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Media Advisory: International Grain Buyers Meet with U.S. Suppliers at Export Exchange in Minneapolis

October 5, 2018


International buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products from nearly 40 countries are scheduled to be in Minneapolis later this month for Export Exchange 2018 to meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy, Export Exchange 2018 offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to conduct business and build relationships with U.S. suppliers of corn, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), sorghum, barley and other related co-products. A roster of experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and across the grains industry will speak during the conference. Attendees will also have opportunities to conduct business directly and facilitate future sales during the event's trade show and special business-to-business sessions. Confirmed speakers include keynote speaker Roger Watchorn, group leader at Cargill Agriculture Supply Chain North America; Dr. Robert Johansson, chief economist, USDA; Philip Smith, poultry nutritionist, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Bill Holbrook, senior analyst, ProExporter; Kelly Davis, vice president, regulatory affairs, Renewable Fuels Association; Kurt Rosentrater, executive director, Distillers Grains Technology Council; Mark Slupek, deputy administrator, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA; Ken Eriksen, senior vice president, head of client advisory development, Informa; and Florentino Lopez, executive director, United Sorghum Checkoff Program. WHAT:         EXPORT EXCHANGE 2018 WHEN:        OCT. 22-24, 2018 WHERE:      HILTON MINNEAPOLIS                      1001 Marquette Avenue South                      Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 Members of the media covering the grain trade and ethanol industries can request complimentary registration for the conference. For more information, visit