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Haigwood Wins Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award

Monday, December 7, 2015
Category General News 
USSEC and United Soybean Board (USB) director Derek Haigwood and his wife Shannon won the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2015 Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement…

USSEC and United Soybean Board (USB) director Derek Haigwood and his wife Shannon won the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2015 Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award. Farm Bureau honored the couple at its 81st annual convention in Little Rock on December 3.

USSEC director Derek Haigwood and his wife Shannon accept the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2015 YF&R Achievement Award

USSEC director Derek Haigwood and his wife Shannon accept the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2015 YF&R Achievement Award on December 3

The Haigwoods are a fourth generation row-crop farm family and grow soybeans, rice, corn and cotton on 3,130 acres in Newport, Arkansas. They want to leave a sustainable farming legacy for their three-year-old son, Judah.

“I’m passionately involved with making sure my son has the tools necessary to farm. No one is going to take better care of the ground that I farm,” Mr. Haigwood stated. “It’s where I make my living, so who better to protect it than the farmers? Receiving this recognition is an incredible honor.”

USSEC Holds Aqua Investment Conference in Dubai

Monday, November 30, 2015
Category General News Middle East / North Africa 
USSEC organized the first USSEC Regional Aqua Investment Conference – MENA from November 20-23 at the Grosvenor House in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for regional fish…

USSEC organized the first USSEC Regional Aqua Investment Conference – MENA from November 20-23 at the Grosvenor House in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for regional fish producers.

The activity started with one-on-one meetings in Egypt, followed by a two-day seminar in Dubai, followed by two days of one-on-one meetings in Turkey.

More than 80 participants from 10 different countries attended the conference. Participants hailed from major aquaculture producers and aquaculture feed millers in Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Speakers from different parts of the world included American Soybean Association (ASA) director Jeff Sollars; United Soybean Board (USB) director Robert Stobaugh; USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA Brent Babb; Muntaser Dawwas, CEO, Invest Bank; USSEC Marketing Director – International Aquaculture / Customer Focus Colby Sutter; Mian Riaz, Director, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University; Michael Martin, Regional Sales Director, Insta-Pro International; Tim O’Keefe, President, Aqua-Food Technologies, Inc.; G. Ramesh, Technical Sales Advisor, Aqua Feed Division, Wenger Manufacturing Inc.; Djamal Djouhri, CEO, Al Ghurair Resources; and USSEC consultant Sirri Kayhan.

 USSEC has a long-time relationship with Texas A&M University and sends participants from all over the world to attend aqua feed extrusion short courses offered by the Food Protein Research and Development Center in College Station, Texas. USSEC also has long-term relationship with Insta-Pro International, Wenger Manufacturing Inc, and Aqua-Food Technologies, Inc., where all parties cooperate to develop the international markets of soybeans and soybean products.

Information provided by the speakers included: update of USSEC’s global aquaculture programs; starting aquafeed production with small-scale, scalable extrusion plant; overview of aqua feed production; cost effective feed formulations in challenging economic times; managing the feed business around formulation; new advances in aqua feed extrusion technologies; investment opportunities in MENA’s aquaculture industry; financing and funding options by banks and investment funds for aquaculture projects; finance opportunities for the aquaculture industry; aquaculture developments in Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia; and success stories.

Insta-Pro’s Michael Martin commented, “The high level of audience participation and networking was a measure of the success of the event, which comes at a time when countries throughout the region are expanding their seafood production in response to consumer demand and food security concerns. Representing Insta-Pro International, a member of USSEC, I appreciated the opportunity to present Insta-Pro’s aquafeed technology to this high-level audience. As often happens at this type of event, the networking opportunities were as valuable as the presentations themselves.”

He also congratulated the USSEC team’s efforts on a “first-class event that will assist aquaculture operators in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa to plan for the future and expand their operations, which will inevitably raise demand for U.S. Soy.”

G. Ramesh of Wenger stated, “Wenger has been a proud member of USSEC since its inception and we continue to enjoy the partnership in promoting the use of soy via extrusion processing across several food and feed related industries.” He continued, “The recent 1st Regional Aqua Investment Conference organized by the USSEC MENA regional office in Dubai was the latest example of the opportunities provided through this cooperation. The aquaculture industry in this region has shown significant signs of growth, and this conference provided a forum to educate participants in the benefits of soy inclusion in these extruded feeds.”

