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The U.S. Soybean Export Council will be holding the first annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange from September 16-18,2013, immediately following the organization’s annual meeting. The event, which is in collaboration with Midwest Shippers Association’s 10th annual conference and trade show, will take place in the Quad Cities.
USSEC has already arranged participation in the event for over 100 foreign trade delegation members from China, North Asia, South East Asia, Latin America, Maghreb, Middle East and the Greater European region. These attendees are key international buyers dedicated to the importation of soybeans, soybean meal, soybean oil, IP and non-GMO soybeans, isolates, concentrates, soy flour and more.
Joined by the Mississippi River, the riverfront cities of Moline/East Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, and Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa, make up the Quad Cities. With a visit to the Quad Cities area, visitors instantly recognize the importance of agriculture to this Midwestern area.
Agriculture has always been an important part of this area. Iowa is the top producer of corn and Illinois leads the country in soybean production. In combination with the rich farmland, the Mississippi River provides a “highway” for distribution of these exports. The river supports between 30 to 45 percent of total U.S.soybean exports. Over 90 percent of soybean exports from the Gulf of Mexico were transported via barges on the Mississippi River.
In the Quad Cities, visitors are able to learn about the river from the onsite park rangers and view barges as they go through Lock and Dam 15 carrying grain, petroleum, gravel, coal,chemicals, and other essential products up and down the river. And it was the Mississippi River, available land, and available resources that brought John Deere to Moline, Illinois, in 1848, where he began a steel plow manufacturing business that revolutionized the farming industry.
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USSEC will be participating in the upcoming SusPolyurethanes Conference, taking place in May in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The conference is focused on improving the sustainability of the polyurethanes industry and was created by Urethanes Technology International magazine. While primarily focused on polyol manufacture, including biochemical technologies and natural-oil-based products, the conference program will also aim to look at the possibilities of more sustainable manufacture of diisocyanates as well as more efficient processes for making polyurethanes.
The soybean, often referred to as the miracle crop, provides a sustainable source of protein and oil worldwide. USSEC will talk to conference attendees about how soy’s properties allow its use in a variety of applications from animal feed and human consumption, to road fuel and other industrial uses. Because soy grows throughout the world, it represents a viable and renewable replacement for petrochemicals. In fact, soybean oil is applied in industrial applications such as adhesives, coatings and printing inks, lubricants, plastics and specialty products, but also biodiesel, a fuel using soybean oil as a feedstock.
To learn more about industrial uses for soy, please visit: https://soynewuses.org/
USSEC sat down with Jim Moline, President of Midwest Ag Enterprises and other representatives from the Midwest Ag team at the recent VIV trade show in Bangkok, Thailand, to discuss the upcoming release of their soybean protein concentrate (SPC) product, Nutrivance.
Nutrivance is a new SPC product produced in the United States from U.S. soy that is anticipated to open a new market for value added U.S. soy products in SEA aquaculture. Marine fish and shrimp millers in that region are currently searching for a high protein ingredient with a good amino acid profile to replace ingredients such as fishmeal. SPC could be a particularly useful and economical solution.
USSEC has long been working to demonstrate the utility of SPC to the industry by distributing the manual “SPC Use in Aquaculture” and also sharing many research products. The lack of feed grade (as opposed to food grade) SPC in the market is what is thought to hold back greater acceptance of SPC in this region. It is hoped that USSEC will be able to increase the use of SPC in SEA aquaculture as Midwest Ag begins rolling out their SPC product in Asia.
