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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
USSEC re-launched its external facing website, USSOY.org, as the primary resource for U.S. Soy content on February 23.
“The goal of the new site,” explains USSEC Communications Manager Lisa Humphreys, “is to become the destination for international end users of U.S. soybeans and soy products.”
The strategy and redesign of USSOY.org has transformed the site into a publishing platform that prominently features new content and is integrated with USSEC’s content marketing strategy.
USSOY.org houses U.S. Soy content published and/or developed by USSEC, including written stories, videos, podcasts, and infographics.
“USSEC creates and aggregates large amounts of content, but we wanted to find a better way to share this with our customers and end users,” says Ms. Humphreys. “The new site let us deliver this content through a ‘need to know’ format and displays these resources in an easily digestible, streamlined manner.”
Writers from the U.S. Soy family, or external authors, are able to contribute content to this continually refreshed publishing platform. If the material is accepted through an approved workflow, the story will be published on the site.
USSOY.org content includes topics and stories that are compelling, relevant, and timely for the U.S. Soy industry. The site’s content is organized into six channels that group articles together and help users to easily find relevant content through sorting. The channels include:
Additionally, USSOY.org helps USSEC to demonstrate and support the U.S. Soy Advantage, a key component of the United Soybean Board’s (USB) Long-Range Strategic Plan (LRSP). The U.S. Soy Advantage is founded on innovation, which is focused on investment in continuous improvement and meeting customer needs. Through USSOY.org, USSEC and the U.S. Soy family are able to create and enhance partnerships that increase the value and preference for U.S. Soy.
USSEC’s fifth annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange will be held in Omaha, Nebraska on August 15, 16, and 17, 2017. The U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange will be held in conjunction with the 14th annual Midwest Specialty Grain Conference and Trade Show and the 6th annual Trade Team Invitational at the CenturyLink Center and the Hilton Omaha. USSEC and the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) are once again teaming up to host their signature event known for its value as well as its exclusive access to qualified international buyers
“As a Nebraska farmer, I am delighted to welcome the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange to my home state,” stated USSEC Chairman Jim Miller. “The GTE is an important networking event for U.S. industry and exporters and provides a fantastic opportunity for the buyers of U.S. Soy to view U.S. agriculture and meet with our farmers face to face.”
The state of Nebraska ranks fifth in production of U.S. Soy. In 2016, Nebraska soybean farmers harvested 305.7 million bushels on 5.3 million acres, worth $2.6 billion.
The U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange is USSEC’s biggest event of the year, bringing together international trade teams and U.S. Soy industry representatives for key discussions and personal networking. Last year, carefully selected delegates from more than 55 countries participated in this unique opportunity. In 2017, USSEC is expecting a large international presence of qualified buyers from both the feed and food sectors.
For more information, contact Will McNair at (314) 413-5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 6, USSEC’s board of directors voted to add Dow AgroSciences, NeCo Seed Farm, and World Food Processing as the organization’s newest members.
USSEC’s members now number 96.
Dow AgroSciences provides a variety of products and services to meet the needs of its customers. The firm’s research with strategic partners is bringing breakthrough and sustainable solutions to the industry such as: innovative hybrids and seed varieties; crop-enhancing traits; crop protection products; vegetation management solutions; residential pest control; turf and ornamental; and healthy oils. The company began in the 1950s as the agricultural unit of The Dow Chemical Company. In 1989, The Dow Chemical Company entered a joint venture with the Elanco Plant Sciences business of Eli Lilly and Company resulting in the formation of DowElanco. In 1997, The Dow Chemical Company acquired 100 percent ownership of the business and renamed it Dow AgroSciences. Today, the organization employs more than 9,000 people worldwide with global sales were $6.4 billion in 2015.
NeCo Seed Farms Inc.
Neco Seed was established in 1978 with the goal of providing a high quality product with good service to form a long-term relationship. The company assists in the production, variety selection, identity preservation, storage, conditioning, and packaging of agricultural products through a network of growers raising specific agricultural products on their farms. NeCo provides this service at various production sites throughout the United States, which each has its own unique characteristics such as various storage capacities/types, freight options, soil types, weather conditions, maturity zones, and conditioning facilities. This enables NeCo to place the customer’s product at the most advantageous site and provides flexibility in satisfying its customers’ needs. NeCo Seeds provides added value and service to its customers through variety testing and selection, contract production, state of the art processing, and by providing a top quality product.
