- Pre-registration rates will end on Monday, Sept. 22
- More than 180 international buyers and end-users from top U.S. export markets expected
(September 18, 2014) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pre-registration for Export Exchange 2014™ — a one-of-a-kind conference bringing together international coarse grain buyers and U.S. suppliers — will end on Monday, Sept. 22.
The biennial event is scheduled for Oct. 20–22 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, Washington, with international trade teams from more than 30 countries set to attend.
Export Exchange 2014 will feature dynamic educational sessions on the most recent trends related to the international grain trade and a trade show that encourages buyers and sellers to meet and grow their business relationships.
Presentations scheduled for the event are on topics such as:
- The challenges and opportunities for the global agricultural landscape: Curtis Jones, global director of economic analysis at Bunge Global Agribusiness, will give his insights into the importance of agricultural trade in this global marketplace.
- The evolving politics and policy for agriculture: Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO, will give his view of the impact of U.S. government actions on international grain trade.
- Supply and demand outlooks: Geoff Cooper of RFA will speak on the supply and demand picture for U.S. DDGS; ProExporter’s Marty Ruikka will give the long-term look into what coarse grains trade will look like in 2020 and later; and the U.S. Grains Council’s Kevin Roepke will speak on supply and demand in today’s unique marketplace.
- The transition in agriculture and global financial markets: Terry Barr, senior director of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, will give insights into the impact of interest rates on the grain trade
- Ocean transportation: Speakers from Maersk and Lauritzen Bulkers will discuss the outlook for both bulk and container shipping.
- Beyond Export Exchange: A panel of international stakeholders will talk about buying, trading and maintaining the relationships built in Seattle.
Sponsoring companies that will be exhibiting in the trade show include:
Medallion Level Sponsors
- Arkansas Corn & Grain Sorghum Board
- CHS Inc.
- International Feed
- The Scoular Company
- Trans Coastal Supply Company Inc.
Ambassador Level Sponsors
- Archer Daniels Midland Company
- AgMotion Inc.
- Agniel Commodities LLC
- Ag Processing Inc.
- The DeLong Co. Inc.
- Flint Hills Resources
- Fornazor International Inc.
- Global Industries Inc.
- GSI Group LLC
- Hans U.S. Corporation
- Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, A Land O’Lakes Inc. Company
- Mirasco Inc.
- Monsanto Company
- Northwest Grains International
- SCAFCO Grain Systems
- United Sorghum Checkoff Program
- Valero Marketing and Supply Company
- Zeeland Farm Services Inc.
An additional ambassador level sponsor is Enerfo USA, Inc.
Sponsored by the Council and RFA, Export Exchange is expected to attract approximately 300 U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives as well as more than 180 international buyers.
Visit www.exportexchange.org to learn more about the program or to register today. USGC and RFA members are eligible for discounted pricing and should identify themselves as such at the time of registration. Though pre-registration rates end Sept. 22, online registration will still be available until Oct. 20 at an increased rate until the conference is at capacity.
The Renewable Fuels Association is the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. Its mission is to advance the development, production, and use of ethanol fuel by strengthening America’s ethanol industry and raising awareness about the benefits of renewable fuels. RFA’s members are working to help America become cleaner, safer, more energy independent and economically secure. For more information, visit www.EthanolRFA.org.
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Founded in 1960, the Council is a private, non-profit corporation with 10 international offices and programs in more than 50 countries. Its unique membership includes producer organizations and agribusinesses with a common interest in developing export markets. See more at www.grains.org.