USSEC and the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service organized a study team of experts to travel to Indonesia on April 3-4 to meet with that country’s government bodies and industry officials. The study team’s visit was in response to a July 2012 announcement by Indonesia’s government that it would implement measures to stabilize the country’s soybean prices in reaction to the unprecedented price volatility resulting from the drought in South America and its impact on the global market. Among these measures were the reinstitution of BULOG (the government logistics organization) as the primary stabilizing body, the implementation of government established floor prices on locally grown and purchased soybeans, implementation of government established ceiling prices on soybeans sold to tempe and tofu producers and tighter regulation of private importers to insure compliance with the new policies. Such government intervention in what has been a dynamic and competitive free market would have significant implications on the Indonesian soybean market and U.S. exports of soybeans to that country, which is USSEC’s third largest export market globally. The study team’s mission was to meet with government bodies and industry officials to help them to better understand the potential negative implications such controls would have on a free market and suggest possible alternative solutions.
The study team was led by USSEC CEO Jim Sutter; and included Bo Delong, President of Delong Company, regional management team members from INTL FCStone, one of the world’s leading commodity execution and advisory services groups, and the U.S. Agricultural Counselor and staff. Meetings were held with the newly established Indonesian Soybean Association, the Chairman of the Organization of Indonesian Tempe and Tofu Cooperatives, the Special Assistant to the Vice President of Indonesia, the Indonesian Vice Minister of Trade, the Chairman of BULOG and his staff, the Special Advisor to the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs and the country’s key private soybean importers.
Tempe and tofu are fundamental sources of protein for much of Indonesia’s population and are produced by thousands of cottage industry producers across the country. In addition to providing basic dietary needs, this industry employs millions of people. The unprecedented global price spikes of 2012 had major implications on both producers and consumers, many of whom are among the nation’s poorest. Politically, the Indonesian government has had little choice but to intervene. The study team’s mission was to address how that intervention could best be approached. As global soy prices have eased with good weather and subsequent expectations for a bountiful new crop, the urgency for the Indonesian government to act has somewhat relaxed. There is now time and opportunity for the Indonesian government to explore alternative approaches that will best cushion its market from volatility while allowing it to remain free and open. The study team’s visit opened up a variety of these opportunities for consideration going forward.
In 2012, Indonesia imported 1.7 million metric tons (MT) of soybeans from the United States, equating to a value of over $1 billion and a market share exceeding 90%.
USSEC recently teamed with soybean farmers Delbert Christensen of Iowa and Mark Albertson and Duane Dahlman of the Illinois Soybean Association to visit key tilapia producers in the Huila Department of Colombia. Their objective was to leverage opportunities of increasing U.S. soy consumption by helping producers improve their operations. USSEC International Aquaculture Marketing Manager Colby Sutter, Director of Americas Region Francisco de la Torre and Aqua Consultant Jairo Amezquita accompanied the delegation.
The team followed up on projects that tested soy-based feeds for tilapia, cachama, yamu and other native species with three of the largest tilapia producers in the Huila region. The USSEC mission met with owners and CEOs from those companies at their farms. Colombia’s largest tilapia production occurs in the floating cage systems located at the Betania Dam in Huila. The country currently produces 65,000 metric tons (MT) of tilapia and aims to increase its production to 70,000 MT in 2014. Approximate consumption in 2014 will be close to 30,000 MT of soy products.
As aquaculture production continues to increase in this region, USSEC will continue to promote U.S. soy and work to grow the market share of U.S. soy by providing technical assistance to Colombian tilapia producers.
As part of the organization’s efforts to increase use of U.S. soy in aquaculture, USSEC is distributing this press release to key international media.
St. Louis, Missouri — Popular global cuisines with seafood-rich recipes, plus the growing world consumption of fish, have placed increased demands on our seafood supply. In fact, only half of the current global demand can be met by fish and seafood from the world’s oceans, with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration crediting aquaculture as being the world’s fastest-growing form of food production. In turn, the sustainability of global aquaculture relies on efficient, renewable sources of fish feed ingredients. That’s why soy-fed farmed fish meets today’s needs.
When you specify soy-fed farmed fish for your foodservice kitchen, you’re offering a nutritious, sustainable menu choice. Farmed fish have a hatch-to-harvest controlled diet, so aquaculture products are free of mercury content and other environmental contaminants such as PCBs. But that’s just one advantage offered by soy-fed farmed fish.
