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USSEC Americas’ Oil Programs Help Increase U.S. Soybean Oil Exports to Colombia

Monday, March 6, 2017
Category Americas General News Soy Foods 
Leading up to and during the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Colombia, USSEC – Americas has worked on a number of projects promoting the usage of U.S. soybean…

Leading up to and during the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Colombia, USSEC – Americas has worked on a number of projects promoting the usage of U.S. soybean oil to importers, refiners, end users and consumers.

With the new long-range strategic plan (LRSP), the direction has changed to build more demand and value in the marketplace. Buyers at oil refineries have shown increased interest in USSEC’s new projects, and 100 percent of all soybean oil refining companies have committed to the 1st U.S. Soybean Oil Risk Management conference.

In this fiscal year, U.S. soybean oil exports to Colombia have grown from 25,400 metric tons (MT) to 54,600 MT, or approximately 115 percent above last year at this time. Colombia is now the third highest importer of U.S. soybean oil in the world and U.S. imports are expected to increase.

USSEC Conducts 2017 USSEC Aquaculture Feed Nutrition Workshop in Philippines

Monday, March 6, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC – Southeast Asia (SEA) held its 2017 USSEC Aquaculture Feed Nutrition Workshop in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines on February 20. Participants in USSEC’s…

USSEC – Southeast Asia (SEA) held its 2017 USSEC Aquaculture Feed Nutrition Workshop in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines on February 20.

Participants in USSEC’s Aquaculture Feed Nutrition Workshop

 

Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Technical Consultant, Aquaculture – Philippines and Mark Newman, USSEC Feedmill and Nutrition Consultant, led the workshop. Mr. Newman presented how to utilize U.S. Soy products to reduce the amount of fishmeal and fish oil in aquaculture feeds, information on milkfish nutrition, and how to maximize the value of feed ingredients in a high priced environment. Mr. Manalac introduced USSEC Soy in Aquaculture in SEA and the Philippines, and presented USSEC’s results on a milkfish feeding demonstration in the Philippines.

23 feedmill staff, salespeople, and managers from different aquaculture feedmills in Mindanao attended the workshop, in addition to representatives from a fisheries institution and a feed additive company.

USSEC consultant Mark Newman gives a presentation titled “The Utilization of Soy Products to Reduce the Amount of Fishmeal and Fish Oil in Aquaculture Feeds” during the 2017 USSEC Aquaculture Feed Nutrition Workshop in Park Inn by Radisson in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines on February 20

USSEC consultants with the staff of Vitarich Feed Corp. during the 2017 USSEC Aquaculture Feed Nutrition Workshop

Visit the All-New USSOY.org!

Monday, February 27, 2017
Category General News United States of America 
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…

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:

  • Nutrition
  • Sustainability
  • Supply
  • Trade
  • Innovation
  • Industry

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 Morocco’s Delegation Participates in IPPE 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017
Category Animal Utilization Event followup General News Middle East / North Africa 
USSEC hosted a team of delegates from Morocco’s feed, egg and poultry industries at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia from…

USSEC hosted a team of delegates from Morocco’s feed, egg and poultry industries at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia from January 31 – February 2. The show, considered to be in the top 50 of all U.S. trade shows, is a world meeting forum for suppliers, producers, and processors displaying the latest equipment and services representing the entire chain of protein production and processing, creating a meeting platform for international soy buyers and U.S. suppliers. This year’s conference welcomed a record number of attendees with over 31,000 from more than 130 countries. Key decision makers from poultry operations, integrated companies, feed mills, associations, and allied industry professionals share ideas, network, and conduct business.

A photo of the visiting team at the USSEC booth: (L to R) USSEC consultant – Pakistan program RSN Janjua; Kamily K. of Alf Mabrouk; Bennis R. of Benway; WISHH executive director Jim Hershey; USSEC consultant – North Africa Benabdeljelil K; USB director Bob Metz (USB;) and USSEC consultant Miguel Escobar

At the luncheon hosted by USSEC, attendees learned how to differentiate soybean meal by origin and the advantages of U.S. soybean meal through the presentation of Dr. Gonzalo Mateos, professor of Animal Science at the University of Madrid, titled “Have You Checked You Soybean’s Pedigree Lately? Evaluating the Nutritive Value of Soybean Meal in Poultry Diets.”

