News

News: United States of America

USSEC Holds Aquaculture Advisory Council Meeting, Participates in Seafood Expo North America in Boston

Monday, April 3, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News United States of America 
USSEC participated in the 2017 Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America in Boston, Massachusetts from March 17 -21. On March 17, USSEC held its Aquaculture…

USSEC participated in the 2017 Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America in Boston, Massachusetts from March 17 -21.

On March 17, USSEC held its Aquaculture Advisory Council Meeting. Attendees heard a summary of USSEC’s aquaculture program, key issues, and council strategy recommendations. The first council meeting was reviewed, along with USSEC’s implementation of recommended strategies, followed by a discussion of strategy implementation.

Sector updates were provided for many topics, including: shrimp; marine fish; freshwater fish; aquafeed; sustainability certification; basic research; and applied research. A discussion about industry challenges and opportunities, “What Can the Soy Industry Do to Best Move the Needle Forward?” followed.

American Soybean Association (ASA) director Jeff Sollars and United Soybean Board (USB) director Robert White traveled to Boston to participate in the Seafood Expo North America from March 19-21.

Iowa Soybean Association director Randy Souder, USB director Robert White, and ASA director Jeff Sollars worked at the USSEC booth

According to its website, Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America is North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market.

The USSEC booth promoted the inclusion of U.S. Soy products in aquafeed.

USSEC Attends 2017 Commodity Classic

Monday, March 6, 2017
Category Event followup General News United States of America 
USSEC attended the 2017 Commodity Classic, “Farmer Up!,” from March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas. The Commodity Classic is generally regarded as the largest farmer-led…

USSEC attended the 2017 Commodity Classic, “Farmer Up!,” from March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas. The Commodity Classic is generally regarded as the largest farmer-led and farmer-focused convention and trade show in the U.S. The convention provides opportunities for growers, member associations, agribusinesses, and media to scope out new products and connect with each other.

USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA Brent Babb is interviewed by AgDay broadcaster Michelle Rook

At the USSEC booth

USSEC Stakeholder Relations Manager Will McNair, USSEC Project Manager – Animal Nutrition/Meal Abby Rinne, USSEC Stakeholder Relations Coordinator Eric Gibson, and USSEC Chairman Jim MIller man the USSOY.org booth

Speaker Eve Turow chats with USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, USB director Bob Metz, USSEC and ASA director Kevin Scott, and USSEC and USB director Derek Haigwood

 

In addition to hosting a booth, USSEC also hosted a reception prior to the ASA banquet on Friday evening. About 85 people attended the U.S. Soy Family Gathering. Attendees included U.S. Soy grower leaders along with leadership from Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs), ASA, and USB.

“The reception provided a good opportunity for the U.S. Soy family to meet and network before the ASA banquet,” said USSEC Stakeholder Relations Manager Will McNair.

USSEC chairman Jim Miller thanks participants for attending the U.S. Soy Family Gathering in San Antonio

A Spanish guitarist and marimba player entertained attendees at the USSEC reception

USSEC Holds Board Meeting in San Antonio

Monday, March 6, 2017
Category Event followup General News United States of America 
USSEC held its board meeting on February 28 in San Antonio, Texas. The board of directors discussed issues pertinent to the U.S. Soy industry, before listening to a review…

USSEC held its board meeting on February 28 in San Antonio, Texas.

The board of directors discussed issues pertinent to the U.S. Soy industry, before listening to a review and adjustment of strategy, given by USSEC Chief Program Officer Ed Beaman.

In addition to his CEO report, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter provided an update on internally managed funds (IMF) funded projects. USSEC Communications Manager Lisa Humphreys provided an update on the content marketing strategy, including the re-launch of USSOY.org.

The board also covered public and operational policy, hearing reports from each committee: executive, audit & budget, membership/industry relations, and governance.

On March 1, the USSEC executive committee also had joint meetings with both the American Soybean Association (ASA) and United Soybean Board (USB) executive committees.