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Global agriculture summit brings the power of networking to New Orleans (9.11.2012)

BOSTON (9/11/12) – In just a few days, hundreds of international agricultural commodity buyers and sellers will come together in the same venue for the 7th Annual Soy & Grain Trade Summit in New Orleans. In addition, hundreds will convene for the inaugural Women in Agribusiness Summit, which is a chance for women in the industry to network and learn about industry trends.

The Soy & Grain Trade Summit is one event that attracts the largest range of global leaders in oilseed and grain production as well as processing and trade. For many, the power of networking and education drives their motivation to attend.

“I am attending the Soy & Grain Trade Summit because I will have an unparalleled opportunity to network with domestic and international decision makers in the soybean supply chain,” said Michelle Swenson, who recently accepted the position of Director of Marketing and Development for the North Dakota Soybean Council.

Swenson will be among industry partners not only from North America, but also from countries such as Holland, England, Singapore and China.

“By attending the Summit, I hope to build key relationships for North Dakota soybean producers,” Swenson went on to say. “I will also be attending training sessions on Trade Financing trends in the ag supply chain, Trade and Transportation, Feed (which will address aquaculture production demands), and China Shipping which is a vital ND market. Along with networking and education, I will be at the panel discussion, which includes North Dakota’s Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Doug Goehring, where he will address the issue of U.S. crops in the global market.”

Sponsors and exhibitors have a similar reaction – which keeps them coming back.

“Insta-Pro International looks forward to the Soy & Grain Trade Summit each year,” said Amanda Scott, Assistant Manager of Marketing and Sales for Insta-Pro International in Iowa. “Year after year, we choose to come back to learn about industry trends, gain additional networking connections and to see our customers. The meetings and discussions are very valuable, and we always leave with a greater knowledge of the industry than when we first arrived. We look forward to seeing and networking with you in a few weeks!”

The Summits include presentations by key industry speakers, including a keynote address by Antonio Galindez, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences, state and federal agriculture officials, and banking and commodity trade representatives.

Register for either event www.womeninag.com or www.soyandgraintrade.com using the registration code NW-VIP.

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