USSEC consultant – North Africa Benabdeljelil K. accompanied customers and guided them through various activities conducted by USSEC and IPPE. At the USSEC booth, they learned more about the organization and U.S. Soy products through discussions with grower leaders, including United Soybean Board (USB) director Bob Metz, American Soybean Board (ASA) director Brian Ogletree, and Rusty Smith, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. USSEC team members and several consultants from other markets discussed several issues related to soybean use with customers.

The main factors impacting demand for U.S. Soy as a key ingredient in animal feed, successful tactics to differentiate and create a preference for U.S. Soy, specific promotion materials, common communication messages adapted to regional needs were the issues discussed during the animal utilization meeting held by USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, aiming to develop successful and focused actions helped by collective expertise and resources.

The one-on-one interactions during the three-day event improved confidence and trust levels with the U.S Soy industry and USSEC’s worldwide operations.

(L to R) Bennis R of Benway; Kamily K of Alf Mabrouk; USB director Bob Metz; and Benabdeljelil K of USSEC

U.S. Sustainable Soy Featured in French Pork Magazine

Monday, February 27, 2017
Category General News Greater Europe Sustainability 
The January 2017 edition of PorcMag, the leading publication of the French pork industry, contains a detailed article on sustainable soy production in the United States.…

The January 2017 edition of PorcMag, the leading publication of the French pork industry, contains a detailed article on sustainable soy production in the United States. Written by Pascal Kuipers, a Dutch food and agricultural journalist, the article describes the importance of exports to U.S. soybean producers; raises and addresses some of the common European concerns with GM, such as weed resistance and concentration of the industry while highlighting the contributions that GM technology makes to producing sustainable soybeans (less fossil fuel and greenhouse gases, less water and improved soil health); and comments on soy imports and incentives for the production of alternative protein crops in France. Focusing on sustainability, the article reviews the role of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); the Field to Market Program and USSEC’s Sustainable Soy Assurance Protocol (SSAP).

USSEC and its partners have an active campaign to promote greater awareness of sustainable U.S. Soy among key industries in Europe, including feed companies and livestock producers. PorcMag is a principal news outlet for the French pork industry, publishing 6000 hard copies each month in addition to its substantial online readership.

Kuipers participated in a USSEC-sponsored trip to the United States last fall, which included visits to farms in Iowa, Maryland and Delaware. The visit and his interviews provided the basis of the article.

USSEC Arranges U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies’ Visit to Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector

Monday, February 27, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Middle East / North Africa 
USSEC worked closely with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to arrange a visit to a fish farm in Egypt for members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee…

USSEC worked closely with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to arrange a visit to a fish farm in Egypt for members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies on February 22.

(L to R): Essam el Barabary, Rachel Santos, Jessica Schulken, Yasser Abdel Hamed, and Hussain Mansour

The visit included the following members from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies: Rachel Santos, professional staff; Carlisle Clarke, majority clerk; Patrick Carroll, professional staff; and Jessica Schulken, minority clerk.

The visit also included members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) / FAS: Chris Church, Director, Legislative Affairs; Ronald Verdonk, Minister-Counselor; and Dr. Ahmed Wally, Agricultural Specialist.

Essam el Barabary, a prominent member of the Egyptian aquaculture industry, hosted the visitors at his farm in Burg el Arab outside of Alexandria.

Hussain Mansour, chief executive of Aller Aqua Egypt, an Egyptian-Danish partnership company, also attended the tour. Aller Aqua is among the top aqua feed producers in Egypt with a production capacity up to 150,000 metric tons of extruded feed, making the company the largest feed producer in Egypt.

During the visit, Mr. Essam explained the production strategy for the farm and the advantage of having good water quality. He explained that water quality at the farm has enabled him to produce a variety of fish species including tilapia, mullet, sea bass, and European eel. Mr. Essam said that the feed for the farm is supplied predominantly from Aller Aqua.

Mr. Hussain explained that Egypt ranks eighth in terms of world aquaculture production, second in the production of tilapia, and first in mullet production. He also stressed the importance of using high quality raw material in feed production and that his preference to use U.S. soybean meal is for its digestibility and consistent quality. He stated that the quality attributes of U.S. soybean meal are clearly visible upon physical evaluation of the product.

