About 250 representatives from about 50 countries are in Omaha today taking part in the Trade Team International and the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange. This is the fifth annual event which was created by the U.S. Soybean Export Council to foster conversations between farmers who grow a sustainable consistent supply of U.S. soybeans and customers who buy them.
Chairman Jim Miller is a farmer from Belden, Nebraska and says, “We match up the international customer with the U.S. exporter so they can establish contacts and start that line of communication going.”
Events include a trade show where international customers can go around and meet the exporters. A variety of forums will also be held over the next two days that cover rail and ocean transportation, the New York Stock Exchange and how that can be used as a marketing tool. Speakers will also talk about the soy and feed supply and the outlook for the next year.
Miller says, “There is a variety of educational topics and speakers that will be presenting to build trust and confidence in U.S. soybeans. It also helps with the goal of the U.S. Soybean Export Council in building preference for U.S. soy.”
Countries represented include; Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Russia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The meetings continue at the CenturyLink Center through Thursday. Miller says on Friday they will take the representatives on a tour of University of Nebraska research facilities and several soybean farms.