USSEC often partners with the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) and contributes to NCI activities as the U.S. Soy industry seeks to connect buyers and sellers.
NCI is a collaborative effort among North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota to support the promotion and market development of crops grown in the four-state region. NCI is an international meeting and learning center that brings together customers, commodity traders, technical experts, and processors for discussion, education, and technical services.
The organization’s 2018 courses are aimed at soybean buyers.
Commodity Soybean Procurement Management for Importers (July 23-27, 2018) - This course is designed to provide soybean buyers with a greater understanding of the U.S. soybean market, which can enhance their ability in purchasing U.S. soybeans. The focus is to create an awareness of commodity price risk exposures; describe the use of price risk management instruments and soybean quality characteristics when making purchasing decisions.
NCI-INTSOY (August 27 - September 1, 2018) - Course participants will learn practical processing methods and innovative applications of soybean ingredients in meat, beverages, baking, snacks, traditional soy food, and animal feed products. After two days of hands-on labs and lectures at the NCI, course participants will travel to South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota for an additional day of training, demonstrations and tours.
Food Grade Soybean Procurement Management for Importers Course (October 8-12, 2018) - Course participants will have the opportunity to review the overall food grade soybean industry in the region as it relates to handling, storage, transportation, and quality characteristics. In addition, participants will gain greater understanding of the CBOT soybean futures market, as it relates to procurement strategies that can enhance their ability to purchase food grade soybeans.
Further details about these and other courses will be provided on NCI’s website at www.northern-crops.com after January 1, 2018.