USB director Robert Stobaugh gives a presentation at the USSEC’s aqua investment conference in Dubai

USB director Robert Stobaugh gives a presentation at the USSEC’s aqua investment conference in Dubai

 

ASA director Jeff Sollars

ASA director Jeff Sollars

 

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 Northeast 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

First U.S. Soybean Sustainability Certificates for Latin America Issued

Monday, November 30, 2015
Category Americas General News 
USSEC Exporters Class Member Bunge issued the very first sustainability certificate for the Americas region on November 5. A volume of 18,506 metric tons (MT) of U.S.…
Certificate of Sustainability issued to Bunge Central America, LTD

Certificate of Sustainability issued to Bunge Central America, LTD

USSEC Exporters Class Member Bunge issued the very first sustainability certificate for the Americas region on November 5. A volume of 18,506 metric tons (MT) of U.S. soybean meal was exported onboard the ship MV DK IONE on November 3, from Bunge’s facilities at Destrehan, Louisiana, heading to Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala. Central America is a region with a solid and very competitive market where imports in FY15 grew to 1,050 million metric tons (MMT) of soybean meal, and over 330 thousand metric tons (TMT) of soybeans.

Bunge Central America, LTD CEO Luis de la Cruz stated, “It has been a great pleasure working hand in hand with USSEC Americas in this process; we are definitely committed to continue sharing the U.S. soybean sustainability message so as to best service our mutual customer base in Guatemala – our headquarters for Central America – and further into the region, while supplying them with such a resource as the sustainability certificates.” He added, “The communication and exchange of information with USSEC’s team proved invaluable. . .we are glad to add value to our relevant chains, USSEC’s membership, and – most of all – to our customers.”

About 70 percent of the volume of U.S. soybean meal in the cargo goes to Grupo Importador de Guatemala, a purchasing pool made by four core customers in the country.

“We are very satisfied to receive the first U.S. soybean sustainability certificates ever in the region, which are of most interest and use for the end customers in Guatemala,” said Ronald Perez, the pool purchasing representative. The pool includes leader feed processors, and poultry and egg producers: COMAYMA, FRISA, Plantaciones del Sur and PROAVISA.

“This is a first and firm step into most actively communicating the sustainability message of U.S. soybeans and issuing the U.S. sustainability certificates in the Americas region,” remarked Pablo Viglierchio, Bunge’s Execution and Operation Manager for the region. He shared that Bunge expects to issue other certificates for the region “in the very near future per our line-up of U.S. soybean product exports to El Salvador and Panama in Central America and Colombia in South America, with other countries to soon follow.”

Luis de la Cruz (left) and Pablo Viglierchio (right) of Bunge

Luis de la Cruz (left) and Pablo Viglierchio (right) of Bunge

USSEC Participates in Feeds.Pro Conference in Russia

Monday, November 30, 2015
Category General News Greater Europe 
USSEC participated in the Feeds.Pro conference in St. Petersburg, Russia from November 4-6. This conference, organized by the Sfera Company, was a follow-up to the June…

USSEC participated in the Feeds.Pro conference in St. Petersburg, Russia from November 4-6. This conference, organized by the Sfera Company, was a follow-up to the June 2015 World Soy Feeds Congress. At that time, USSEC received several inquiries from its Russian industry colleagues to discuss two hot topics, alternative feed ingredients and fish feed formulations.

USSEC consultant Dr. Iani Chihaia presented two papers to about 150 industry delegates. His presentations generated a vivid dialogue about the role and quality of soy in achieving high performance and how soy products should be used in animal feeding, especially in fish feeds.

“Russia aims to become self-sufficient in foodstuff supplies and to increase animal protein production,” stated Olga Palenova, conference chairman and organizer. “The interest in high efficacy feed ingredients and their feeding application is growing. This year, we’ve received a number of inquiries from industry colleagues interested in fish feed production as a result of the emerging development of aquaculture in Russia. Our feed technologists are highly interested in fish feed ingredients usage and in feed extrusion technology. Thanks to USSEC’s efforts and participations, our conference brought many answers in this regard,” Mrs. Palenova said.

During the two-day event, USSEC consultants Dr. Chihaia and Dr. Maria Domoroshchenkova gave three technical presentations, proving the commitment of U.S. Soy farmers to Russian soy customers and end users. The event was an excellent opportunity to interact with industry professionals from commercial feed, poultry and swine integrations, fish farms and trading companies.

“After interacting with our Russian colleagues, I believe that the use of alternative feed ingredients seems to be in many cases more challenging than a promising, realistic possibility, since high quality and high digestible amino acids profile from soy is not easy to replace in animal diets without sacrificing performance. However, the Russian feed industry should consider any possibility, with pros and cons,” Dr. Chihaia remarked.