World Food Processing
World Food Processing is a U.S.-based seed to solution supplier of non-GMO seeds, grains ingredients, and food formulations. Having set out to provide protein independence, World Food has successfully designed a seed to solution business model leveraging and optimizing non-GMO seed development and food manufacturing processes. World Food’s products represent whole grains, ingredients, and proteins from soy, pea, pulses, lentils and corn. World Food’s products are always non-GMO and offered in organic. World Food is known for its PURISPea Protein brand of pea protein isolates and is the only manufacturer of pea protein isolates in the United States. Other notable ingredients are Fine Soy Powder Pearl 1000™ and PURISSoy IP non-GMO soy protein isolates and PURISSoy Hexane Free Soy Proteins. World Food Processing uses patented non-GMO and organic plant genetics to provide a vertically integrated closed loop system of services, including seed genetics, seed procurement, grain conditioning, ingredient processing, and food product development. World Food’s system aims to define sustainability, bringing food security and scale in a growing non-GMO and organic food system.
USSEC participated in the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia from January 30 – February 2.
125 guests from 16 countries attended a luncheon hosted by USSEC.
USSEC CEO Jim Sutter welcomed the attendees, and American Soybean Association (ASA) director Brian Ogletree gave a presentation titled, “My Farm & the U.S. Soy Advantage.”
USSEC consultant Dr. Gonzalo Mateos, professor of animal science at the University of Madid, spoke about his research on soybean origin, “Have You Checked Your Soybean’s Pedigree Lately? Evaluating the Nutritive Value of Soybean Meal in Poultry Diets.”
Grower leaders Bob Metz, United Soybean Board (USB) director, and Rusty Smith, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, joined Mr. Ogletree on this mission.
In addition to the luncheon, the team represented the U.S. Soy industry at the USSEC booth and escorted regional trade teams.
The 2017 IPPE convention brought together more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors. The show focuses on innovation, education, global reach, and networking and is regarded as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) has communicated to the White House that the significant trade benefits U.S. farmers have achieved under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be protected as the Trump administration moves forward with plans to renegotiate the agreement.
Please click here to read ASA’s news release.
Upon the Trump administration’s announcement of their intent to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the American Soybean Association (ASA) issued a statement. Please click here to read ASA’s news release.
“USSEC and the U.S. Soy industry will continue to move forward on behalf of U.S. growers – building markets, relationships, and partnerships around the globe,” stated Roz Leeck, USSEC Marketing Director – Market Access / Freedom to Operate.
The High Yield PLUS Quality program was featured in the winter 2016-17 edition of the Future Farmers of America’s (FFA) national magazine, New Horizons.
The HY+Q program is used to receiving soybean samples from farmers and agribusinesses across the U.S., but was surprised to get samples from high school students in Rantoul, Illinois. The program’s goal is to make sure U.S. Soy is the highest quality, highest value and most competitive in the world marketplace.
The students’ soybean samples were compared with other samples submitted from farms in their area and tested for protein (amino acids) and oil content. Then the HY+Q Program sent the students back a report and visited Rantoul High School in April to give a presentation and connect with students on a deeper level. They learned via Webinar from USSEC Regional Director – Southeast Asia Tim Loh about the number of countries that U.S. farmers touch, the value of U.S. soybean exports, growth in U.S. exports, and the Asian soybean market.
John Osthus, HY+Q Program Lead said, “We wanted to build awareness with students about how soybean yield and quality helps local economies and connects them to the world.”
USSEC teamed up with the HY+Q program in 2016 to help soybean farmers, agribusinesses, and the U.S. Soy family join forces in new ways to increase soybean value from seed to feed. This teamwork measures, maps, and spotlights U.S. composition excellence while encouraging continual improvement. Mapping data differently looks deeper into how location and agronomic factors affect composition. The 2016 harvest brought farmers in every soybean production state together with 17 multinational and regional feed companies. USSEC, HY+Q, farmer and industry teamwork helps show everyone the U.S. means business about delivering an unsurpassed product to customers.
To read the article, please click on this link.
USSEC is looking forward to its inaugural International Marketing Dialogue Meeting next week. The first IMD will take place at the Marriott St. Louis Grand on December 5 and 6.
