Jim Sutter

CEO, U.S. Soybean Export Council


Jim Sutter joined USSEC as their CEO in 2010 after over 30 years of industry experience with Cargill, Inc. 


Since joining USSEC Sutter has led Strategy development to ensure that the organization’s key focus is on differentiating and building a preference for U.S. Soy.  Key initiatives have included building on the competitive advantage of U.S. Soy’s Sustainability, improving the Partnership with China in the area of Sustainable Food Security, and demonstration of the intrinsic and extrinsic advantages of U.S. Soy to Customers around the globe.  Strong emphasis has also been placed on ensuring USSEC’s Project Management and Administrative Processes meet or exceed the requirements of their funding sources. 


“I had an interesting and rewarding 30-year career in the oilseeds industry working for Cargill and it is now my honor to put that experience to work alongside the talented USSEC team of 120 individuals all around the world and the USSEC stakeholders here in the U.S. to continue to build and maintain strong U.S. soy exports,” said Sutter. “My experiences in the global oilseeds business has given me a perspective of the many moving parts required to optimize overall efficiencies and the need for collaboration among many parties to ensure success.  


Sutter is active working with various Industry Associations around the world on behalf of U.S. Soy. 


Sutter grew up on a crop and cattle farm in northeastern Colorado, received a degree in Agricultural Business/Economics from Colorado State University, has worked and lived in numerous global locations and now makes his home in St Louis, Missouri.   

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