“Meanwhile, we have to stay close and follow the Russian fish industry’s forecasted growth for the next year. Development of fish farms in Russia is part of the country’s goal to increase self-reliance and boost growth. Soybean meal, soy oil and soy protein concentrates are key raw materials for fish feed production and this will potentially generate U.S. Soy exports,” Dr. Chihaia concluded.

Conference participants listened with interest to both of Dr. Chihaia’s presentations regarding the promises and challenges of using alternative ingredients in animal feed and about fish feed formulation techniques.  During conference breaks, participants visited the USSEC booth and picked up information about the quality of U.S. Soy.

Conference participants listened with interest to both of Dr. Chihaia’s presentations regarding the promises and challenges of using alternative ingredients in animal feed and about fish feed formulation techniques. During conference breaks, participants visited the USSEC booth and picked up information about the quality of U.S. Soy.

USSEC consultants Dr. Maria Domoroshchenkova and Dr. Iani Chihaia interacted with conference participants during presentations

USSEC consultants Dr. Maria Domoroshchenkova and Dr. Iani Chihaia interacted with conference participants during presentations

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

Monday, November 30, 2015
Category General News Northeast Asia 
USSEC hosted the annual U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference in Seoul, South Korea on November 13th. The conference was attended by 61 members of the purchasing and technical…

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

USSEC is Participating in ISGA Mission to the EU

Monday, November 16, 2015
Category General News 
United Soybean Board (USB) chairman Bob Haselwood, USSEC board member and ASA secretary Ron Moore, USSEC Marketing Director – Market Access/Freedom to Operate…

United Soybean Board (USB) chairman Bob Haselwood, USSEC board member and ASA secretary Ron Moore, USSEC Marketing Director – Market Access/Freedom to Operate Roz Leeck, and USSEC consultants Benno van der Laan and David Green will take part in the International Soybean Growers Alliance (ISGA) mission to the EU from November 14-22. The USSEC team will attend meetings in East Midlands, UK; Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin and Bonn, Germany; and Brussels, Belgium.logo_ISGA_cmyk_tm-01

U.S. and South American soybean farmers will discuss biotechnology acceptance and the implications of biotech approval delays with government officials, industry partners and other key influencers in Europe. U.S and South American farmers represent more than 95 percent of the world’s soybean exports. Although they normally battle for international market share, they work together through the ISGA to advocate for a science-based and more predictable biotech approval process.

“Soybeans are part of a global market,” said Mr. Haselwood. “We need a collaborative effort across the U.S., South America and the European Union to work toward timely approvals for new biotech traits. These traits will help us continue to supply a safe, reliable and abundant food supply for the world’s consumers.”

A study released during an ISGA trade mission earlier this year showed that a three-year postponement in global approval of biotech-enhanced soybean traits any time in the next 10 years would cost farmers and consumers nearly $19 billion, compared with typical approval timelines.

“The global supply chain is a powerful economic engine that benefits not only farmers and consumers but also stakeholders at each stage in between,” Mr. Moore stated. “The soybeans we grow create jobs in the U.S. and in each of our export markets. These economic benefits can’t be fully realized without a fully functioning biotech approval process.”

 

USSEC Participates in Trade Talk 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015
Category General News 
USSEC participated in Trade Talk 2015, which took place during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s (NAFB) 72nd convention, “Growing our Future to Harvest…

USSEC participated in Trade Talk 2015, which took place during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s (NAFB) 72nd convention, “Growing our Future to Harvest our Success.”

USSEC chairman Laura Foell, USSEC vice chair Jim Miller, USSEC director Bob Metz, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter and USSEC communications manager Lisa (Pine) Humphreys traveled to Kansas City to attend the centerpiece event of the NAFB national convention. The USSEC delegation provided insight on last year’s export data and why U.S. soybeans have a competitive advantage in the global market. The team also talked about USSEC’s mission to help differentiate and build preference for U.S. Soy in international markets.

USSEC director Bob Metz (right) gives an interview about U.S. Soy exports at the Trade Talk event in Kansas City

USSEC director Bob Metz (right) gives an interview about U.S. Soy exports at the Trade Talk event in Kansas City

Trade Talk connects the ag industry with member broadcasters to discuss issues and topics important to their organizations, associations and companies. The event provides leaders in the agricultural industry with opportunities for networking and connecting with farm broadcasters. More than 100 broadcasters circulate among participants during the 6.5-hour event.