The event, free to USSEC members, will feature overviews from each of the six USSEC regions; a look into planning for the United Soybean Board (USB), the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and USSEC; discussion on what the results of the recent election could mean for international trade; and in-depth economic outlooks for the U.S. Soy industry. Additionally, the meeting will feature breakout sessions outlining USSEC’s marketing sectors: Market Access, Oil/Human Utilization, and Animal and Aqua Utilization. These breakout sessions will provide a look into USSEC’s activities and allow for discussion and input between USSEC members and industry. The insight and guidance from these sessions, and the meeting as a whole, will be used to help plan USSEC’s future programs and focus.
Member participation in this event is key to USSEC’s future planning. The focus of this event is to provide value-added information to USSEC members while giving members the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with other members and industry. The goal of these discussions is to allow USSEC to better serve the U.S. Soy industry.
USSEC looks forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and hearing industry feedback.
Growing and maintaining export markets is essential for U.S. farmers, especially at a time of lower commodity prices and abundant supply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program play a critical role in this effort and offer both farmers and taxpayers an excellent return on investment, according to a new study that looked at program impact over the past four decades.
These agricultural export market development programs have contributed an average annual increase of $8.2 billion – for a total of more than $309 billion – to farm export revenue between 1977 and 2014, the study showed. This equates to an impressive return on investment of 28 to 1.
“These programs have accounted for 15 percent of all the revenue generated by exports for U.S. agriculture over that time. To me, such a positive result is just stunning,” said Dr. Gary Williams, professor of agricultural economics and co-director of the Agribusiness, Food and Consumer Economics Research Center at Texas A&M University, who led the research team.
Other notable findings included:
- As a result of MAP and FMD funding, average annual farm cash income in 2014 was $2.1 billion higher and average annual farm asset value was $1.1 billion higher when compared to 2002.
- The programs increased total average annual U.S. economic output by $39.3 billion, gross domestic product (GDP) by $16.9 billion, and labor income by $9.8 billion over the same time.
- These programs directly created 239,000 new jobs, including 90,000 farm sector jobs.
The U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) plans to launch a new website in the first quarter of 2017. This site, with success stories from numerous USAEDC cooperators, including USSEC, will demonstrate the success of U.S. agricultural exports to a myriad of stakeholders.
USSEC participated in Trade Talk, the centerpiece event of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s National Convention, on November 10 in Kansas City. USSEC and American Soybean Association (ASA) director John Heisdorffer represented USSEC in interviews with member broadcasters, discussing issues and topics important to the U.S. Soy industry.
USSEC’s objectives for NAFB Trade Talk were to position USSEC as a thought leader in the international grain trade by providing context to recent export data for soy products and to demonstrate USSEC’s leadership in maximizing the use and value of U.S. Soy in international markets.
USSEC’s first annual U.S. Soy International Marketing Dialogue (IMD) meeting and workshop will be held on December 5 & 6 at the Marriott St Louis Grand Hotel, St Louis.
This meeting aims to provide U.S. Soy industry stakeholders with a chance to learn more about USSEC’s global efforts and opportunities and offers attendees an opportunity to provide valuable input in the kick off to USSEC’s FY18 planning.
The meeting will consist of:
- World Macro Economic and Agricultural Outlook – presented by Tanner Ehmke –Senior Economist, CoBank
- Soybean of the Future
- Regional Overviews – presented by USSEC regional staff
- Networking Reception and Dinner
- Industry Utilization Area Breakdowns – Market Access Team, Oil/Human Utilization Team and Animal and Aquaculture Feed Utilization
- Industry Feedback forum
- Presentation from USSEC Leadership
Additionally, USSEC invites participants to participate and register for its Industry Utilization Teams. The Industry Utilization Teams will play a primary role in FY18 planning process, spending the second day of the IMD meeting providing input to USSEC on the direction of USSEC’s future activities.
The teams will be focused on a particular Industry Utilization Area (Market Access, Oil/Human Utilization, and Animal and Aquaculture Feed Utilization), with team members discussing, and providing guidance, on their utilization’s obstacles and opportunities with USSEC staff.
To register, please click here.
The 4th Annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, which will take place in from August 30 – September 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana, is gaining traction.
