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U.S. soy exports hit record for value in 2013 Shipments hold steady to meet customer needs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The U.S. soy industry has done it again, exporting an eye-popping 1.7 billion bushels of U.S. soy to customers around the world in the 2012/2013 marketing year, which ended Sept. 30. The value of these exports comes to a record of more than $28 billion, a 19 percent increase from 2011/2012. The final figures show farmers continue to meet customer demand for a reliable supply of quality products. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this total includes more than 1.3 billion bushels of whole U.S. soybeans, meal from 454 million bushels of U.S. soybeans and

oil from 186 million bushels, which represents 56 percent of U.S. soybean production from last year. “The reliability and quality of the U.S. soy supply are just a few reasons that customers keep buying U.S. soybeans, meal and oil,” says Jared Hagert, soybean farmer from Emerado, N.D., and United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-leader. “Continuing to meet our customers’ needs is very important to U.S. soybean farmers, and these numbers prove we are doing that.” Soy exports for the 2013/2014 marketing year are off to a good start with 87 percent of the total 2014 export forecasts already sold. Top buyers of whole U.S. soybeans in 2013 include: China: 772 million bushels of U.S. soybeans Mexico: 98 million bushels of U.S. soybeans Japan: 63 million bushels of U.S. soybeans Top buyers of U.S. soybean meal in 2013 include: Mexico: meal from 59 million bushels of U.S. soybeans

Philippines: meal from 47 million bushels of U.S. soybeans Canada: meal from 43 million bushels of U.S. soybeans Top buyers of U.S. soybean oil in 2013 include: China: oil from 37 million bushels of U.S. soybeans Mexico: oil from 35 million bushels of U.S. soybeans India: oil from 21 million bushels of U.S. soybeans The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy

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Corn exports critical to Nebraska LINCOLN – In the not-so-distant past, the prospects for Nebraska’s corn farmers hung on the political whims of nations using trade as a power play. A grain embargo implemented by Russia, for example, could throw grain markets into a tailspin. While trade is still used as a bargaining chip among nations, its impact on grain markets has been lessened somewhat through U.S. corn farmers’ focus on adding value domestically through livestock production, biofuels and industrial uses for corn, creating greater demand across a variety of sectors. Still, exports remain an important component of the U.S. corn market portfolio. “The equivalent of one in six rows of corn in Nebraska is exported,” said Alan Tiemann of Seward, a member of the Nebraska Corn Board and secretary-treasurer

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of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). “There is no question that corn prices are enhanced by the demand in the international marketplace.” Through their checkoff, Nebraska corn farmers support the efforts of the U.S. Grains Council in building demand for corn around the world. Global competition in corn exports has grown significantly over the past four years, driving the U.S. share of the market down to about 50 percent. Since 1990, the amount of corn grown outside the U.S. has increased from 11 billion bushels to nearly 22 billion bushels in 2012. “Brazil and Argentina are formidable competitors, but other areas such as the Black Sea region, Paraguay, South Africa, Thailand and China are emerging as well,” Tiemann added. “We’re using more and more corn domestically, which is creating opportunity for other nations to fill the void. That’s why it’s even more important that we redouble our efforts to maintain and build international markets for our product.” As emerging nations become more prosperous, their appetite for protein— poultry, pork and beef—grows as well. USGC is working around the world to help farmers grow their flocks and herds, which in turn increases demand for feed grains such as corn. From water buffalo in Morocco to turkeys in Canada to pigs in South Korea,

which four years ago imported no DDG—and today is the number one customer in the world for DDG from the U.S. Mexico ranks second. “Instead of simply shipping raw corn overseas, DDG is a product that adds value here at home,” Tiemann said. “DDG exports help build markets for Nebraska ethanol producers as well, and that helps create profit opportunities to keep these plants running and energizing our rural economy.”

Tiemann said it’s critical that Nebraska corn farmers continue to invest in international market development. “We’re going to have more than nine billion people to feed by 2050, and Nebraska can and should play a big part in meeting that demand,” he said. “By encouraging fair trade and staying in front of international customers, we can make sure we feed the world and create economic vitality right here in Nebraska.”

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Co-ops staying busy through winter months By Kelsi Martin

WAHOO – Winter is still a busy time for area farmers and grain elevators. Farmers Union Cooperative Company General Manager Randall Schwartz said grain trucks have been moving in recent months. This year, there has been an increase in the amount of corn and soybeans delivered to the elevator, Schwartz stated. Farmers Union Coop has elevators in Cedar Bluffs, Wahoo and Prague. The Cedar Bluffs elevator has the ability to store 1,500,000 bushels of grain, while Wahoo and Prague locations can store 550,000 and 650,000, respectively. “Every year, we usually fill up,” said Schwartz. But last year they did not. “We had the drought,” he explained. This caused significantly lesser yields. But this year, he said the bins are filled again. Frontier Cooperative Grain Merchandise Manager Bryan Choutka said that the same is true for his company. He said that, this year, the crop was significantly better. “2012 was one of the worst,” he said. “2013 ranked in the top.” According to Schwartz, most companies store more corn than soybeans over the winter months. “Usually the corn market has more incentive,” said Choutka. This is because a lot of