The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) provides foodservice operators with health and nutrition information, the latest research, and other information related to soy-fed farmed fish. Meanwhile, here are five advantages that soy-fed farmed fish can bring to your menu.
- Soy-Fed Farmed Fish Meet the Demand for High-Quality Ingredients. Demand for fish and seafood is expected to jump nearly 50 percent by the year 2050, thanks to more health-conscious consumers and a growing population. In fact, by 2030, an additional 41 million tons of fish per year will be needed to maintain current seafood consumption levels. Your customers expect quality, and soy-fed farmed fish can help you meet those expectations.
- Soy-Fed Farmed Fish Appeal to Health-Consciousness Consumers. As the numerous health benefits of incorporating fish into a regular diet become better known, consumers are driving up the demand for quality seafood. Today, farmed fish account for a significant portion of all fish consumed worldwide, and aquaculture continues to grow more environmentally friendly with the adoption of new industry standards. Soy-based feeds are rich in proteins and nutrients, including Omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, soy eases the pressure on wild fisheries by replacing up to half the fishmeal in feeds for many marine farmed species, and all of the fishmeal in many freshwater species.
- Soy-Fed Farmed Fish Reflect Environmental Awareness. Soybeans themselves are an environmentally beneficial crop because they fix nitrates in the soil. When it comes to aquaculture sustainability, soybean meal and soy oil can replace from half to nearly all of the fishmeal and fish oil in foods for many species. To learn more about the ways soy helps make aquaculture more sustainable, visit www.soyaqua.org.
- Soy-Fed Farmed Fish Provide Year-Round Availability: Farm-raised seafood currently accounts for more than 40 percent of fish and shellfish consumption globally. Despite a growing demand for seafood, the amount of wild fish capture has remained flat since the 1980s. Increasing the availability of soy-fed farm-raised fish conserves natural resources while meeting consumer needs.
- Soy-Fed Farmed Fish Offer Affordability: U.S. soybeans increase the world’s supply of affordable farm-raised fish. This helps the affordability of aquaculture products.
To learn more about the advantages of soy-fed farmed fish, visit www.soyaqua.org.
USSEC recently distributed the 2013 USDA Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report to their overseas offices and applicable consultants. The PDP chronicled the extensive 2012 testing by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) of both U.S. soybeans and U.S. rural drinking water supplies for any violative agricultural chemical residues. No residue violations were detected. The PDP, while not designed for enforcement of tolerances, does inform the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if residues exceeding the tolerance are detected or if no EPA residue tolerance has been established for a residue found. The EPA uses PDP data in its verification process to ensure all sources of exposure to pesticides meet the safety standards set forth in the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act.
USSEC Technical Issues Director Kim Nill explains that because the USDA stopped issuing its annual U.S. Ag Chemical Usage report some years ago due to budgetary reasons, some anti-biotech activists recently begun publishing their own unofficial reports in which they asserted that U.S. farmers have massively increased the amounts of herbicides applied per acre in order to combat herbicide-resistant weeds in the U. S. These “reports” utilized the last USDA report’s data from the 2006 crop as a starting point, then extrapolated upward from these amounts to get their estimated amount of herbicide applied to the 2012 U.S. crop. Mr. Nill continues, “Because these ‘reports’ had begun to alarm some overseas regulatory officials and some of our overseas soy customers, USSEC wanted to reassure our customers of the quality and safety of U.S. soy.”
The PDP report will be utilized by USSEC offices, along with the separate annual USSEC report that covers agchem residue testing done on U.S. export-bound soybeans, to continue to confirm to overseas regulators and customers that U.S. soybeans do not have excessive amounts of ag chemicals applied to them and that U.S. soybeans remain the safest and most sustainably-produced soybeans in the world.