During the discussion, Mr. Hussain pointed out that digestibility of U.S. soybean meal, measured by protein solubility (KOH) was clearly demonstrated during a feed trial that was conducted during 2013, which was sponsored by USSEC and implemented at WorldFish. At that time, Aller Aqua produced the feed according to the parameters and formulation provided by USSEC, primarily the use of U.S soybean meal in the diet. Mr. Hussain went on to explain that the growth rate achieved during the trial is due to the highly digestible protein content of U.S. soybeans.

USSEC Country Representative – Egypt Salah Taher, who organized the visit together with USDA/FAS, explained to the committee members that building a preference for U.S. Soy in the Egyptian aquaculture industry is a continuous effort that the USSEC team has been promoting through close cooperation with the aqua industry. Seminars, feed trials, and one-on-one technical visits are among the tools used by USSEC to demonstrate the advantage of using U.S. Soy.

Mr. Salah went on to explain the scale of the Egyptian aquaculture, an industry that produces 1.2 million metric tons (MMT) of fish annually and is the primary source of protein for 90 million Egyptians. Per capita consumption of fish is currently 21 kilograms (kg) higher than the per capita world average, which is approximately 19 kg.

Mr. Essam also hosted a luncheon, which was served in a traditional Egyptian tent. During lunch, Mr. Essam and his colleagues presented a number of general topics, including the importance of developing a cold chain and cold storage to overcome the price fluctuation that results from seasonality of supply.

USSEC Hosts Luncheon in Venezuela Regarding Trade Facilitation

Monday, February 27, 2017
Category Americas Animal Utilization General News 
Executive presidents from the Venezuelan Feed Association (AFACA); Poultry Federation (FENAVI); and Swine Federation (FEPORCINA); in addition to institutional…

Executive presidents from the Venezuelan Feed Association (AFACA); Poultry Federation (FENAVI); and Swine Federation (FEPORCINA); in addition to institutional representation from Grupo La Caridad, the country’s largest animal integrator; Protinal/Proagro, the second largest animal integrator; Mayupan, the largest turkey producer in Venezuela; and Alconca/Ovomar, and Venezuela’s largest egg cooperative); and FAS Caracas officials attended a trade luncheon hosted by USSEC Americas.

One of the meeting’s main topics was the serious supply problem the industry is facing with the lack of foreign currency flow and availability. From June through September 2016, the industry contributed with a temporary “relief” by importing raw materials at a free dollar exchange rate, but this is no longer sustainable. From now on, all imports of raw materials will be made by the government’s purchasing agency only. According to this group, there is some local corn to last until February 2017, but the government will have to resolve the supply of soybean meal. The group stated that they foresee the sector shrinking by 20 percent of what used to be a regular production of 6 million metric tons (MMT) of feed up until 2015.

USSEC Helps to Get Zero Percent Customs Duty Deferral Extension for Soybean Meal Imports to Ecuador

Monday, February 27, 2017
Category Americas Animal Utilization General News 
As part of USSEC’s goals for regulators to understand the need to innovate trade barriers and allow a better flow of U.S. Soy imports into the Americas regio, USSEC, and…

As part of USSEC’s goals for regulators to understand the need to innovate trade barriers and allow a better flow of U.S. Soy imports into the Americas regio, USSEC, and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) – Lima, and FAS – Quito, were involved in the process of gathering the recommendations necessary for an extension of a zero percent customs duty deferral for soybean meal imports to Ecuador. Parties involved worked very closely with the Trade Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fishery (MAGAP).

On December 21, 2016, MAGAP presented a technical report with the recommendations to grant an extension of the customs tariff deferral of zero percent ad-valorem, and the temporary suspension of the Andean Price Band System for imports of soybean meal from any origin.

On December 23, 2016, during a general session of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ecuador (COMEX), a three-year extension was approved, expiring on December 31, 2019.

According to the official document of this resolution, “The custom tariff in Ecuador is a tool of economic policy that must promote the development of local production, in accordance with government policies, to increase competition in the productive sectors in Ecuador.

Through Resolution No. 59 of May 17, 2012, published in the Official Registry No. 859, dated December 28, 2012, the custom tariff in Ecuador was approved.

