Date: September 2, 2014
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Issues Proclamation Declaring September 2014 as Soybean Month
For Immediate Release
Madison, WI, September 2, 2014—Wisconsin-grown soybeans have earned prestigious recognition this harvest season as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proclaims September 2014 as Soybean Month. Soybeans are important not only to local communities but also to the state’s economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Wisconsin farmers will harvest a record amount of soybeans this year. According to the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, the state has 11,000 soybean farmers. Gov. Scott Walker’s proclamation notes that the State of Wisconsin and its agricultural economy benefit significantly from the production of soybeans. Animal agriculture is the top consumer of soybean meal. In 2012, animal agriculture accounted for 111,000 jobs in Wisconsin, an economic output of $1.6 billion and $2.9 billion worth of household income. “Wisconsin Soybean Farmers are very pleased and proud to have September proclaimed as Soybean Month. We are also looking forward to the many international buyers coming into the state for the Global Grain Exchange Conference in Milwaukee as more than one half of all the soybeans grown in Wisconsin are exported. This is an opportunity to showcase our state and the soybean industry” explains Bob Karls, Executive Director, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.
From September 15 to 18, Milwaukee, WI, will be the host city for the 2014 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade show. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council and Midwest Shippers Association, will bring approximately 270 international soy and grain trade buyer delegation members to Wisconsin from around the world. Speakers welcoming the attendees on opening day include Jim Sutter, C.E.O. of the U.S. Soybean Export Council; Bruce Abbe, Executive Director of the Midwest Shippers Association; Ben Brancel, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture; and Phil Karsting, Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service.
Also on the conference opening day, David Hightower of Hightower Associates and The Hightower Report will deliver the keynote address. His address will be followed by a panel, Changing Leadership for Global Food and Agriculture Industries, providing an international perspective with panel moderator Sara Wyant, Editor/Publisher of Agri-Pulse, Washington, DC. Panelists include Theresa Babuscio PhD, Secretary General COCERAL of Brussels, Belgium; and Mariela Urquia, First Vice President, AFACA, Venezuela Feed Manufacturers’ Association. Information about the conference can be found on the website at www.grainconference.org.
For details about Wisconsin-grown soybeans and their uses, visit the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board website at www.wisoybean.org.
The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) is a grassroots, farmer-led organization that leads efforts in soybean research and the expansion of soybean market opportunities. Established in 1983 as part of a Wisconsin-mandated checkoff, the board works every day to maximize the profitability of Wisconsin soybean producers. It builds soybean demand, creates new uses for soybeans, and focuses on soybean disease research. WSMB is committed to providing statewide soy education and outreach programs that inform consumers about the benefits of soy. It offers a comprehensive soy curriculum for educators, and partners with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom to provide Soybean Science Kits and lessons that increase agricultural literacy.