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Ag Production, Transportation Conferences Highlight Industry Growth Trends, Paths to Sustainability (11.6.2009)

Ag Production, Transportation Conferences Highlight Industry Growth Trends, Paths to Sustainability

Press Release -- SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME: November 6, 2009 – The fourth annual Soya & Oilseed Summit and second annual Global Soybean & Grain Transport conferences brought industry leaders together to New Orleans, Louisiana, to address new business strategies and opportunities, global commodity, transportation and consumer trends and technological advances for the world soybean, grain and oilseed industry.
 
The keynote address “The Role of Brazilian Agriculture in Promoting Sustainability” was delivered on Thursday, November 3 by Blairo Maggi, governor of Mato Grosso state in Brazil and CEO of one of the world’s largest agricultural production firms, Grupo Andre Maggi. In his remarks, Governor Maggi highlighted steps his administration has taken to halt the previous, runaway destruction of the Amazon, including instituting some of the world’s most stringent land development restrictions for farmers. Governor Maggi indicated a determination to continue safeguarding the environment while allowing agricultural production to meet world demand.
 
Other key themes addressed at the two co-located conferences included:
 
·       world forecast for edible oils and meals supply and demand;
·       strategies for business development in agricultural production, trade development  and international shipping as the world economy begins emerging from the economic downturn;
·       new trends in the application of new technologies for seed, ingredient, food and biofuels production;
·       prospects for multilateral agricultural sustainability initiatives;
·       developments in international food and animal feed safety.
 
“This week’s programs provided a unique, comprehensive understanding of the current trends in agribusiness worldwide,” said conference chair Philippe de Lapérouse, “and we were pleased to host our largest single audience yet in discussion of these important issues.”
 
Leading participants in the programs of the Global Soybean & Grain Transport and Soya & Oilseed Summit 2009 included:
 
Alexander Döring, secretary general of the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC)
Dr. Peter Goldsmith, executive director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory
Paul Hammes, vice president and general manager of ag products at Union Pacific Railroad
Paul Mengze Liu, president of COFCO subsidiary Ceroilfood (New York) Inc.
Gary Martin, president and chief executive officer of the North American Export Grain Association
Thomas Mielke, executive director of Oil World
Marcelo Monteiro, executive director of the Mato Grosso Soy Producers’ Association
Dr. Daniel Nepstad, senior scientist from Woods Hole Research Center
Robert Reeves, director of public affairs for QUALISOY
Ricardo Tatesuzi de Sousa, executive director of the Brazilian Association of Non-Genetically Modified Grain Producers (ABRANGE)
Michael Whitehead, Executive Director of Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory
Ray Wyse, senior director of trading and economic research for Gavilon
Mark Zenuk, vice president of global oilseeds for ADM
 
Sponsors for the two conferences included: ADM Investor Services, Agniel Commodities, Agri Logistics, CME Group, CN WorldWide, Conservis, The DeLong Company, Dow AgroSciences, Eurofins, Gavilon, HighQuest Partners, Illinois Soybean Association, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Midwest Shippers Association, The Missouri Partnership, National Corn Growers Association, North Star Grain Intermodal, Novus International, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Port of New Orleans, Ports America, QUALISOY, Rabobank, The Russell Marine Group, The Scoular Company, SGS Group, Soy Transportation Coalition, SunOpta Grains and Foods Group, U.S. Soybean Export Council and Zen-Noh Grain Corporation. An expanded trade show component offered attendees the opportunity to do business with about sixty companies such as APROSOJA, CGB Feed Ingredients, Envirologix, GSI Group, Pacific Soybean & Grain, Separators, Inc. and Zeeland Farm Services.
 
Attendees to Soya & Oilseed Summit and the preceding Global Soybean & Grain Transport represented at least 15 countries and included commodity buyers from Southeast Asia, China and Europe.
 
For more information about the Global Soybean & Grain Transport 2009 and Soya & Oilseed Summit 2009 (or to learn about future Soyatech events), visit www.soyatechevents.com or call 800-424-SOYA.
 
About Soyatech, LLC
Soyatech (www.soyatech.com) is a global media, marketing and event company that assists food, oilseed, agri-business and agri-transportation sector firms to assess and develop market opportunities through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely-used internet platform. More about Soyatech-produced conferences can be found here: www.soyatechevents.com. Founded in 1985, the company publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the industry’s leading source of information on oilseed and agribusiness companies and products, an industry-focused email newsletter (in daily and weekly editions), and Soyatech.com, the award-winning business-to-business online resource for the industry. Soyatech’s information services are referred to by tens of thousands of the world’s leading commodity, food and biofuels companies in over 100 countries every week. Soyatech, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HighQuest Partners.
 
About HighQuest Partners LLC
 
HighQuest Partners (www.highquestpartners.com) is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm that helps executive teams around the world to make better informed decisions about their strategies, investments/m&a, and governance. Since 1992, HighQuest and its subsidiary SJH & Company have completed over 500 strategic assignments for strategic players and financial investors & their portfolio companies in the global grain, oilseed, food, agribusiness, biofuels, industrial, & financial services sectors.
 
For More Information Contact:            
Joe Jordan                        
207.266.6224

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