USSEC recently visited high value marine fish growers in the Philippines. USSEC Consultants Levy Loreto Manalac, Philippines USSEC Technical Manager-Aquaculture, and Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Asia Marine Aquaculture Specialist, visited Santeh Feeds Corp., Marine Fish Cage Farm and Palawan Aquaculture Corp. to provide technical servicing and to address issues and concerns in marine fish culture, marine fish disease and health management programs.
Mr. Hsiang conducted a fish disease identification and fish dissection workshop at Palawan Aquaculture Corp. The same seminar was also given to high value marine fish growers and to the staff of government agencies in another province. Mr. Hsiang discussed the latest developments and issues related to high value marine fish culture in ponds and cages, feeding management, disease prevention and health management and spoke about “USSEC High Value Marine Fish Program in Philippines.” An industry representative presented the topic “Prospects of High Value Marine Fish Culture in the Philippines.”
Nestor D. Domenden, Regional Director of Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Fisheries Office, welcomed the participants and highlighted USSEC aquaculture activities in assisting the development of high value marine fish culture in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. This region has an existing area of 218 hectares for milkfish and marine fish culture. With proper support, technical expertise, and a sufficient supply of fingerlings and feeds, the region could see an increase to more than 550 hectares. Approximately 67 participants from the high value marine fish growers, aqua feed millers, hatcheries, fishery officers of various municipalities, staff and technicians of BFAR Region 1 attended the seminar.
USSEC Japan participated in the second Japan Tofu Shop Summit held in Miyagi Prefecture of Tohoku Region. More than 70 tofu companies and soybean wholesalers from all over Japan attended the event organized by Zentoren, the National Federation of Tofu Commerce and Industry Trade Association. USSEC consultant Masako Tateishi delivered the opening remarks at the summit. Ms. Tateishi was followed by a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, along with the Chairman of Zentoren, who once again expressed appreciation for United Soybean Board’s relief efforts at the time of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake & tsunami.
This event offered younger leaders in Japan’s tofu industry the opportunity to interact with each other and learn about products and business plans in an effort to educate the next generation of leaders. The tofu tasting portion of the event featured 45 different types of tofu from various regions of Japan. The newly established Tofu Master Approval System was also presented with the goal of training 10,000 future tofu masters for sustainability of the tofu industry. Zentoren announced that the 3rd & 4th Tofu Shop Summits will be held in Shikoku (June 2013) and Okinawa (2014), respectively.
Japan, a major consumer of tofu products, used 481,000 metric tons (MT) of non-biotech soybeans in 2011. Over 40 percent of the soybeans used for tofu in Japan are from the United States. USSEC Japan, therefore, will continue to support Japan’s tofu industry to maximize the sales of U.S. IP Soy.
USSEC provided technical assistance to six major aqua feed mills in Ecuador that produce feeds for aqua cultured species. Consultants Jairo Amezquita and Mark Newman visited aqua feed mills in the cities of Quito, Ambato and Guayaquil. They gave recommendations about nutrition and the manufacture of aqua feed products for tilapia and shrimp, and discussed the use of soybean products in aquaculture feeds. Mr. Newman, a specialist on aquaculture nutrition and manufacture of aqua products, gave two lectures at these facilities, one about nutrient requirements for tilapia feed and its manufacturing process, and the other regarding new uses of soybean meal and the raw materials necessary to complement the use of soybean meal in feed.
Several aqua feed mills recently expressed interest in participating in a demonstration project using soybean products in Ecuadoran shrimp feed manufacturing. It will be necessary for USSEC to work with aquaculture farms using intensive culture to demonstrate the cost / benefit ratio of utilizing soybean concentrate. Last year, Ecuador produced about 240,000 metric tons (MT) of shrimp and 30,000 MT of tilapia, translating to production of more than 400,000 MT of feed with a potential consumption of 160,000 MT of U.S. soybean meal (SBM) in aqua feeds.
