Topics covered included an overview of USSEC’s aquaculture strategy, global aquaculture industry updates, research priorities and advisory council recommendations.