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USDA, Bunge, Surface Transportation Board Leaders Among High Level Speakers to Address Annual Ag Trade Conference (8.4.2010)

USDA, Bunge, Surface Transportation Board Leaders Among High Level Speakers to Address Annual Ag Trade Conference

Roger Beachy, Soren Schroder, Daniel Elliott and Others to Give Broad Perspective to Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport, Midwest Specialty Grains Conference

Soyatech LLC -- SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME and MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- August 4, 2010 -- Soyatech and the Midwest Shippers Association are pleased to announce that key leaders from agribusiness and government agencies will address the fifth annual Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport (and co-located seventh annual Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show) in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 4-6, 2010.

Key speakers already confirmed include:

Roger Beachy, Director of the National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA): As the first director of this new agency established last fall by the USDA, Dr. Beachy is working to rapidly expand U.S. government investment in agricultural research. Previously, he was the founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Center.

Soren Schroder, CEO of Bunge North America: Mr. Schroder joined Bunge in 2000 and has been leading the company’s operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico since the beginning of 2010.

Daniel Elliott, Chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB): Selected to lead the STB in 2009, Chairman Elliott has made the harmonizing of relationships between shippers and railroads a priority during his term.

• (Invited) Rebecca Dye, Commissioner, U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC): Commissioner Dye heads the current FMC fact-finding inquiry into ocean shipping vessel space capacity and equipment availability to reliably serve U.S. exporters.

Stephane Frappat, CEO of Russia-based oilseed crushing firm Sodrugestvo Group;

Enrique Garcia Gamez, Director General of major Mexican food manufacturer Ragasa Group;

Thomas Mielke, Executive Director of global oils and proteins information source Oil World;

Joel Newman, President and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association.

Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport and the co-located Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show bring together representatives from the global oilseed and grain industry, government agencies, investment and academia to discuss key topical issues facing the industry. 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.

Sponsors of Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show include: Agniel Commodities, Agri Logistics, Bunge North America, CME Group, The DeLong Company, Gavilon, Intertek, Iowa Soybean Association, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Novus International, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Port of New Orleans, SB&B Foods, Schmuhl International Commodity Services, The Scoular Company, SGS, Soy Transportation Coalition, SunOpta Grains and Foods Group and Syngenta. Other key partners include the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and American Feed Industry Association (AFIA).

For more information about these conferences, visit www.soyatechevents.com or call 800-424-SOYA. Combined registration and sponsorship packages are available.

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 premium specialty and commodity 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.

Joe Jordan, Soyatech

Bruce Abbe, Midwest Shippers Association


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