The 7th Annual Soy & Grain Trade Summit, bringing together hundreds of international agricultural commodity buyers and sellers in a single venue, is set to take place Sept. 17-19 in New Orleans.
Decision-makers in the commodity supply chain from around the globe, including those from the vegetable protein industry (such as soybean and oilseed processors and refineries) and the feed grain complex (including corn, canola and wheat originators), as well as DDGS sellers, will be in attendance. This is a chance for buyers and sellers of commodities and ingredients from around the globe to meet each other face to face to conduct business.
The summit will include industry tours to local facilities. It will also focus on key industry trends, opportunities and challenges. These include sessions on supply and demand forecasts for major commodities, vegetable oils and protein meals; priorities in capital improvements for storage and transportation; and emerging technological innovations for the grain and oilseed handling and processing industries.
Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director at HighQuest Partners, will focus on investment interest in the agriculture sector and how that interest is creating unique opportunities for allocating capital across the supply chain and around the world. He will discuss the primary drivers of increased investment, and look at how increased investment will impact supply and demand for commodities in different parts of the world.
Antonio Galindez, president and CEO at Dow AgroSciences, will share his perspectives on the technologies that are advancing agriculture today under the umbrella of rapidly increasing global population growth and changing dietary needs. Galindez will examine the need for sustainable solutions, and what will be required from both private and public sectors in order to successfully serve the world's growing need for increased crop production.
Farm Futures Editorial Director Willie Vogt will even be part of the event, moderating a panel "Improving Commodity Transportation Efficiency." The panel will explore current and future infrastructure plans and what they mean for the grain industry.
In conjunction with the summit, the Inaugural Women in Agribusiness Summit takes place on Monday, Sept. 17. This event was created out of a recognized need for a forum to address the challenges and opportunities for women in the agribusiness and food sector. Key women representing many functional areas will provide participants with pertinent information about their unique challenges and experiences. Participants can expect a program of collegial discussions in a comfortable setting with women representing myriad roles in companies across the agribusiness and food production value chain. To register, click on the official website, www.WomenInAg.com.
The Soy and Grain Trade Summit is produced by Soyatech LLC in association with U.S. Soybean Export Council. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. For full registration and accommodation details, go to www.soyandgraintrade.com.