With Resolution No. 040-2014, adopted on November 26, 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador (COMEX ) resolved to defer to 0% ad valorem and suspend the application of the Andean System Price Band until December 2016 for the importation of soybean meal, classified under customs tariff code 2304.00.00.00, referred to meals and other solid residues obtained from the extraction of soybean oil, including grinded or in pellets.”

USSEC Announces Site, Date of Next U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange

Monday, February 20, 2017
Category Event Announcements General News United States of America 
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…

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 wmcnair@ussec.org

U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange – EU/MENA Focuses on Quality, Sustainability of U.S. Soy

Monday, February 20, 2017
Category Animal Utilization General News Greater Europe Middle East / North Africa Sustainability 
U.S. Soy grower leaders Todd Gibson, Bill Wykes, and Andy Fabin, along with USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA Brent Babb and USSEC consultant Lola Herrera visited Bunge’s…

U.S. Soy grower leaders Todd Gibson, Bill Wykes, and Andy Fabin, along with USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA Brent Babb and USSEC consultant Lola Herrera visited Bunge’s soy crushing facility overlooking Lisbon’s harbor. Portugal imported 260,000 metric tons (MT) in the last marketing year.

Discussions focused on the quality, consistency and sustainability of U.S. Soy during the 5th U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange for Europe – Middle East/North Africa (EU/MENA) during the recent conference in Lisbon, Portugal. More than 180 customers and 15 USSEC members from 32 countries gathered to discuss the global soy market situation and expectations for the feed and food industry for Europe and the Middle East. USSEC’s two-day conference is one of the few events combining the soy industry throughout those regions and leading soy crushers, feed companies, and poultry and livestock producers were in attendance.

The feed industry visit included a sampling of pork products at Raporal, one of Portugal’s largest feed and livestock companies. Raporal president Cristina Sousa is the chair of the Portugal Feed Association and served as the welcome speaker at the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange – EU/MENA

Conference presenters highlighted the importance of the Europe and Middle East market with data showing that EU-28 and Russia represented the top three countries in poultry and pork production growth since 2010, behind only the U.S. Additionally, 13 of the top 30 global feed-producing countries are in Europe and MENA and were represented at the USSEC conference. With one-third of the global gross domestic product (GDP), this region continues to increase its soy consumption and remains highly competitive in poultry and pork production.

USSEC and United Soybean Board (USB) director Todd Gibson, American Soybean Association (ASA) director Bill Wykes, and USB director Andy Fabin highlighted the sustainability of U.S. Soy in their presentations. Each emphasized the sustainability practices of his farm and his production expectations for the upcoming growing season.

Regional customers noted their appreciation in hearing about soy production straight from the producers. USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA Brent Babb stressed the importance of the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) and the positive environmental indicators of U.S. Soy production. Nick Major, representing FEFAC, the European Feed Association, discussed the importance of sustainability to consumers and retailers in the Europe market. The SSAP meets the benchmark of FEFAC’s soy sourcing guidelines and is a welcome source of sustainable soy supply for the European market. The EU is one of the major users of the SSAP certification system, which now totals over 6.7 million tons in export shipments this marketing year, over 10 percent of U.S. Soy exports.

USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA Brent Babb talks about the SSAP to attendees of the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange – EU/MENA

A buyers’ team from Turkey included Taygun Ergene of Abalioglu Crushing Company; Ufuk Erdem of Tarim Kredi Yem A.Ş.; Murat Turhan of Keskinoglu Poultry Co.; Aykut Boz of Abalioglu Crushing Co.; Ethem Can of Sunar Feed and Crushing Co.; Sirri Kayhan, USSEC – Turkey; and Ayhan Kindap of CP Yigit Akin- Matli Feed Co.

 

USSEC Hosts Seminar on Quality Analysis for Soybean Products in Aquafeed Industry in Egypt

Monday, February 20, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Middle East / North Africa 
USSEC recently hosted a seminar in Egypt to introduce the principles of quality analysis in soybeans to the country’s aquafeed industry. A total of 60 participants…

USSEC recently hosted a seminar in Egypt to introduce the principles of quality analysis in soybeans to the country’s aquafeed industry. A total of 60 participants attended the event, representing the top aquaculture feed mill and aqua produces.