Since 2011, USSEC has greatly strengthened its marketing programs in Ecuador, resulting in U.S. SBM exports to that country increasing by 120% (163 thousand metric tons (TMT) in FY11 vs.415 TMT in FY12). For the current fiscal year, U.S. exports to Ecuador are already at 267 TMT vs. 189 TMT in the same period last year (as of February 28, 2013). This has increased U.S. market share in Ecuador from roughly 35% to more than 80%. Ecuador will become a half million (500,000) MT market for the U.S. in FY13. USSEC’s goal for this important market is an 85% market share.
USSEC is supporting the recent skyrocketing soymilk demands in Japan, which reached a record high in 2012. Unlike other soy food categories, soymilk in Japan is an emerging product; the market increased in size five times between 2000 and 2012. Recent data shows that overall 2012 soymilk consumption was up 16% compared with the previous year, while soy-based beverages containing fruit juices were up 70% between September and December.
The Japan Soymilk Association explains that the consistent growth is because consumers now have more depth of awareness about the benefits of soymilk, such as health & beauty effects, especially among female consumers and former non-soymilk users.
Although the soymilk share of the total Japanese soy foods market is still small, USSEC Japan estimates that the size of the market has grown to USD $ 870 million and, by 2017, it is expected to double. Currently soymilk manufacturers use imported identity preserved food beans mostly from North America. Therefore, USSEC Japan devotes attention to the development of the market by reframing the soymilk industry. Along with working with key consumer groups, and in close cooperation with industry, USSEC Japan supports initiatives such as recipe developments for food service industry, cooking seminars, tie-up with fashion/gourmet magazines and television, and accompanying trade teams to the U.S.
USSEC Japan is looking forward to continuing promotion of soymilk and it’s growth in their effort to maximize the use in Japan of U.S Soy.
USSEC research over the past six years has inspired Adisseo, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of animal feed additives, to conduct its own research using near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) to evaluate the energy and amino acid value of soybean meal (SBM). Adisseo’s research was inspired by their attendance in a 2010 USSEC event in France. After this meeting, Adisseo began working on evaluating soybean by origin.
Adisseo recently began a series of presentations in Europe using their own data based on the USSEC survey. At a March presentation in Barcelona, titled “NIR for SBM,” the company discussed how NIR recognizes soybean origin, can rank soybean meals for their nutritional value and assessed the energy differences between various soybean meal.
Gonzalo Mateos, Professor of University of Spain, recently met with Claire Relandeau, technical manager of the Adisseo NIR project in Paris, to discuss how the USSEC and Adisseo projects fit together. Mr. Mateos will send USSEC-analyzed samples to Ms. Relandeau for Adisseo to analyze and will maintain contact for further collaboration.
In addition to Adisseo, other large feed companies are interested in USSEC’s work in soybean meal survey and soyeabn meal differentiation by in vitro and in vivo trials, including Guissona, Provimi, Cargill, De Heus, Abalioglu, Coren and Glon Sanders, among others. Further survey work by USSEC is being planned at this time.
The USSEC aquaculture program in Southeast Asia is focusing on marine fish hatcheries as a key area for development in FY13. An adequate supply of high quality marine fish fingerlings is key to the uptake of better, soy-optimized formulated feeds and will help in transitioning farmers from using traditional methods of feeding fresh seafood.
Critical to hatchery improvement is the need for better feeds to be developed for the hatchery broodstock. Marine fish broodstock generally take 2-7 years to develop, so eliminating a possible disease vector and developing a feed that will help brooder mature more quickly and optimize their spawning condition is important. This process will begin in Thailand, where a target hatchery where operator is willing to try new feeds for its broodstock was identified. This target feed mill also has the ability to make custom feeds.
USSEC feed specialist Mark Newman visited the feed mill to provide technical support and to prepare to formulate broodstock diets. The goal is to have the diets implemented in the target hatchery in March.
