Today, the soy checkoff and its international marketing arm, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), will welcome more than 200 international buyers of U.S. soy from 40 countries to the Davenport, Iowa, to see some of this year’s crop and talk business.
The guests represent the companies that purchase a large portion of the U.S. soybean exports, and USSEC will be using the time they spend here showing them how U.S. farmers continue to produce a high-quality, reliable and abundant crop to meet their needs.
Among the countries represented are the top five importers of U.S. soy: China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan and Mexico, which combined, brought in 31 million metric tons, or 1.1 billion bushels, of U.S. whole soybeans in the last marketing year.
“The U.S. SOY Global Trade Exchange will help the checkoff as it creates demand and cultivates customers abroad,” said United Soybean Board (USB) Chairman Jim Stillman. “That is one of the primary functions of the national soy checkoff, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers have satisfied customers around the world to buy their soybeans.”
The event, scheduled Sept. 16-18, will start with the “USSEC Trade Team Invitational,” where U.S. companies can conduct meetings with representatives from the visiting trade teams. Participants will also get the chance to hear from industry speakers and network with some of the largest soy exporters in the world.
For more information about the event, go to www.GrainConference.com.