USSEC and the Midwest Shippers Association are excited to welcome the following speakers to the event.
Byron Reilly is the Director of USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS), Departmental Initiatives and International Affairs (DIIA) in Washington, D.C. With extensive knowledge on grain grading, Reilly will be breaking down how individual soybean grades are assigned and he will touch on the foreign complaint process during his presentation.
He grew up on a family farm in rural Pennsylvania, where they grew corn and Soft Red Winter wheat and raised cattle and swine. He Delaware Valley University earning a degree in Agronomy.Reilly began working for FGIS in 1977 in Indianapolis as an Agricultural Commodity Grader. He has worked as a Grain Marketing Specialist in Washington, D.C., with the DIIA for the past 32 years. In 2014, he became the Director of the DIIA.
Reilly has traveled overseas to numerous countries to address grain quality issues and technical barriers to trade, helped establish grain inspection labs in several countries and train government and industry inspectors, and worked with USDA Cooperator organizations like USSEC, ASA, USGC on market development activities. He has developed and implemented a program to station an FGIS inspector in S.E. Asia for 1 month assignments working with the Foreign Agricultural Service and USDA cooperator organizations to meet with importers and end users face-to-face to address their concerns and provide technical grain grading training.
DADI HIDAYAT MASKAR
Dadi Hidayat Maskar is a consultant for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), responsible for the Soy-food Program in Indonesia since 2007. Prior to his start in consultancy work in 2007, he was a Researcher, Lecturer and Food Safety Coordinator of the South East Asia Minister Education Organization (SEAMEO), Regional Center for Food and Nutrition, University of Indonesia. He is a certified Food Safety Trainer and Food Safety and Quality System Auditor. He wil be joining a panel to address international soy food demands.
Maskar has been involved in several research and intervention projects related to Health, Nutrition and Food Safety, including relief work in emergency health aid. He started his professional career as Medical Representative for Solvay Pharmaceuticals in 1995. He received his MSc in Community Nutrition from the Post Graduate Program of the Medical Faculty, University of Indonesia after obtaining his bachelor degree in Nutrition and Food Technology. He got his PhD in Human Nutrition from the Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University. Currently, he is National Committee Member of Indonesian Nutritionist Association (PERSAGI) and Secretary General of the Indonesian Tempe Forum (ITF).
Ankush Bhandari, Vice President of Economic Research at Gavilon Group, LLC is set to present on the World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates for soy and other grain commodities. Bhandari is responsible for the company's grain, oilseed, and biofuel industry research and analysis. Gavilon is among the world's largest grain trading companies, connects producers and consumers of feed, food and fuel, linking agricultural supply with demand through its global supply chain network. The company provides origination, storage and handling, transportation and logistics, marketing and distribution, and risk management services to customers and suppliers across the globe.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation, Gavilon employs more than 1,900 people at nearly 300 facilities and offices worldwide.