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International Agricultural Commodity Conference Concludes Successfully in Minneapolis (10.11.2010)

International Agricultural Commodity Conference Concludes Successfully in Minneapolis

Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport, Midwest Specialty Grains Conference Co-Located for the First Time

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: October 11, 2010 – More than 600 attendees from 48 countries gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week for the fifth annual Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport and co-located seventh annual Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show. The conference program concentrated on key trends in the global production, processing and usage of soybean, grains, oilseeds and other commodities. A trade show floor of more than 75 exhibitors provided focused opportunities for networking. The event also included tours to a terminal elevator, a feed mill, seed research and conditioning facilities, and family farms in the area.

Key speakers from industry, government and academia contributed to the program, including:

• Soren Schroder, CEO of Bunge North America;

• Roger Beachy, Director of the National Institute of Food & Agriculture;

• Thomas Mielke, Executive Director of Oil World;

• Daniel Elliott, Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board;

• Stephane Frappat, CEO of Sodrugestvo Group;

• Rebecca Dye, Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission;

• Peter Goldsmith, Director of the Food & Agribusiness Management Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;

• Enrique Garcia Gamez, Director General of Ragasa Group; and

• Joel Newman, Executive Director of the American Feed Industry Association.

Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport and the co-located Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show brought together representatives from the global oilseed and grain industry, government agencies, investment and academia to discuss key topical issues facing agriculture. These include trends in commodity supply and demand; the impact of national and multi-lateral trade policies on global trade; advances in seed genetics; new technologies and applications for plant oils and proteins; trends in nutrition for livestock, poultry and aquaculture; and the potential for growth in biofuels and other bio-based specialty chemicals.

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) were key partners for Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show. Sponsors included: Cargill, Agniel Commodities, AgriLogistics, Bunge, CME Group, Conservis, The DeLong Company, Gavilon, Gray Plant Mooty, Intertek, Iowa Soybean Association, Kincannon & Reed, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Novus International, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Pneumat Systems, Port of New Orleans, RN Fabrications, SB&B Foods, Schmuhl International Commodity Services, The Scoular Company, SGS, Soy Transportation Coalition, SunOpta Grains and Foods Group and Syngenta.

For more information about future conferences from Soyatech, 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, agribusiness and agricultural transportation firms to assess and develop market opportunities in the global oilseed and grain sector through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely-used internet platform. More about Soyatech-produced conferences can be found at 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 is responsible for 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 Midwest Shippers Association

The Midwest Shippers Association (
www.midwestshippers.com) is a regional trade association cooperative that serves to promote marketing and facilitate shipping and delivery of specialty grains to consumers and the food industry worldwide. The Midwest Shippers Association serves the region of the United States made up of the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. This Upper Midwest region produces some of the highest quality, premium specialty grains available anywhere.

The region also benefits from having an extensive transportation infrastructure, leading educational and research institutions, grain industry suppliers, and grain quality regulatory system which has enabled Midwest Shippers’ members to become reliable suppliers and partners with food industry buyers throughout the world.

For More Information Contact:

Joe Jordan, Soyatech


Bruce Abbe, MSA


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