Discount Registration Cut-off for USSEC/MSA Global Soy Event Extended to This Friday, August 5 - Don't Delay!
If you're not already signed up to attend the USSEC U.S. SOY Global Trade Exchange and MSA's Midwest Specialty Grains Conference - now just over three weeks away - you still have an opportunity to register at the discount rate, but you better move fast! The discount cut-off has been extended one week until this Friday, August 5. Go to www.grainconference.com to register.
Attendance, sponsor and exhibitor participation are all running very strong. The trade show is nearing its max, with a few spots left at this time. We're working right now to line up additional rooms on-site, or nearby, at the very good discount lodging rate we have at the four-star JW Marriott Indianapolis, for our big international conference set for August 30 - September 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
New Program Features
Specialty grains are finding growing demand from global consumers who are expressing a desire for natural, nutritional and unique foods. And that portends an opportunity for farmers. While the Midwest Shippers Association's member ranks includes more than 25 companies that source and supply specialty food grade soybeans, MSA also has a strong roster of companies involved in supplying a range of specialty grains - many of whom will be present in Indianapolis in the trade show.
On September 1, food industry veteran Neil Doty, Ph.D., Technical Director/Consultant to the Northern Crops Institute, will head a session titled, "Rising Global market Demand and North American Production of Specialty Grains - Pulses, Ancient Grains, Oats, Flax, Non-GMO and Food Grade Corn and More".
Joining Doty will be industry panelists: Chris Crawford, Senior Market Manager, Scoular Company, Specialty Grains Group; and Bruce Roskens, Director of Crop Sciences, Grain Millers, Inc.; with one additional industry speaker anticipated.
Specialty Food Soybeans
A panel of four U.S. food grade, specialty soybean exporters will present the results of an informal survey on the production outlook for the current 2016 crop U.S. supply of special trait, non-GMO food soybeans. These value-added food soybeans go to global markets for use in making soy milk, tofu, miso, natto, soy sauce and other unique soyfoods that remain in high demand by consumers in Asian countries and elsewhere. The "U.S. Food Grade Soybean Supply Outlook" will be presented by Ray Loucks of IOM Grain in Indiana; Jim Traub of Clarkson Grain in Illinois; Steve Ford of Stonebridge Ltd., headquartered in Iowa; and Aaron Skyberg of SK Food International, a division of Healthy Food Ingredients based in Fargo, ND.
Food Consumer Trends
Pauline Oudin, Managing Director of Sopexa, a global agency for food, beverage and lifestyle marketing, will present the findings of a multi-country study on the preferences of "'Foodies'- Behaviors of Millenials and Younger Food consumers in China, Japan, the U.S. and other countries".
Soy Meal, Feed and Commodity Soybean Demand
Industry experts Gonzalo Mateos, Ph.D., from University of Madrid, Spain; and Hans Stein, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois will give presentations on new research on the nutritional quality of soybean meal in feed rations for poultry and livestock. Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist for International FC Stone Financial, Inc. will cover the Outlook for Global Animal Protein Demand. An aquaculture market session is also being confirmed at this time.
International Trade Policy
Gary Martin, president of the North American Grain Export Association, returns to our conference and will speak on current global dynamics in international governmental trade policy and its impact on trade flows of grains, oilseeds and other agricultural bulk commodities.
Three informative sessions on grain and soy transportation have been lined up:
"Great Lakes Grain & Soy Shipping - All Water Options To and From the Heartland" will feature experts on ocean ship access to soybeans and grains using the St. Lawrence Seaway to reach direct into the Upper Midwest. Adam Schlicht, from the joint U.S./Canada St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, will be joined by David Gutheil, from the Port of Cleveland, Kate Ferguson, from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, and Zach Mandel, Soybean Merchandiser for Nidera-USA Chicago Illinois River Marketing, Inc.
"Inland Intermodal Rail Service-New Developments for Export Container Shipping" will put the spotlight on Canadian National Railway's expanding inland container shipping services to the Midwest. CN is unique among Class 1 U.S. railroads in its willingness to serve smaller satellite rail locations that offer additional options for exporters beyond the major hubs. CN's service to Indianapolis - in partnership with Indiana Railroad Co. ; plus ramps in Chippewa Falls and Arcadia, Wisconsin; and other smaller locations, in addition to CN's large presence in Chicago will be covered by a senior CN representative, and Eric Powell, president of the Indiana Railroad Co. CN offers shippers container shipping service from the Midwest to the West Coast ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert; to the East to Montreal and Halifax, Canada; and south to ports of New Orleans and Mobile.
"Inland River & Barge Shipping": Patrick Ries, from Consolidated Grain & Barge Company, will be joined by Mike Steenhoek, head of the Soy Transportation Coalition, in presenting information on developments on the U.S. inland waterway barge system and Gulf ports for bulk soybeans, corn and grain shipping.
Other program sessions -- including three keynote addresses on the Global Grain and Soy Supply Outlook; the World Economy; and World Weather Outlook and Its Impact on Agriculture-- were announced in previous event newsletters.
Check www.grainconference.org to learn the latest developments and the full schedule of presenters and sessions.
Informa Economics to offer added Technical Workshops
On the afternoon of September 1, following the regular conference and trade show, Informa Economics will offer three optional post-conference technical training sessions at no additional charge for attendees who register for their sessions and the USSEC/MSA event.
Three concurrent 90 minute sessions will start at 2:30 p.m., and will repeat at ending at 6 p.m. The sessions include; "Super Forecasting, Market Analysis"; "Risk Management Best Practices", and "Commodities on the Water", covering inland and ocean freight management - all featuring Informa's noted experts Tom Scott, Mark vanStolk, Rob Murphy, and Ken Eriksen.
More details and information on how to register for these additional training sessions will be posted soon at www.grainconference.org.
New Sponsors & Exhibitors
Gavilon, ADM, and Bunge, all major U.S. multi-national grain and soy exporting firms, are the latest additions to our sponsors for the 2016 U.S. SOY Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show. Please visit our Sponsors page to see the current list of organizations and companies that support our event.
Our trade show exhibitor list continues to grow and is nearing maximum for space available. At press time a few booth spots are still available. Go to www.grainconference.org to see the latest updated list of exhibitors in the trade show and learn how to apply to be an exhibitor.
We're excited to see you in Indianapolis!