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Nebraska farmers key in national leadership roles LINCOLN – Nebraska’s leadership in corn, beef and ethanol production doesn’t stop at the state border. Nebraska corn farmers have a long history of serving as national leaders in key trade and membership associations. Currently, two Nebraska Corn Board directors are in the queue to assume the chairmanship of two major organizations. Mark Jagels of Davenport is the chairelect of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, a Denver-based association focused on building international markets for U.S. beef, pork and lamb. Alan Tiemann of Seward has been elected secretary-treasurer of the U.S. Grains Council,

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A soybeans journey ST. LOUIS, Mo. – When a farmer unloads soybeans at the elevator after harvest, it may seem like the end of a long journey that was full of hard work and patience. But the elevator is actually just the first stop on a voyage that takes U.S. soybeans to various markets domestically and abroad. For soybean farmers wanting to know more about their customers beyond the elevator, and the soy checkoff’s role in marketing U.S. soy to those customers, the United Soybean Board (USB) invites them to participate in the checkoff’s “See for Yourself� program. All U.S. soybean farmers over the age of 18 can apply now for the seventh annual “See for Yourself� program. To apply, visit the USB website, SeeforYourself, through April 4. “The “See for Yourself� program is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,� said David Hartke, chair of USB’s Audit and Evaluation committee, which sponsors “See for Yourself.� “Participants get the opportunity to see the checkoff up close and the work it does to improve the bottom lines for U.S. soybean farmers across the country.� The program offers 10 U.S. soybean farmers the chance to learn about and evaluate specific investment areas of the soy checkoff, such as international marketing, animal agriculture,

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Chvatal ties in roots with job with Soybean Board By Peggy Brown

WAVERLY – Andy Chvatal of Waverly believes working for the Nebraska Soybean Board allows him to stay in touch with his farming roots. The rural Malmo native sees his office slow down when farmers are the busiest in the fields. That allows him time to return to his parents’ home and head to the fields himself. Of course, he especially enjoys watching soybeans grow and is very interested in the year end yields. As industry relations specialist for the soybean board, it is all part of the job. “Growing up on a farm and being active in 4-H, my interest in farming continues to stay strong,” he said. What he has learned he brought with him to the job. The mission of the Nebraska Soybean Board is to see utilization of soybeans in the feed, energy, industrial, and food markets. And they have seen the growth, he said.

From hand soap to candles, from ink toner to paint, to insulation to foam seats, soybased bio-products are popping up around the country. The board has long supported research and development of new products and materials made from soybeans just as they have worked to see more global market needs, as well as increase profitability per acre. Chvatal said the checkoff program helps there. “Farmers get the research information and see for themselves the many other uses for soybeans,” he said. As for Chvatal, he said his job includes a lot of traveling and a lot of talking to other farmers. “I have met a lot of interesting people, and have done a lot of traveling with the board, which I have enjoyed,” he said. He is getting ready to attend a soybean conference in San Diego later this month. “I go to a lot of meetings promoting soybeans and especially the checkoff program,” he said. The soybean board works to increase

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awareness, education, and understanding of the soybean industry not only abroad but with local producers as well. About half of Nebraska-grown soybeans are exported annually. “The checkoff program is designed to help farmers learn, as well as promote and sell the wide uses of soybeans,” he said adding that both he and his father are members of the program. Farmers selecting to take part in the

program attend checkoff sponsored activities in an attempt to gain a better understanding of how their checkoff dollars are being invested to build demand locally and abroad. Chvatal said he works closely with farmers and visits a lot of test plots. “And if there is a project going on, I’m there to see that it runs smoothly.” He said that he sees soybeans having a bright future. “There are so many uses for them anymore,” he said. “Of course, we are all concerned about the dry winter and the drought we have been through, as well as what is taking place in the world. It all affects the future of soybeans.” He said that his job never has a dull moment, but when it does, he usually gets back to Malmo for a few days to help his dad. “Maybe someday I’ll be back to farming full time, but right now its nice to be able to work for an industry you grew up in and enjoy it so much. And you can’t put a price tag on the people you meet and what you learn. Farmers are the best variety of people there is.”

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Reopening of Japan market beefs up Nebraska economy LINCOLN – In December 2003, a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) commonly referred to as “mad cow disease” was discovered in the United States. Virtually overnight, America’s number one customer, Japan, essentially closed its doors to U.S. beef. The impact was felt immediately in Nebraska, where beef production and corn farming are key economic drivers for the state. Ten years later, Japan finally reopened its doors for U.S. beef aged 30 months or younger. Up until January 2013, only 20 month or younger beef was allowed, which severely restricted the amount of U.S. beef available to Japan. “It has been almost a decade since Japanese consumers have had ready access to corn-fed American beef—and we need to reintroduce them to the quality, flavor and availability