Ronald Verdonk, Minster-Counselor, Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Cairo inaugurated the seminar. In his opening speech, Mr. Verdonk stressed the importance of the agriculture and trade relationships between Egypt and the United States and the role that FAS plays in promoting U.S agriculture exports. He also applauded the developments that the Egyptian aquaculture industry has witnessed in the last decade, citing the rapid and continuous development of the sector.

USSEC consultant Dr. Jan van Eys, the keynote speaker at the event, commented, “It is a delight to come back to Egypt and see the progress being made in aqua production and the feed industry in general. Many challenges remain but there is a clear and discernable progress in the understanding of the key areas that contribute to efficient aqua and livestock production. This is very clear where it concerns the feed industry and the utilization of ingredients such as soy products. Control of ingredient quality and formulation have clearly become key components of improved feed production and thus of the livestock productivity of as a whole and aqua production in particular. USSEC has greatly contributed to this positive development and logically sees its efforts rewarded in a continuous increase in the use of U.S.-originated soy products.”

During the seminar, Professor Mohamed Fathy Osman delivered a presentation on fish nutrition and highlighted the difference between crude protein, digestible protein, and amino acid profile when formulating a least-cost diet. Professor Fathy also stressed the importance of cooking raw materials and extrusion technology as a method of improving digestibility and feed efficacy.

Guest speaker Dr. Alaa Badr, product manager at Skretting Nutreco, concluded the seminar by delivering a presentation on the importance of quality control in feed production. He stressed the impact of high quality raw material in the manufacturing process to guarantee high quality feed.

Dr. Badr also highlighted the importance of traceability of ingredients as well as the final product. Quality standards for different raw materials and the importance of controlling the inflow of raw material by using near infrared (NIR) as a method for accurate formulation and controlling the quality of received raw materials and final product, while minimizing the risk of mycotoxins by using rapid analysis method when receiving raw materials. This is a standard procedure conducted before manufacturing to protect the quality of the final product.

In the days following the seminar, the USSEC team conducted three one-on-one industry visits with aquafeed mills to provide the necessary support for the adoption of soy quality parameters in feed manufacturing.

Professor Mohamed Fathy Osman and Ronald Verdonk, Minister-Counselor, FAS Cairo

USSEC Welcomes New Members

Monday, February 20, 2017
Category General News United States of America 
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…

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

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 Touts Health Benefits of Soy, as Shown by Clinical Studies, for Marketing Purposes

Monday, February 20, 2017
Category Americas General News Soy Foods 
USSEC discussed the health benefits of soybean oil, as proven in a clinical study, with an important oil refinery in Mexico. The refinery is looking to review their marketing…

USSEC discussed the health benefits of soybean oil, as proven in a clinical study, with an important oil refinery in Mexico. The refinery is looking to review their marketing strategy as a result of this study.

In September 2016, USSEC completed a clinical research study in the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition “Salvador Zubirán,” a highly recognized institution in Mexico. A group of PhD scholars with experience in nutrition conducted the study. The objective of the study was to analyze the effects of soybean oil versus other oils on levels of LDL cholesterol, lipoprotein profile, and other health parameters, in patients with hypercholesterolemia. The study was carried out following the scientific protocol recommended for this kind of research. It confirmed the health properties of U.S. soybean oil due to its unique composition of Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 fatty acids and its high content of Vitamin E. The results of the study are being communicated to oil refineries so that they can use this information in their marketing materials for the Americas and other regions.

Main result of the clinical study: Soybean oil consumption decreased the total cholesterol in men by 11.5 percent and by 27.3 percent in women. The consumption of soybean oil also significantly decreased serum glucose by 18.5 percent in women.

The consumption of olive oil decreased LDL cholesterol levels by 13.9 percent in women. The consumption of canola significantly decreased serum triglycerides by 28.9 percent.

USSEC Participates in Swine Workshop in Colombia

Monday, February 20, 2017
Category Americas Animal Utilization General News 
USSEC was invited, through Pork Colombia (Colombian Swine Association), to participate in an event developed by Colanta, the largest dairy processing cooperative…

USSEC was invited, through Pork Colombia (Colombian Swine Association), to participate in an event developed by Colanta, the largest dairy processing cooperative in Colombia. The event took place in San Pedro, Medellin on November 26, 2016.

Colanta owns three state of the art harvest plants where they process veal, dairy cows, and pork, each one in its own line in one big complex.