USSEC, which will once again co-host the event with the Midwest Shippers Association, is pleased to announce that Satake and Mirasco are its first two exhibitors. Satake Corporation, based in Hiroshima, Japan, is a multinational company mainly focused in equipment for the processing and sorting of agricultural products such as rice, grains and beans. Mirasco’s primary business is distributing frozen meat commodities and animal feed ingredients primarily sourced from North and South American producers, to importers, distributors, and further processors in key world markets.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance is the conference’s first sponsor.
In 2016, USSEC is expecting a large international presence of qualified buyers from both the feed and food sectors.
For more information about the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, please visit www.ussoyexchange.org.
USSEC attended the 2016 Commodity Classic from March 3-5 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Commodity Classic, which is which widely viewed as the largest farmer-led and farmer-focused convention and trade show in the U.S., provides opportunities for growers, member associations, agribusinesses and media to check out new products and connect with each other. USSEC exhibited a booth at this year’s show and hosted a reception for about 60 people.
With the American Cancer Society estimating that 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, identifying ways to reduce breast cancer risk is of paramount importance. Eating soy appears to be one of those ways, but the key is consuming soy during childhood and/or adolescence. In fact, there is increased recognition of the connection between early life events and adult cancers. To this point, the authors of a recent commentary published in the American Journal of Epidemiology concluded “… growing evidence … links childhood and adolescent lifestyle and environmental exposures with subsequent risk of cancers arising in adulthood.” The possible link between early soy intake and reduced breast cancer risk was first recognized 20 years ago.
In 1995, Coral Lamartiniere, PhD, who is with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, first proposed that consuming soyfoods early in life markedly reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. Over the past two decades, this hypothesis has steadily gained acceptance within the medical and scientific communities. In 2014, a group of experts identified eating soyfoods during adolescence as one of six dietary steps that can reduce risk of cancer.
As part of its public education initiative, USSEC publicizes soy-related research and highlights the work of experts conducting studies on the health effects of eating soy. At the most recent meeting of the Soy Nutrition Institute, held September 3 and 4, 2015 in Seattle, Dr. Lamartiniere discussed evidence in support of the “early soy intake hypothesis.” The Soy Nutrition Institute (SNI) invited Dr. Lamartiniere to its September 2015 meeting for a research update and to discuss the possibility of conducting a clinical study capable of testing the validity of the hypothesis. Mark Messina, PhD, MS, the executive director of the SNI commented, “While there is substantial evidence showing consuming soy when young is protective against breast cancer, generating clinical data would draw even more attention to this hypothesis.”
Dr. Lamartiniere has shown in a series of experiments that when young rats are exposed to genistein—the major isoflavone found in soybeans— the development of mammary cancer is reduced by as much as 50 percent. Exposure to genistein for even brief periods “programs” the mammary gland in a way that permanently makes it less likely to develop cancer. Interestingly, Dr. Lamartiniere’s laboratory has shown that genistein is also protective against mammary cancer in rats when consumed during adulthood, but only when exposure also occurs early in life.
Isoflavones are naturally occurring compounds that have a very limited distribution within the plant kingdom. Hence, people who regularly consume soyfoods ingest ample amounts of isoflavones whereas diets lacking in soyfoods are almost completely devoid of these compounds.
Recently, Dr. Lamartiniere’s group conducted a human study, which supports the “early soy intake hypothesis.” In young girls, blood levels of proteins associated with protection against cancer were increased in those excreting large amounts of genistein, indicating they were consuming soyfoods. In contrast, in girls excreting large amounts of bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins, levels of proteins associated with an increased risk of cancer were increased. These results in girls reflect findings in animal studies wherein genistein is protective against cancer and BPA increases cancer risk.
Population studies conducted over the past 15 years support the notion that early soy intake is protective against breast cancer. Of course, it is well recognized that breast cancer incidence rates are low in soyfood-consuming countries. However, these studies, which have been conducted in both Shanghai and the United States, show that adult women of Asian ethnicity who reported consuming about one serving of soyfoods daily during the teenage years were anywhere from 28 percent to 60 percent less likely to have breast cancer in comparison to those women who consumed little soy when young.
Because soyfoods are nutritious additions to the diet and only one serving per day appears sufficient to reduce breast cancer risk, it certainly makes sense for girls to consume soyfoods. One serving of soyfoods equals a cup of soymilk, an ounce of soy nuts or one-half cup of tofu.