USSEC recently provided technical assistance to livestock and poultry producers in the El Cibao region and in the city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Carlos Campabadal, Pedro Pablo Lora and Fradbelin Escarraman visited nine facilities that utilize U.S. soybean meal for feed production. At these poultry and swine production operations, they discussed and gave recommendations on various topics such as the protein content of soybean meal, the use of soybean oil in animal nutrition, issues with yellow grease, the use of Near Infrared (NIR) technique for amino acids analysis for feed formulation and the quality of ingredients for balanced feeds, among other topics. Diets for livestock and poultry were also reviewed and formulated.
This same team of experts also visited the largest commercial feed mill in the Dominican Republic, which produces more than 12,000 metric tons (MT) of feed per month. The feed mill would like to begin producing tilapia feed, yet they had many concerns and faced some problems with the manufacturing of this type of feed. USSEC consultants discussed these concerns and gave recommendations to overcome this company’s tilapia feed manufacturing issues, provided the nutrient requirements to produce a good quality tilapia feed, reviewed formulas and made several adjustments. The production of tilapia feed by this feed manufacturer will increase imports of U.S. soybean meal by the Dominican Republic.
USSEC recently conducted two seminars on Tilapia Cage Culture and Satiation Feeding Technology to discuss the use of extruded floating feeds in cages.
Levy Manalac, USSEC Philippines Technical Manager for Aquaculture, highlighted the five critical components of a successful aquaculture: market, water, fry, feeds and management (business and production). He also emphasized the advantages of using extruded floating feeds compared to sinking feeds and the use of feed enclosures to prevent feeds from escaping the cages. He reiterated the importance of cage sizes, orientation and positioning of the cages, and the utilization of high quality feed using quality ingredients such as U.S. soybean meal.
Close to 100 fish farmers, technicians and feed managers attended both seminars and, as a result, USSEC anticipates improved production, efficiency and profitability in aquaculture.
USSEC visited several aqua feed millers in the Philippines to discuss concerns and issues in the production of extruded aqua floating feed and provide information on the use of alternative ingredients as replacement to fish meal in fish nutrition. Levy Loreto Manalac, Philippines USSEC Technical Manager-Aquacultur;, Mr. Lukas Manomaitis, Technical Director-Aquaculture, USSEC Southeast Asia; and Mr. Mark Newman, USSEC Feed Mill and Nutrition Consultant, attended the visits.
Mr. Newman conducted feed mill in-house seminars and meetings, presenting the following topics: “Extrusion Principles and Equipment in Aquaculture Feed Production,” “Cost-Effective Feed Formulations in Challenging Economic Times,” “The Utilization of Soybean Products to Reduce the Amount of Fishmeal and Fish Oil in Aquaculture Feeds,” “The Combined Use of Soy and Rendered Animal Products for Fishmeal and Fish Oil Replacement in Aquaculture Feeds” and “Milkfish: Nutrition and Feeds.” These seminars and meetings were attended by production and quality assurance specialists and laboratory personnel from USSEC soy business partners Texicon Agriventures Inc., San Miguel Pure Foods Co., Philippine Foremost Milling, Hoc Po Feeds, Marcela Farms, and Alsons Aquaculture.
USSEC conducted a series of soybean meal seminars and round table meeting for the Japanese poultry industry about U.S. soybean meal quality. Mr. Scott Singlestad, USB Director, Dr. Gonzalo Mateos, Professor of University of Spain, Mr. Paul Burke, USSEC Regional Director for North Asia, and Mitsuyuki Nishimura, USSEC Country for Japan, attended the events on behalf of U.S. soy.
The mission included a poultry seminar at Hachinohe attended by twenty broiler producers and ten feed millers. The group then held seminars for Dai-Ichi Broiler in Hachinohe and Zen-Noh Chicken Foods in Tokyo. The Roundtable Meeting with broiler growers, feed millers, oil crushers and traders also took place in Tokyo. The series ended with a seminar in Kagoshima.
