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Industry tours round out offerings at Soy & Grain Trade Summit (8.16.2012)

BOSTON (August 16, 2012) – The 7th annual Soy & Grain Trade Summit, Sept. 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, is poised to set the industry in motion with coverage of the latest topics across the global oilseed and grains value chain, presentations by industry experts, and a behind-the-scenes look into industry operations during two interactive tours.

“We are grateful to the local facilities for hosting these tours as they are a great complement to the conference sessions, with the hands-on approach offering an invaluable opportunity for learning and networking,” said Mark Dineen, Chairman of the event from host Soyatech, a subsidiary of HighQuest Partners and an internationally-respected information platform providing integrated marketing, media, and events management in the soybean, oilseed, agribusiness, food, and biofuels industries.

Two tours will be offered on Monday, Sept. 17. A half-day Testing Laboratory Tour to SGS North America, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, will be offered in the afternoon.

A Commodity Shipping Tour, an all-day event, to Port of New Orleans, the world’s busiest port complex, and ADM’s grain export facility, will include a plantation tour and luncheon, sponsored by Port of South Louisiana and Associated Terminals. A full conference pass includes the option to join a tour, but space is limited.

Attendees, of which more than 800 are expected representing 38 states, 40 countries and 200 companies, will have the opportunity to hear Dow AgroSciences President and CEO Antonio Galindez speak on Advancing Agriculture to Serve the Growing World, and Director and Editor of Oil World Thomas Mielke address Global Protein Meal and Vegetable Oil Outlook. The conference also welcomes the American Meat Institute and four secretaries and commissioners of agriculture on its speakers’ roster.

Day two includes sessions along seven diverse tracks: Food and Healthy Oils, Feed, Production, Processing, Trade Financing, Risk Management, and Transportation, and a discussion about New Options for Managing Grain and Oilseed Price Risk, presented by David Lehman, Managing Director of Commodity Research and Product Development for CME Group.

Throughout the conference, buyers and sellers of commodities and ingredients from around the globe will stream into the expanded exhibit hall, providing extraordinary opportunities for knowledge-sharing and networking, which last year netted over $150 million in ag commodities traded.

Learn more at www.soyandgraintrade.com. Also visit www.womeninag.com for details about the co-located inaugural Women in Agribusiness Summit.



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