Thank you to our Attendees, Sponsors and Exhibitors for making the 2013 Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit a success! To access the 2013 proceedings, click here.
Testimonials from the 2012 Summit:
Third time Summit attendee Sherry Drutman, Vice President of North American Sales for OpenLink Agribusiness Solutions Group, said that the diversity of the event was what was attractive to her. “You get a diversity in types of commodities represented and also in the types of operations, some are elevators, some are feed mills, some are exporters or transloaders; and with the topics across the board, there’s an education for everybody no matter what sector you are in.”
“I can’t imagine any other activity that brings together as many U.S. exporters in one location. Every year we bring customers from across our organization to this event to network with these exporters,” said attendee Timothy Loh, Deputy Regional Director for ASA International Marketing. “And every year our customers have been able to register real sales, real purchases from this event.”
“Our company deals in nutraceutical ingredients, and we use a lot different oils. I thought I need to come and learn about the back end of the business before the oil reaches our docks, and I could I possibly be sourcing seeds myself rather than dragging oil across the ocean,” Stacy Peterson, President/Owner CONNOils
“Good place to network and expand our presence in the marketplace. Access to all the key players in the transportation, logistics and infrastructure industries. We’ve been doing this for three years, [there have been] superb turnouts and they’ve been increasing every year.” Craig Ratajczyk, CEO Illinois Soybean Association.
“We in the meat industry try to speak with a cross-sector of agricultural commodities all the time because we use so many of those commodities in our production cycles that it’s important for us to educate others as to what’s happening in our industry,” Stephen Sothman, Director of International Affairs for American Meat Institute
“Nearly 50% of our soybeans go out as an exported product, so its important to be able to maintain relationships, build relationships and that eventually ends in market opportunity for our farmers,” David Frederickson, Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Minnesota