Keynote Speakers and New Sponsors Added to 2016's Lineup

Seth Meyer, Chair of World Agriculture Outlook Board to deliver keynote kickoff at USSEC/MSA Global Soy Event

Seth Meyer, Ph.D., chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's World Agriculture Outlook Board, will deliver the keynote, kick-off presentation on the "Global Soy & Grain Supply and Demand Outlook" at the upcoming U.S. SOY Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show on Wednesday, August 31.

Dr. Meyer is responsible for producing the monthly forecasts of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, recognized as the leading public analysis and forecasts of agricultural commodity markets and supply.

Meyer was appointed to his position by USDA's Chief Economist Robert Johansson on May 31, 2015. He first joined USDA's Office of the Chief Economist in 2013 as a Senior Economist for domestic agricultural policy. Prior to joining USDA, Dr. Meyer spent the previous two years as a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in the Global Perspectives Studies Unit, examining the long-term determinants of agriculture demand and the allocation of productive resources to meet that growing demand.

Dr. Meyer also spent 12 years as a researcher and faculty member with the University of Missouri's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), analyzing policies affecting grain and oilseed markets, cotton, biofuels, and agricultural commodity transportation. Meyer has authored numerous publications on these subjects, including several examining U.S. biofuel policy, and has spent time as an invited researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines; the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) in Tsukuba, Japan; and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) in Rome, Italy. Dr. Meyer grew up in eastern Iowa and has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri.

Wells Fargo economist Tim Quinlan to deliver World Economic Outlook address

Tim Quinlan, director and senior economist with Wells Fargo Securities Global Economic division, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, will deliver the second day kick-off program address September 1 on the World Economic Outlook. Quinlan provides analysis on the macro U.S. and major foreign economies. His international analysis efforts for Wells Fargo concentrate on Japan, Canada, Korea, and Australia. Quinlan's work has been published in academic economic journals and his comments on the economy appear regularly in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USDA Today. He is also a frequent guest on CNBC and National Public Radio in the U.S. He joined Wells Fargo in 2002 and previously worked for Putnam Investments in Boston. Wells Fargo is one of the leading international banks in the world. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage, consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations. It has offices in 36 countries. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2015 rankings of the largest U.S. corporations.

What's in Store for the World's Weather in 2017?

Learn all about it from Thomson Reuters' Daniel Redo at the USSEC/Midwest Shippers 2016 Conference

One of the top long range global weather forecasters is also a confirmed speaker for the big international soy and grain trading event set for August 30 through September 1 in Indianapolis, IN. Daniel Redo, Ph.D., is Lanworth's Manager of Agriculture Research at Thomson Reuters. Currently, he oversees the team's early season and long-range forecasts of corn, soybean, wheat, rapeseed, and palm oil production in the United States, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Redo has over a decade of experience applying remote sensing, geospatial, and weather analysis to monitoring global agro-forest production with special emphasis on Latin America and the United States. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from Texas A&M University.

USSEC announces International Trade Team plans for 2016 Global Soy Trade Exchange

USSEC announced May 19 it anticipates hosting between 200 and 250 international trade team soy and grain buyers from around the world. They will be attending our Indianapolis event, along with top U.S. ag supplier industry representatives from leading food and feed soy and grain exporting companies. Teams from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan. Northern and Southern Europe, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Romania, Russia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, West Africa and the Asian Subcontinent have already confirmed their attendance.

Additional major sponsors backing this year's USSEC, Midwest Shippers international event

The DeLong Co., Inc., a major soy and grain trading company headquartered in Clinton, Wisconsin is our newest Gold level sponsor., the Illinois Soybean Association's program that helps soybean farmers connect with buyers and traders of premium food grade and other value-added soybeans, is also a new Gold sponsor.

The North Dakota Soybean Council has returned as a Gold level sponsor. The soybean promotional program is supported by farmers in the state that has shown the fastest growth in soybean production in recent years.

Wells Fargo Bank N.A. is a new Gold level sponsor. Wells Fargo is one of the largest U.S. banks, and a leading international bank with offices across the globe. Wells Fargo offers international banking transaction services to customers, and is one of the largest agricultural lenders and consumer banking service financial institutions in the U.S.

The Scoular Company is our latest Silver level sponsor. Scoular is a 123-year old employee-owned company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska that supplies grain, feed ingredients and food ingredients around the globe. Scoular has 120 offices and facilities in North America, South America and Asia involved in buying, selling, storing, handling and processing of grain, soy and ingredients.

The Iowa Soybean Association has returned as a Bronze level sponsor. Since 1964, the Iowa Soybean Association has been working to improve profitability for farmers in one of the U.S. largest soybean production states. These are the latest in a growing list of sponsors for the upcoming big international soy event. They join previously announced: United Soybean Board, American Soybean Association - Platinum Recognition; Indiana Soybean Alliance, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council - Gold Level; and SB&B Foods, Bronze Level/Lanyard sponsor. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and the current list of sponsors, go to:

Exhibitors Lining Up for the 2016 Trade Show...

Our Trade Show keeps growing for the U.S. Global Soy Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference. The newest confirmed exhibitors include:

They join previously announced exhibitors. Click on their website links above to learn more about them.

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Make Your Reservations

You can now register to attend and make your hotel reservations for the upcoming 2016 U.S. Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference, set for August 30 - September 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana USA.

This year's conference and trade show will be held at the four-star JW Marriott Indianapolis luxury hotel. The 33-story JW Marriott is the newest conference hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Conference attendees can book rooms at the low event group rate of $144 plus tax.

Go to to register online for the conference and arrange your lodging at the JW Marriott.

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