USSEC and Meridien Group, an animal feed additives producer, recently hosted the 2012 International Symposium on Animal Nutrition and the Modulation of Gut Health in Changsha, Hunan province, which attracted more than 300 Chinese poultry and swine producers.
Animal nutrition and feed ingredients play an important role in animal gut health. USSEC organized the symposium to increase awareness of quality soybean meal utilization in animal feeds. Presenters from the United Kingdom, Greece and the Netherlands discussed various measures that can be employed to manage gut health.
Zhang Xiaoping, country director for China, shared soy market updates, and Richard Han, animal utilization technical director, and Leo Liu, technical manager, participated in a question and answer session. Initial survey results showed that the topics were well received by participants, and some expressed their willingness to try technologies introduced during the symposium.
The USSEC Southeast Asia Soy in Aquaculture team recently participated in the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) seminar on cost-efficient feed management and marketing strategies to improve productivity and income. More than thirty participants, including milkfish cage operators, technicians, feed managers and investors, attended the event.
Diomede Bucog Jr., Tateh Premium Feeds Corp. area sales manager, discussed feeds for milkfish culture in cages, and Levy Manalac, USSEC technical manager for aquaculture, discussed cost efficient feeding management and highlighted key components of successful aquaculture, including:
- Water quality management inside the cages and cage positioning.
- Advantages of using extruded floating feeds vs. sinking feeds.
- The importance of using high quality ingredients, such as U.S. soy meal.
- Various cost efficient feeding management tips.
USSEC recently presented new business opportunities on value-added soybean varieties that will soon be commercialized in the United States. Kim Nill, USSEC technical issues director, spoke with the research and development and business planning departments at Korea’s two soybean processing companies about how these new varieties will allow companies to market new food, feed and biolubricant products.
Nill also presented at a joint meeting of the Korea Nutrition Society and International Union of Nutritional Sciences with delegates attending from thirteen Asian and Pacific countries. He explained how value-added soybeans will reduce major malnutrition problems in those countries.
USSEC recently visited several swine processing plants in Columbia and talked to personnel about security standard operating procedures. As these employees work in state of the art facilities, Julio Chaves, USSEC contractor, highlighted their responsibilities to meet public health standards and strict protocols to assure meat quality. Practicing safe and sanitary methods leads to higher pork sales and an increased demand for soy-based feed.
Previously, Columbia imported 90 percent of its soybeans from the United States, but due to high tariffs, Columbia currently imports a majority of its soybeans from South American countries. The free trade agreement may allow the United States to increase its soybean market share in Columbia.
USSEC Southeast Asia investigates potential models that could be used to estimate the carrying capacities of common bodies of water for sustainable aquaculture production. In a recent workshop in Indonesia, Dave Bengtson, Ph.D., of the University of Rhode Island, worked with Gede Sumiarsa, Ph.D., USSEC aquaculture local coordinator, to study the maximum allowable production in a body of water.
A body of water, such as a lake, reservoir, bay or river, and its carrying capacity has four major considerations: physical, production, ecological and social. Unfortunately, fish farmers are often misled that bodies of water should maximize instead of optimize fish production. Waste from rapid aquaculture development affects the production and life span of inland and coastal waters. If farmers continue to solely focus on increasing the number of fish produced, their business cannot be sustained.
Bengtson also emphasized the importance of better soy-based feeds and feeding methods during the workshop. Similar study trips have been conducted to see if potential modeling approaches can be used to regulate aquaculture locally, nationally and regionally.
USSEC recently participated in the Non-Ruminant Nutrition Forum in Korea. Swine and poultry nutritionists from feed mills and swine and poultry integrators attended the event. A need for analysis of amino acids in soybean meal (SBM) was discussed at the forum, and Hyung Suk Lee, animal utilization technical director, suggested that nutritionists and integrators analyze all imported SBM to evaluate the economic value of crude protein and amino acid content.
U.S. hipro dehulled SBMcontains more amino acids than SBM from South America and India, and evaluating the amino acids on imported SBM can differentiate the economic value of certain products. Following the forum, Lee visited the Korea Feed Association lab and its member feed mills to analyze imported SBM.
Metric tons: 9.8 million
Bushels: 360.2 million
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Bushel equivalents: 30 million
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Bushel Equivalents: 4.1 million
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Bushel Equivalents: 394.3 million
Soybean marketing year: September 1-August 31
Soybean meal and soybean oil marketing year: October 1 – September 30
USSEC, the United Soybean Board (USB) and the American Soybean Association (ASA) hosted the first Forum for Sustainable Supply of Grains and Oilseeds for the Americas Nov. 13-15 in Pureto Vallarta. The event drew a large audience with more than 80 top executives from international soy trading companies, U.S. exporters, USSEC member companies and U.S. grower leaders to discuss key issues affecting the oilseed and grain trade in North and South America.