As a dairy cooperative, Colanta also encourages its associates to raise pigs and therefore warranties their pig input for the swine harvest plant. The weight of a market pig has increased over the years from 100 kilograms (kg) up to 150 kg. The workshop, aimed at swine producers associated to Colanta, was set to demonstrate that a good heavy pig puts out more meat when fed properly, than a lighter pig. This is of interest to pork producers since Colanta pays by the percentage of lean meat on pigs.

To prove the importance of proper nutrition in pigs, two pigs, weighing approximately the same amount, from different farms, and with different back fat, were picked to debone and measure the amount of lean meat. The animal with the least amount of back fat rendered more meat than the one with high levels of back fat. This simple but effective demonstration showed participants how proper nutrition and farm management can lead to a higher percentage of lean meat, and therefore a higher monetary compensation.

Staff from Colanta and their associates spoke very highly of the workshop and of USSEC consultant Julio Chaves, to the point that they want to repeat this event at least twice a year with more and different Colanta associates. USSEC will help Colanta demonstrate that a heavier pig does not necessarily mean more fat when proper nutrition is taken into account and that U.S. soybeans play an important role in this equation.

USSEC Promotes the Benefits of U.S. Soy Protein Use at Fish and Aquaculture Conference in Russia

Monday, February 13, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Greater Europe 
The second SFERA conference “Fish 2017” (Fish processing and aquaculture technologies) took place during the first week of February, in Moscow, Russian Federation.…

The second SFERA conference “Fish 2017” (Fish processing and aquaculture technologies) took place during the first week of February, in Moscow, Russian Federation. The publishing house SFERA from St. Petersburg and the All-Russian Atlantic Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography were co-organizers of the event. Approximately 200 registered, national, and international scientists, nutritionists, and representatives of the feed industry attended the two-day conference. Speakers came from Russia and from several other European countries.

Besides the exchange of research, results, and scientific data, the conference aimed at exchanging and reviewing successful experiences of national and foreign companies in their establishment and further development in Russia. Representatives from the executive and legislative branches of the federal and regional governments were also present. Consequently, regulatory aspects of the aquaculture sector were discussed along with the various development programs for Russian regions. The aquaculture industry is clearly a priority for the Russian federal government and its regional governments. This is hardly surprising given the tremendous capacity and potential of aquaculture in Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The papers presented at the conference addressed the characteristic issues associated with the rapid growth of a new industry from technical, marketing, and legal points of view. Animated discussions followed the presentations.

USSEC was a major sponsor of the conference and two USSEC consultants, Dr. Iani Chihaia and Dr. Jan van Eys, spoke at the event. Dr. van Eys presented a paper, “Innovations in the Area of Technologies and Feeding of Industrial Fish Production,” emphasizing the potential of soy products to replace fishmeal in aqua formulations. Dr. Chihaia presented a paper entitled “Optimization of the Use of Ingredients in Aquaculture Feeds; Nutritional, Biological, and Technological Properties for Proper Application, Balancing, and Manufacturing.” The main issues of the USSEC presentations were published in Russian language in corresponding articles in SFERA FISH magazine distributed during the conference and released on the SFERA website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The issue of the use of soy products to replace fishmeal is of major concern and interest for Russian fish producers and since much of their current and future production concentrates on fresh water species, the potential for the use of soy products in fish feed is important. The superior quality of soy relative to other plant protein – even locally produced – is well recognized and appreciated.

 

 

USSEC Organizes ISA Mission to United Kingdom

Monday, February 13, 2017
Category General News Greater Europe Sustainability 
A delegation from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) visited the United Kingdom for four days at the end of January. Included in the group were ISA chair Daryl Cates,…

A delegation from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) visited the United Kingdom for four days at the end of January. Included in the group were ISA chair Daryl Cates, vice chair Lynn Rohrscheib, treasurer Stan Born, and USSEC director Sharon Covert, along with six other ISA board members and four ISA staff, including CEO Craig Ratajczyk. The objective of the visit was to gather insights into the current dynamics of the soybean market in the UK and engage with industry contacts on issues such as Brexit, sustainability, and future U.S.-UK bilateral trade. Eugene Philhower, USSEC Representative – Northern Europe, developed the schedule and program in cooperation with USSEC consultant David Green of Greenhouse Communications.