Exports Account for 59 Percent of U.S. Soy Demand

Monday, November 16, 2015
Category General News 
In the 2014/15 marketing year, the United States exported more than 2.3 billion bushels of U.S. Soy, valued at more than $27 billion. According to the U.S. Department of…

In the 2014/15 marketing year, the United States exported more than 2.3 billion bushels of U.S. Soy, valued at more than $27 billion.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the final export total for the most recent marketing year, which ended September 30, includes more than 1.8 billion bushels of whole U.S. soybeans, meal from 552 million bushels of U.S. soybeans and oil from 172 million bushels.

Top buyers of whole U.S. soybeans in 2014/2015 include:

  • China: 1.084 billion bushels
  • Mexico: 130 million bushels
  • Japan: 78 million bushels

Top importers of U.S. soybean meal include:

  • Mexico: meal from 85 million bushels of U.S. soybeans
  • Philippines: meal from 66 million bushels
  • Canada: meal from 39 million bushels

Top buyers of U.S. soybean oil include:

  • Mexico: oil from 46 million bushels of U.S. soybeans
  • Dominican Republic: oil from 22 million bushels
  • Peru: oil from 19 million bushels

USSEC’s Know-How Contributes To Growth Of Poland’s Compound Feed Industry

Monday, November 16, 2015
Category General News Greater Europe 
In recent years, USSEC has concentrated many of its efforts on the Polish market. This work is coming to fruition in the form of the constantly growing local compound feed…
The new Golpasz feed mill at Podkonice Duże was built in a wheat field in Central Poland at the crossroads of two major motorways and close to major grain resources and livestock growers

The new Golpasz feed mill at Podkonice Duże was built in a wheat field in Central Poland at the crossroads of two major motorways and close to major grain resources and livestock growers

In recent years, USSEC has concentrated many of its efforts on the Polish market. This work is coming to fruition in the form of the constantly growing local compound feed industry, which serves Poland’s quickly expanding and improving livestock sector. Major growth has been observed in the poultry sector, which feeds over 20 million chickens a year and still buys the majority of its feeds from commercial feed manufacturers. The success rates achieved by the broiler growers include a 38-42 day cycle duration and an average final body weight of 2.5 kilograms. Additionally, feed utilizing per kilogram of those chickens’ growth is 1.6-1.7 kilograms. Last year, Poland’s broiler production increased by 10 percent, while turkey production increased by 15 percent and all poultry exports went up to 40 percent.

The country has seen tremendous growth and improvements in its feed milling sector with many recently modernized or constructed plants. USSEC representatives recently attended opening ceremonies at two super-modern, large feed mills: Golpasz’s mill located at Podkonice Duże in central Poland, which can manufacture up to 300 thousand metric tons of feed a year, and a similar capacity mill built for the Agrocentrum livestock and feed company in the northeastern corner of the country. Employees of both companies have long been involved in various educational activities organized by USSEC in Poland, other European countries, and the U.S., and have often expressed their appreciation for all that the U.S. Soy Farmers do for them.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Golpasz CEO & majority owner Andrzej Warnel and was witnessed by some 4500 people

The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Golpasz CEO & majority owner Andrzej Warnel and was witnessed by some 4500 people

A large portion of the support given by USSEC to its Polish customers comes via the Polish Grain & Feed Chamber, which is a very active and efficient industry association, often working with various policy challenges such as a legal biotech feed ban. USSEC and the Chamber frequently jointly organize various kinds of seminars and conferences for the local agricultural industries as well as policy makers.

From the U.S. soybean industry’s point of view, it is important for the Polish livestock and feed industry to remain a good client for the U.S. soybean meal and bypass soy and concentrates. The latest industry insiders’ reports indicate that a couple of new U.S. Hi-Pro meal vessels have already been contracted for Poland to be delivered later in the current marketing year.

Acting Golpasz - Podkonice Duże managing director Ignacy Przybyłek, Director (middle, with a white tag on his jacket) introduced the guests to the new mill’s production technology

Acting Golpasz – Podkonice Duże managing director Ignacy Przybyłek, Director (middle, with a white tag on his jacket) introduced the guests to the new mill’s production technology

Some of the youngest growers investigated the technological advantages of the modern plant, including poking their heads into the 3 metric tons/hour horizontal mixer

Some of the youngest growers investigated the technological advantages of the modern plant, including poking their heads into the 3 metric tons/hour horizontal mixer

 

USSEC Holds Training Course in New Advances in Feed Ingredients for Russian and Romanian Soy Customers