Experts from Mexico, Central America, and the Andean and Caribbean regions presented valuable market intelligence highlighting drivers and inhibitors to expanding market share for U.S. soy in the region. The U.S. supply and demand situation was presented by USSEC Board Member and USB Director Tom Rotello (Texas), ASA Treasurer and Trade Policy and International Affairs Chairman Bob Henry (Kansas), USB consultant John Baize, and Gary Martin, President and CEO of the North American Export Grain Association.
USSEC member company, Commodity and Ingredient Hedging LLC, was represented at the forum by Michael Shawver, Manager of Business Development. He presented a profile of a company that considers risk management and procurement strategies to reduce cost and be more competitive. Educating U.S. soy buyers on risk management and procurement skills is a key element of USSEC’s strategy to provide business development tools to strengthen relationships with key customers in high growth international markets.
Other topics discussed during the conference included change management; biotechnology; food security; international certifications and regulatory standards; branding and digital marketing; and nutritional genomics. Audience response devices were utilized to allow conference participants to provide feedback in real time and helped drive meaningful discussions and informed conclusions.
Earlier this year, USSEC hosted buyers conferences in Southeast Asia and Europe. These conferences allow participants to discuss emerging issues and reflect on the challenges and opportunities that face the soy industry. Linking buyers and suppliers for meaningful discussions and networking opportunities translates into an effective platform for trading and relationship building. This was the first such conference held in the Americas and another first-time buyers conference is scheduled for Dec. 12-13 in Dubai, U.A.E. when USSEC will launch its new office there covering the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Subcontinent region.
The full program and speaker profiles are available in both English and Spanish on the forum website: www.forodesuministrosustentable.com.
USSEC hosted a Chinese crop tour team attending Grain and Soy Trade Summit in New Orleans to tours of soybean farms in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. During the trip, Chinese delegates visited with soybean farmers, elevator managers and co-op executives. The hands-on tour allowed Chinese buyers to see all aspects of the U.S. soy industry, from farming, warehousing and handling to marketing and transportation logistics.
Through the farm tours, USSEC assured the Chinese team members of the steady supply of U. S. soy despite this year’s severe drought. Crop conditions turned out to be much better than previously estimated due to late-season rain and the adoption of biotech crops. The team inspected soybean fields, soil and farm equipment and visited with soy farmers about production costs and farming practices such as biotechnology, seeds, tillage, machinery and chemical uses. Some of the team members even rode in a combine with the hosting farmers for the first time to observe soybean harvest. Many commented on the efficiency and reliability of U.S. soy production which will ensure food security in the United States and the rest of the world.
Throughout the past decade, USSEC has spoken about the economic importance of disease free marine fish juveniles and high quality fingerlings and fingerling feeds as the basis for a successful ocean aquaculture industry in Asia. Although the volume of soy feed is limited in hatchery and fingerling systems, healthy juvenile fish are the basis for feed-based ocean production systems that utilize soy as a key feed ingredient.
USSEC works closely with the United Soybean Board to develop and demonstrate soy-optimized feeds for the ocean aquaculture industry that can help drive rapid expansion of the sector. As part of this effort, the USSEC aquaculture program in Southeast Asia (SEA) recently collaborated with the aquaculture sector in Australia to develop soy-optimized feeds for Asian sea bass and to assist the SEA ocean aquaculture sector to improve marine fish hatchery systems.
In 2012, USSEC contractor Dr. Stewart Fielder of New South Wales, Australia, provided training in seminars and on-site visits as a first step in upgrading marine fish hatchery systems in several USSEC target countries in SEA. In 2013, the USSEC SEA aquaculture program will conduct verification feeding demonstrations with industry of the soy-optimized Asian sea bass diet, and in 2014, USSEC plans to provide hands-on marine fish hatchery training for SEA producers with Dr. Fielder in Australia. These efforts are targeted at increasing the productivity and sustainability of the SEA ocean aquaculture industry as a major market for U.S. soy in the coming decade.
Nineteen feed manufacturers from Southeast Asia recently attended the Feed Manufacturing Technology course at the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) in Fargo, N.D., to hear about feed manufacturing technology through presentations, processing demonstrations and hands-on training. USSEC collaborated with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council and South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council to co-sponsor the event.
Participants learned about the latest technical information to better understand today’s feed manufacturing industry and the benefits of U.S. soy for animal nutrition.