The formal visit began with a dinner with Mike Hambly, chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Combinable Crops Board, who farms in Cornwall, who provided useful and interesting insights. While agricultural producers in the UK and the U.S. face many of the same challenges, the political and social environments in the UK and European Union are very different, with more powerful environmental NGOs and retailers influencing both policies and the market.

The group visited Tithe Farm, a 450 ha. arable crop operation run by Jim Meadows and his son Mark. They saw firsthand winter rapeseed and learned about weed resistance, increasing limitations on pesticides use, and general uncertainties in the market. The group also visited with Camgrain, a storage and logistic farmer cooperative. On the same compound, a rapeseed processing plant to be powered by a woodchip biomass generator was under construction.

Mark and Jim Meadows of Tithe Farm

Guy Gagen of the NFU, Eugene Philhower and Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows in a field of winter rapeseed

Guy Gagen of the NFU, Mike Hambly of the NFU and Eugene Philhower

The group visited the headquarters of the UK National Farmers Union in Stoneleigh and received briefings from the NFU staff on the rapeseed market, innovation, Brexit and sustainability. There is a high degree of uncertainty of what Brexit will mean to producers, with the added complication that agricultural policy has been devolved to the four parts of the UK (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England). Also, the diversity of the British agricultural sector, with some producers very dependent upon exports to the continent and others less so, complicates the approach to be taken in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

The following day at the hallowed Farmers Club in London, the group received a number of briefings: Mr. Green provided a briefing on the institutions of the European Union and provided status reports on biotech approvals and pesticide re-registration; Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) – London provided an overview of bilateral trade between the U.S. and the UK and the uncertainties with Brexit and the new administration in the United States; Richard Whitlock, a British agricultural consultant, provided his views on the challenges ahead; and Keith Millar of the UK Food Standards Agency briefed the group on developments within the EU and the UK on animal feed.

This was a very educational trip for all of us. We learned of the similarities between U.K. and Illinois farmers, such as government regulations and challenges such as resistant weeds to control. However, one thing that all of us are in agreement on is how important trade is for everyone, now and in the future.

-ISA chair Daryl Cates

ISA Chairman Daryl Cates and Keith Millar of the UK Food Standards Agency

David Green, ISA’s Gary Berg and Rick Rubenacker

ISA’s Lynn Rohrscheib, USDA Jennifer Wilson, ISA’s Daryl Cates and Jayma Appleby

USSEC director Sharon Covert greets a European counterpart

USSEC Organizes ISA’s Visit to the Netherlands

Monday, February 13, 2017
Category General News Greater Europe Sustainability 
A delegation from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) visited the Netherlands on January 23 and 24. The purpose of the visit was to get a better understanding of the…

A delegation from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) visited the Netherlands on January 23 and 24. The purpose of the visit was to get a better understanding of the dynamics influencing the Dutch market for Illinois soybeans and to engage the Dutch industry on issues of importance to the U.S. Soy industry. The group was joined by Eugene Philhower, USSEC Regional Representative – Northern Europe, who organized the two-day visit.

The group included ISA vice chair Lynn Rohrscheib and ISA directors Gary Berg, Jered Hooker, Paul Rasmussen, and Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, as well as Craig Ratajczyk, ISA CEO and Jayma Appleby, director of industry relations.

The program was designed to gain insights into the Dutch market by briefings along the soy value chain. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) office from the U.S Embassy in The Hague provided an overview of the Dutch market, highlighting the importance of the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam as the entry point for U.S. commodities coming into Europe. The Dutch Farmers Organization (LTO) provided a briefing on agricultural policy and the challenges being faced by Dutch producers. Their representative pointed out that the Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural and food products in the world. Nevedi, the Dutch feed industry association, described their work supporting the development of sustainable soy sourcing guidelines for the Dutch and European feed industries.

The group visited the headquarters of Ahold Delhaize, a global retailer (comparable to Food Lion or Stop and Shop in the U.S) and the largest retailer in the Netherlands and Belgium. After visiting a local store (Albert Heijn), they provided a briefing on the organization and their sustainability initiatives. Dutch retailers have committed to 100 percent sustainable soy for feed, mostly relying on Roundtable on Responsible Soy Standard (RTRS) credits to achieve that goal. They were interested in learning more about the U.S. Sustainable Soy Assurance Protocol (SSAP).

