USSEC attended the 2019 Commodity Classic, “Time to Shine!” from February 27 to March 2 in Orlando, Florida. The Commodity Classic is generally regarded as the largest farmer-led and farmer-focused convention and trade show in the U.S., providing opportunities for growers, member associations, agribusinesses, and media to check out new innovations and connect with each other.
In addition to hosting a booth and a learning session, USSEC held a reception prior to the American Soybean Association (ASA) banquet on Friday evening. Attendees included U.S. soy grower leaders along with leadership from Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs), ASA, and the United Soybean Board (USB).
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue swung by the USSEC booth, visiting with two young guests and Mr. Soy. USSEC later raffled the mini Gator as a prize.
Paul Burke, USSEC Senior Director – U.S. Soy Marketing Programs, shows Rusty Smith, Chairman of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, a model of USSEC’s In Pond Raceway System (IPRS) at the USSEC booth.
USSEC staff prepares to welcome visitors to the booth. L to R: Eric Gibson, Pam Helming, Jim Sutter, Jen Del Carmen, Paul Burke, Lisa Humphreys, and Anna Friday.
Two Gibsons at the USSEC booth – past USSEC director Todd Gibson and USSEC Stakeholder Relations Coordinator Eric Gibson enjoyed talking with guests.
Richard Fordyce, administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, speaks with USB CEO Polly Ruhland at the USSEC reception.
Nathan White, a soybean farmer from Norborne, Missouri, talks with USSEC Director – Sustainability Abby Rinne at the USSEC booth.
USSEC Director – Animal Focus & Meal Pam Helming and communications consultant Jen Del Carmen had “soy” much fun with USSEC’s Snapchat filter.