“In shipping soybeans to Asia, the United States has a definite advantage over our competitors in Brazil and Argentina because we can ship from the Pacific Northwest directly to Asia. The shorter shipping time results in lower freight costs,” said Kim Koch, Ph.D., NCI feed center manager. “There is tremendous potential for animal production in China, India and Southeast Asia, and the more we can do to help them get quality U.S. soybeans to make quality meal, the better off everyone will be.”
The group visited an integrated swine production facility and feed mill in Cando, N.D., export facilities in Portland, Ore., and the Ag Processing Export Terminal in Aberdeen, Wash. Participants saw firsthand the quality, efficiency and reliability of U.S. soy production.
Lead instructor, Kim Koch, has more than 20 years of experience in international consulting with the feed manufacturing industry and has lectured on feed mill efficiency and design, mixing, particle size reduction and pelleting.
USSEC staff recently met with the general manager from Aquafarm Nusantara (PTAN) Indonesia, a division of the tilapia producer, Regal Springs, to promote soy-based pellet feed. PTAN is the only tilapia fillet exporter to U.S. and European markets with an export capacity of more than 160 tons per day.
As a Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified integrated aquaculture enterprise, the company operates one feed mill, two tilapia hatcheries and two fish processing facilities equipped with thousands of workers and floating cages in four reservoirs and lakes in Indonesia. The feed mill uses U.S. soy-based floating pellet feed for tilapia during nursery and growout stages.
USSEC recently participated in the Ecuadorian Aquaculture Congress in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The event was sponsored by the National Aquaculture Chamber and the University of Guayaquil—both strong supporters of the aquaculture industry in the Americas.
More than 400 industry representatives attended in the meeting to learn about Ecuador’s shrimp production. Attendees also learned about animal health, water resources, the structure and function of production systems, and market access. USSEC’s involvement in aquaculture in the region, specifically shrimp nutrition, was also discussed at the event.
USSEC contractor Herbert Quintero, Ph.D., delivered a presentation on the recent developments of soy usage, including soy ingredients and shrimp feed.
In Ecuador shrimp production in 2012 will amount to an estimated 200,000 tons. Ecuador is among the world’s largest producers of shrimp, and the country strives to become a supplier for Asian markets in the coming years.
USSEC recently hosted a team of 20 Chinese feed mill staff and animal producers to learn more about U.S. soy and livestock production and attend the International Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. The team visited Kansas State University to hear about new technology in livestock production and management as well as tour dairy farms, feed mills, a feed processing integrator, soybean farms and a grain elevator.The participants expressed interest learning about how the U.S. grain storage and distribution systems work together to deliver a consistent and reliable soy supply for domestic and international customers. The trip increased the Chinese team’s confidence level in the sustainability and availability of U.S. soy to meet their growing demands and continue to support economic growth and industry development in China. The Chinese team also saw first-hand the advantages of using a soy-based diet in dairy production and see soy playing an important role in increasing the productivity of the dairy industry in China.
The Kansas, Iowa and Illinois state soybean associations co- hosted the team. Richard Han, animal utilization technical director; Leo Liu, technical manager; and Sunny Zhang, program manager, escorted the group.
USSEC’s Soy in Aquaculture program recently conducted a seminar on sustainable tilapia cage farming, disease prevention and health management in the Philippines. More than 85 representatives from tilapia cage operators, the Taal Lake Aquaculture Alliance, Inc., government agencies and feed mills attended the seminar. Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC contractor; Levy Loreto Manalac, USSEC aquaculture technical manager; and Basilisa Reas, Ph.D., USSEC animal utilization technical manager, discussed disease prevention, identifying symptoms on the farm and health management for tilapia farms.
Lan focused on the health management aspect of tilapia cage farming and its importance in maximizing production. He also discussed the proper use of extruded soy floating feeds and the 90 percent satiation feeding technique. Manalac introduced USSEC’s upcoming activities in the Philippines and shared the production benefits of using extruded floating feeds compared to sinking steamed pellet feeds. Reas discussed global supply and demand of raw feed materials and how that impacts the prices of major aqua feed ingredients. Reas also promoted the advantages of using U.S. soy meal as compared to soy meal from other origins.
Government agencies in attendance included the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Municipal Agriculturalist Office of Talisay, Batangas; feed mills included San Miguel Foods, Inc., Santeh Feeds Corp., Feedmix, and New Hope Feeds.