On the second morning, the delegation visited an agricultural research farm operated by Wageningen University where they are conducting varietal tests for soybeans, mostly varieties developed in Canada. The researcher admitted that growing soybeans in the Netherlands has its challenges in terms of protein content, length the growing season and overall yield per hectare. In three to five years, they project 10,000-20,000 hectares producing soybeans for human consumption. That afternoon, the group visited a feed mill operated by AgruniekRijnvallei, a Dutch cooperative specializing in custom feed preparation for the Dutch livestock industry.

At the end of the visit, Ms. Rohrscheib said, “The trade mission to the Netherlands was a great opportunity for Illinois soybean producers to be able to engage in fruitful discussions with the buyers, constituents, and governmental organizations who play a major role in the soybean story in the Netherlands and the European Union.” She added that the group learned how Dutch and European farmers are being regulated and how those rules not only affect the farmers and consumers in the European Union but how those regulations affect soybean producers in Illinois. “As producers, we look forward to continuing the discussion with the key players in the European market so we can work together, market our soybeans and continue to provide the highest quality soy. Without these key conversations, we will not be able to understand the foreign markets and effectively sell our soybeans.”

ISA’s Paul Rasmussen, USSEC’s Eugene Philhower and ISA’s Gary Berg join Laura Jungmann from Ahold Delhaize on a grocery store tour

ISA’s Jered Hooker gives a sustainability presentation

Klaus Johan Osinga from the Dutch Farmers Organization makes a presentation

Joke Klap from NEVEDI makes presentation to Susan Phillips and Bob Flach from USDA – The Hague

Laura Jungmann from Ahold Delhaize joins ISA’s Jayma Appleby and USDA’s Marcel Pinckaers for a grocery store visit

USSEC Participates in IPPE

Monday, February 13, 2017
Category Animal Utilization General News United States of America 
USSEC participated in the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia from January 30 – February 2. 125 guests from 16 countries attended…

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.”

At the USSEC luncheon

 

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.

USSEC’s animal utilization meeting

Some of the USSEC staff that helped make IPPE a success!

USSEC Helps Demystify Supposed Use of Hormones in Broilers

Monday, February 13, 2017
Category Americas Animal Utilization General News 
As a direct outcome of the information and knowledge provided by USSEC’s biotechnology and sustainability team in September 2016, the Colombian Association of Endocrinology…

As a direct outcome of the information and knowledge provided by USSEC’s biotechnology and sustainability team in September 2016, the Colombian Association of Endocrinology (ACE) is now officially supporting the poultry sector in Colombia in demystifying the supposed use of hormones in broilers, which had thought to be linked to early puberty in teenagers. This stance also comes from a thorough and comprehensive understanding of GMO products and U.S. production.

The president of ACE and a director of FENAVI, the Colombian Poultry Federation, participated in this program, led by USSEC. The Americas team was made up of more than 40 representatives from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Costa Rica and included representatives from the government, industry, and media sectors. Throughout the event, the group was exposed to U.S. regulatory authorities, academic /scientific representatives and grower leaders, all of whom provided valuable information and demystified beliefs around the topics at hand. The group had access to an array of information on agricultural production of GMOs in the U.S.

USSEC Provides Technical Support to Marine Fish Farms in Philippines

Monday, February 13, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC visited different marine fish farms in the Philippines to provide technical support and suggestions to improve their efficiency and production. USSEC was able…

USSEC visited different marine fish farms in the Philippines to provide technical support and suggestions to improve their efficiency and production. USSEC was able to discuss and show on site proper feed management using the satiation setting technique using extruded floating feed.

USSEC was able to provide additional knowledge and information in marine fish hatchery biosecurity and production improvement, and proper fish culture management and feeding management to marine fish cage operators in Luzon and Mindanao, Philippines.

Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Asia Marine Aquaculture Specialist, and Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Technical Manager – Aquaculture, Philippines discusses and demonstrates USSEC’s satiation feeding technique using extruded floating feeds to Carlos Co and staff of Oversea Feeds Corp. Marine fish Cage Farm in Carcar, Cebu, Philippines on December 12

Mr. Lan checks the nursery tanks and water filtration system of Finfiah Hatcheries Inc. to improve its marine fish fingerling production