Aug 20, 2015
Nebraska farmer and American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Jim Miller is set to present at the 12th Southeast Asia U.S. Agriculture Cooperators Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia from Aug. 25-28.
The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), together with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Foreign Agricultural Service ‐ United States Department of Agriculture (FAS‐USDA), are organizing the conference. Miller also serves as USSEC vice chairman.
This year the conference theme is “Opportunities for an Industry in Transition,” and will highlight the changes and challenges faced by agribusinesses today. Economic and population growth, as well as growing affluence in the region, continues to fuel demand for agricultural imports, and the proliferation of trade agreements in the last 15 years has had a major impact on international trade and investment.
The event offers a mix of social and networking activities as participants learn about how production and supply chains will make adjustments to meet a new market environment caused by record supplies, the coming together of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic community by the end of this year and a lackluster Chinese economy.
According to USSEC Regional Director – Southeast Asia Timothy Loh, 18 U.S. and international grain exporters and 50 leading importers of soybeans, soybean meal, corn and dried distiller’s grain with solubles (DDGs) will be in attendance, representing an estimated soy buying volume of 3.7 million metric tons (MMT) of soybeans and 7.4 MMT of soybean meal.
Other speakers from the U.S. soy family include USSEC CEO Jim Sutter; past United Soybean Board (USB) chairman and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council director Jim Call; USSEC consultant and economist John Baize; USSEC Country Director – India Vijay Anand; USSEC consultant Jan van Eys; and USSEC Southeast Asia Technical Director – Aquaculture Lukas Manomaitis.