USSEC recently attended the Nicaraguan Small and Medium Poultry Producers Council’s Poultry Congress. USSEC contractor, Carlos Campabadal, offered technical assistance in poultry nutrition and management to the poultry producers in attendance. Campabadal presented information on the advantages of using soy-based feed to obtain maximum egg production during the laying period. He also fielded questions from the more than 250 poultry producers in attendance regarding soy meal quality, feed quality control programs and management topics.
During the seminar, Campabadal met with two members of the Nicaraguan Small and Medium Poultry Producers Council to discuss future collaboration between the council and USSEC. He also met with two members of the Nicaraguan Association of Agricultural Producers to discuss possible USSEC activities in the country’s dairy production industry, the largest dairy producer in Central America.
Nicaragua produces more than 51 million broilers each year and small and medium size laying hen producers represent 50 to 55 percent of the total egg production in the country.
Representatives from USSEC, the United Soybean Board and the American Soybean Association will join executives from international soy trading companies in Puerta Vallarta on Nov.13-15 to discuss the sustainable supply of U.S. soy.
The global status of the grain and oilseed industry is at a critical stage, primarily due to drought conditions that had an impact on production in South America and the United States. Additionally, economic growth in Asian countries has spurred a dramatic increase in demand for livestock and poultry products by a growing middle class. These factors have increased the demand for grain and soy for feed. The conference will allow participants to discuss these topics and reflect upon the challenges and opportunities that face the soy industry.
USSEC continued follow-up meetings with fish growers in Korea who recently participated in USSEC activities during the past year. In Soo Shin, USSEC aquaculture utilization contractor, met with farm staff to maintain awareness of the benefits of using soy-based extruded pellet feed in their operations. The meetings included fish growers who have applied for a government assistance program that encourages the adoption of soy-based pellet feeds. Shin emphasized the high soy protein concentrate found in extruded pellet feed how it can provide an economic and sustainable source of protein for aqua feed. USSEC will continue to promote soy-based extruded pellet feed in the country as a government policy to prohibit fish-based moist pellet feed is expected to take effect in 2016.
Representatives from USSEC, the United Soybean Board and the American Soybean Association joined executives from international soy trading companies in Barcelona last week to discuss sustainable soy trade. This is the second year for the event.
Robert Hanson, FAS Agriculture Counselor, Iberian Peninsula, opened the conference with an outline of the current state of affairs in the Spanish market, commenting on the good work done and to be continued by USSEC. Jim Sutter, USSEC CEO, and Mark Anderson, regional director, then welcomed the more than 60 invited customers on behalf of the U.S. Soy Family.
Next, Vanessa Kummer, USB chair and farmer from North Dakota, spoke on the topic of U.S. sustainability and farmer responsibility towards the land and the market they serve. Sharon Covert, USSEC vice-chairman and farmer from Illinois, then spoke about sustainable farming on her farm as well as others, highlighting her practices and successes as well as challenges faced and overcome. Danny Murphy, ASA director and farmer from Mississippi, presented on the current crop condition as well as what to expect for 2013.
Tom Hammer, National Oilseed Processors Association president, spoke about top export markets for U.S. soy as well as priority issues and solutions to EU trade challenges. Hammer was followed by presentations by industry experts: Thomas Mielke, CEO, Oil World; John Baize, President, John Baize and Associates; Alexander Doring, Executive Director, FEFAC (European Feed Manufacturers Federation); Blair Fortner, Director of Economics, Monsanto Company; Dr. Jannes Doppenberg, Schothorst Feed Research; Dr. Jan van Eys, President G.A.N.S, France; Ken Eriksen – Senior Vice President, Transportation, Industrials and Energy Services, Informa Economics, Inc., USA; and Patrick Vanden Avenne – President, FEFAC.
Jim Sutter closed the conference with a review of the topics and speakers. To request copies of the presented material, please contact Lisa Pine at LPine@ussec.org.
USSEC recently hosted a team of twelve Korean feed mill and broiler integrator executives and staff to the United States. The team included research and development, formulation and purchasing staff as well as two vice presidents from the Korea Feed Association.The delegation had the opportunity to learn about U.S. swine and broiler production, U.S. soy meal production and the logistics of shipping soy.
The team traveled to North Carolina, Oregon and California to visit North Carolina State University, a Cargill crushing plant, Murphy Brown LLC, Butterball, a grain export terminal and Hanjin Shipping. The participants used this trip to build trade relationships with U.S. soy exporters. Say Young Jo, USSEC Korea country director, and Hyung Suk Lee, USSEC animal utilization technical director accompanied the team.
USSEC’s coordination of buyer team visits has been an effective tool in expanding the market for U.S. soy in Korea as well as other countries.