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U.S. Soy, Specialty Grains Virtual Conference Registration Open
Illinois Ag Connection - 08/13/2020

Registration is now open for the annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show (GTE), hosted virtually Aug. 24-27 by The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and The Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance (SSGA). Last year's event in Chicago brought together more than 800 international buyers and U.S. Soy industry stakeholders from over 50 countries. The 2020 virtual format will allow for experiential learning and even broader global participation, including networking opportunities, 360-degree farm tours and a trade show where attendees can discover how the U.S. Soy and specialty grains industry is an invaluable supplier of choice in the global market.

"GTE has a long-standing tradition of facilitating meaningful connections between international customers and U.S. farmers," said Jim Sutter, USSEC CEO. "GTE 2020 will virtually connect buyers and growers through a series of thought-provoking sessions and a first-hand look into our productive soybean growing season. This agricultural and educational experience will show our partners that they can depend on U.S. Soy and our farmers, assuring them we're open for business despite the pandemic."

U.S. farmers will be at the forefront of this conference, showcasing key innovations and sustainable developments in U.S. Soy. Monte Peterson, Chairman of USSEC, board member of the American Soybean Association and soybean farmer in Valley City, N.D. will be one of those farmers to greet our U.S. agriculture community and customers from across the globe.

"As we head into the 2020 harvest season, U.S. Soy farmers are facing a critical time. GTE is an important part of USSEC's efforts to show how U.S. soybean farmers are committed to providing a high-quality crop and serving as a consistent supplier to our customers," shares Peterson. "Our goal with this event is to give our entire soybean value chain, from farmers to exporters to importers, the opportunity to connect with each other to create new business relationships."

The virtual platform will provide a unique combination of actionable insights, top-notch experts, and dynamic engagements. Attendees will hear from industry leaders about global supply and demand trends, trade policy updates, as well as research on the quality and sustainable aspects of U.S. Soy and specialty grains.

Scheduled speakers and special guests include:

- Ted McKinney, USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

- Gregg Doud, U.S. Trade Representative and Chief Agricultural Negotiator

- Kevan Hueftle, Olympian of Track & Field

- RFD-TV's Team of Market Day Report Anchors

- Emily French, ConsiliAgra Managing Director

- Will Sawyer and Tanner Ehmke, CoBank Knowledge Exchange

The schedule for the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Specialty Grains Conference has been posted at gte2020.org and outlines the dates and times for dozens of educational sessions, trade show hours, special events and meetings. Visit gte2020.org to register and learn more about this experimental event.


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