During the trip, Singlestad presented to poultry industry representatives the current and future corn and soy production outlook in the U.S. Burke featured the future global supply and demand of soybean meal and Dr. Mateos talked about the nutritional values of soybean meal from different origins.
Various chicken growers participated in the events, including Aomori Poultry, a layer with 500,000 hens; MP Agro; Dai-Ichi Broiler; Zen-Noh Chicken Foods; Nisshin Marubeni Feed; and Japan Farm Co.
Mr. Sasaki, Manager of Chubu Feed Co., commented that he had never before learned about nutritional differences of soybean meal by country. Chubu Feed Co. is a major supplier of compound feed to the poultry industry and, per Sasaki, most of broiler and layer companies were not yet told about country of origin variations of soybean meal.
About the event, Country Director Nishimura says, “It was the first time animal growers, feed millers, oil crushers and trading companies were brought together this way to discuss nutritional facts about U.S. soybean meal. Participation by a U.S. grower leader and university professor greatly contributed to the event’s success.”
USSEC met with three local feed mills to promote the superiority of U.S. soybean meal amino acid content. The feed mills visited were Daehan Feed, Doosan Feed and Livestock and Heungsung Feed. All three feed mills have been customers of U.S. soy since 2006.
USSEC staff talked to the purchasing staff of the feed mills about how amino acid content is a more important value-determining factor than crude protein. They also discussed how U.S. soybean meal generally has a higher amino acid content than South American soybean meal. This message was supported by USSEC’s U.S. soybean quality whitepaper, the Korea Feed Association (KFA)’s amino acid analysis results on imported soybean meals, and Scothorst Feed Research’s monthly report on soybean meal quality.
USSEC will continue to work with local feed mills to discuss the importance of linking amino acid content to the price of soybean meal in their decision making process for soybean meal purchase.
USSEC conducted two swine and feed seminars in collaboration with feed companies Shanghai Xinnong, Jiangsu Wanruida and Beijing Dorun. Participants included 380 producers in Zhengzhou, Henan Province and Jinan, Shandong Province, where over 100 million hogs are produced each year.
USSEC technical staff and local experts presented to the participants various technical topics including:
- Benefits of U.S. soy in swine nutrition
- Optimizing utilization of plant proteins in animal feed
- Advanced swine technologies and disease prevention and control
- Formulating high quality piglet diets
- Properly selecting additives and vitamins to improve pig feed quality
- Physiological functions of probiotics and prebiotics in animal gut.
It is expected that the seminars will help swine producers and swine feed manufacturers in the region improve their productivity and demand for more soy, especially U.S. soy products.
An initial survey showed that 80% of the participants were aware of the benefits of using soy products from U.S. soybeans and 70% would like to adopt the new swine technologies presented by the speakers. Around half of the participating swine farmers intend to use 2-3% more soybean meal in young pig diets, instead of other protein sources, when they return to their farms.
USSEC AU Technical Director Dr. Richard Han, AU Technical Consultant Sam Shi as well as AU Program Manager Ms. Sunny Zhang joined five local speakers to present the above mentioned topics to seminar participants.
Patricia Bynes joined USSEC as Process Management Coordinator. Reporting to Rich Greene, Chief Administrative Officer, Bynes will be heading a cross-functional task force charged with ensuring that USSEC processes and procedures are consistent, facilitate the organization’s mission and are compliant with the requirements of funding sources.
Bynes’ accounting professional background includes serving as an Investment Fund Manager for various federal and state tax credit programs related to building communities and as an Assistant Controller for a wholesale distributor. She also is experienced in managing and developing teams, documenting policies and procedures, and working for companies seeking growth. Her education includes a Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Masters of Business Administration from Washington University’s Executive MBA program. While completing her MBA, Bynes participated in a study aboard program for international business at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Bynes enjoys politics and holds an elected office, participates as a board member for several local non-profits, and does freelance writing for newspapers and blogs.