Monday, November 16, 2015
Category General News Greater Europe 
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…

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

Top Left: Russian participants Dr. Vladimir Galetski and Eng. Ekatherina Varfolomeeva examine different raw materials samples under the microscope Top Middle: The group of training participants was welcomed at the University Politechnica of Madrid, where the classes took place Top Right: Dr. Paloma Rebollar demonstrating soybean meal color measurements Top Left: Dr. Mateos discussing urease activity method with the participants Dr. Roser Sala and Dr. Ana Cristina Baroetta LaJusticia introducing the role of Microscopy in detecting soybean meal adulteration

(Top Left) Russian participants Dr. Vladimir Galetski and Eng. Ekatherina Varfolomeeva examine different raw materials samples under the microscope (Top Middle) The group of training participants was welcomed at the University Politechnica of Madrid, where the classes took place (Top Right) Dr. Paloma Rebollar demonstrating soybean meal color measurements (Bottom Left) Dr. Mateos discussing urease activity method with the participants (Bottom Right) Dr. Roser Sala and Dr. Ana Cristina Baroetta LaJusticia introducing the role of Microscopy in detecting soybean meal adulteration

India’s Dependence on Soybean Products Continues to Expand

Monday, November 16, 2015
Category General News South Asia 
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…

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.

USSEC India Spells Out its Aquaculture Strategy at the 5th International Symposium on Cage Culture in Asia

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Category Aquaculture General News South Asia 
The 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia took place in November 2015 in Cochin, India. USSEC Deputy Regional Director – Asia Subcontinent P.E.…

The 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia took place in November 2015 in Cochin, India.

USSEC Deputy Regional Director – Asia Subcontinent P.E. Vijay Anand and R. Umakanth, USSEC Aquaculture Consultant – India, participated in the symposium as special invitees and knowledge partners.

Dr. S. Ayyappan, director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi opened the symposium, addressing about 300 delegates from India and abroad. He recognized USSEC’s market research and forward strategy for aquaculture and stated that cage farming systems are still in their infancy, so India does not yet have much to showcase to the rest of Asia. He stated, however, that the Indian government is supportive of this sector and urged all stakeholders to speed up implementation so aquaculture production gets further augmented in India.

Dr. Anand spoke on USSEC’s aquaculture technologies

Dr. Anand spoke on USSEC’s aquaculture technologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USSEC was given a key role in the three-day symposium, making lead presentations and participating in strategy discussions. Dr. Anand spoke on “The Indian Aqua Feed Industry and its Support to Cage Farming,” reflecting on the fact that USSEC has played a major role in transforming a significant part of the traditional farming practices into feed-based farming. As a result of this, India has developed the potential to supply 2.8 million tons (MT) of feed of which only 1.54 MT was actually marketed in 2015, relying on 400 thousand metric tons (TMT) of soybean meal. He stated that the capability of Indian feed mills to produce good feed is a ready tool for the development of cage culture in India and that USSEC has ready, tested cage technologies that can be adopted. In his presentation, Dr. Anand referenced USSEC’s Low Volume High Density (LVHD) and ocean cage aquaculture technologies (OCAT) technologies that are ready for use. Some effective models were calculated to project additional fish production that can be brought in if cage farming was to be adopted.

Dr. Anand and Mr. Umakanth also took the opportunity to suggest to the Indian government and the stakeholders that India faces some serious constraints in feed and soy such as lack of feed-consuming fish species; weakness in hatchery technology of new species; low fish consumption; lack of cold chain capabilities; and a lack of technology to produce high value species, still a sizeable farming segment that relies on nutritionally poor feeds and farming system diversification such as cage farming. They concluded by saying that the U.S. Soy industry has helped develop aquaculture technologies and worldwide aquaculture strategies that can be offered to developing countries to help transform their industries onto profitable and sustainable models.

USSEC’s Website Undergoes Major Refresh

Monday, November 9, 2015
Category General News 
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…

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.”

About USSEC Page Gets to the Heart of the Matter

Monday, November 9, 2015
Category General News 
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…

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 Features New Directory Section

Monday, November 9, 2015
Category General News 
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…

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.”

USSEC’s New Regions Page Provides Much More than an Overview

Monday, November 9, 2015
Category General News 
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…

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.

New Resources Section Provides Information Quickly and Easily for USSEC.org Users

Monday, November 9, 2015
Category General News 
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.…

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.

Improved Events Section Makes Planning a Snap

Monday, November 9, 2015
Category General News 
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…

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.