All eyes in the global soy and grain industry will be on Omaha, Nebraska next August. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) today announced that the 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show will be held at Omaha's CenturyLink convention center and the Hilton Omaha hotel on August 15, 16, and 17, 2017.
USSEC and the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) are once again teaming up to host their signature event known for its value as well as its exclusive access to qualified international buyers. This year, more than 250 international soy buyers and traders are again expected to join more than 500 U.S. agriculture industry attendees in Omaha. Over 750 attendees from more than 55 countries took part in last year's event in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The three-day event will provide soy and grain industry exporters, buyers, shippers, government leaders and industry technical experts an opportunity to network with key decision-makers from around the world. In the past, more than 400,000 metric tons in soybean trade transactions have commenced at this joint event through buyer/seller meetings organized by USSEC.
"The U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange is a unique networking event for the U.S. Soy industry, providing a fantastic opportunity for the buyers of U.S. Soy to view U.S. agriculture and meet with our exporters and producers face to face," said Jim Sutter, Chief Executive Officer of USSEC. "The state of Nebraska is an important one for our industry, ranking fifth in production of U.S. Soy last year. In 2016, Nebraska soybean farmers harvested 305.7 million bushels on 5.3 million acres, worth $2.6 billion."
"Omaha offers a superb location, with excellent flight connections, for what will be our fifth year for this combined global event. Several leading U.S. food and agriculture companies are headquartered here in the heart of U.S. soybean and grain production. We have a strong program in the works, and we look forward to hosting our international customers here in the Midwest again," said Bruce Abbe, MSA executive director.
For more information, to register, and to follow event developments, please visit www.grainconference.org.