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Continued from Previous Page reintroduce Japanese consumers to the robust flavor of American corn-fed beef, and teach them ways to prepare and enjoy convenient, delicious dishes featuring U.S. beef.” Every pound of beef exported from Nebraska represents 2.6 pounds of corn used to feed that animal. “A strong export market adds value to every pound of beef and pork we produce in Nebraska, and every bushel of corn and soybeans we grow,” Jagels added. “Many of these international markets have a taste for cuts that simply aren’t consumed here in the U.S. For example, a pound of beef tongue that is sold for $1.50 here goes for $7.00 in Japan. That adds value to every Nebraska beef carcass, and those dollars resonate border to border throughout our state economy.” “Business in Japan is very much about face-to-face meetings, building trust and establishing relationships,” Jagels said. “It is critically important that our customers have the opportunity to see who is raising the beef they consume. It’s equally important that Nebraska corn and beef producers witness the impact that their investment in USMEF is having on rebuilding the market for U.S. beef in Japan.” The group returned to Nebraska optimistic about the prospects for regaining market share for U.S. beef in Japan. “It’s clear that Japanese importers are very excited and relieved to have American beef back in the marketplace,” Jagels said. “Since Nebraska is a national leader in beef production, regaining the Japanese market will have a tremendous positive effect on our state’s livestock industry and our state’s entire economy.” For a detailed blog and photos from the mission, visit midwestcorngrowers.blogspot. com.

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Sweet Dreams. If anyone knows what makes a doughnut look and taste great, fry well and hold together on the plate, it’s Jones. And he’s one food industry expert using oil produced from high oleic soybeans to keep his customers satisfied and his business growing. For the food industry, flavor comes first, and Jones knows that as well as anyone. His business requires oil with a neutral flavor profile in order to showcase the unique doughnut flavors he creates. “It was like tasting my doughnuts for the first time,” says Jones, who fried his doughnuts with high oleic soybean oil for the first time in Las Vegas at a recent food industry event. “When I put my special coating on, it even held better. This oil doesn’t have the gummy or pasty taste you can get after frying something. You actually taste the flavor of my doughnuts.” Jones is also excited about the highheat stability and longer-lasting, lower-

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high oleic varieties offers new options when it comes to choosing the right edible oil for their businesses. As Jones says, “I’m only as good as the products I use to make my doughnuts.” While commodity soybean oil still meets a lot of food industry customer needs, many customers have been looking for an oil with improved functionality and increased stability in frying and baking applications due to the onset of mandatory trans fat labeling in 2006. But for food companies to adopt oil produced from high oleic soybeans, U.S. farmers first have to grow these varieties. The soy checkoff has been working, in collaboration with the soybean industry, to address the need for an improved oil in some frying and baking applications since the mid1990s. By collaborating with seed technology companies, the checkoff is helping to invest in the development of new varieties that meet end-use customer needs.

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Corn farmers invest nearly $3 billion in planting their crop LINCOLN – As Tim Scheer navigates his combine through cornfields near St. Paul every fall, the millions of corn kernels piling into waiting semis are really little economic powerhouses upon which Nebraska thrives. “Those kernels are pretty small on their own, but together they snowball into quite an economic driver,” Scheer said. Once corn leaves the field, everywhere it’s used adds value. For example, an ethanol plant takes that corn and makes ethanol and distillers grains, a livestock feed. Fuel blenders add that ethanol to gasoline, while livestock producers feed distillers grains and turn it into beef, pork, poultry and dairy products. “Corn is not only a predominant crop but a predominant enterprise. It ripples through the economy a long way. The carry through of corn to processing and feed is just phenomenal,” said Dr. Bruce Johnson, an economist with the University of Nebraska– Lincoln. In an analysis, Johnson and his colleagues estimated that corn production and its ripple just through the ethanol industry has a valueadded impact of $6.6 billion on Nebraska’s gross state product (GSP is comparable to the gross domestic product on a national level). That figure is just the portion attributable to corn and ethanol – livestock and poultry each have their own sizable impact, as well, and rely heavily on corn and distillers grains as an

input. That figure also doesn’t include all the products changing hands just to grow a crop. For example, the $2.8 billion, roughly $270 per acre, Nebraska farmers invest to get the crop planted includes only seed, fertilizer and other inputs necessary to get the crop off to a good start. Those dollars go to cooperatives, seed dealers and others who sell those inputs and employ thousands of Nebraskans, converting that $2.8 billion investment into a $7.0 billion ripple through the state’s economy. Shannon Landauer, executive director of the Boone County Development Agency, has seen that impact first hand. “Between late 2006 and the third quarter of 2011 we saw 170 new jobs and more than $400 million invested in Boone County,” she said. “Having such a strong ag economy allowed us to weather the economic downturn pretty well. In fact, our unemployment rate is below 3 percent locally. Corn, livestock and ethanol all come together well for us.” The analysis by Johnson and his colleagues pegged direct and indirect jobs for corn production at 63,900 across the state, plus an additional 10,900 jobs for ethanol. The labor and proprietor income generated from these jobs comes to nearly $5.3 billion – and that’s not even counting the role of corn working through the livestock sector. “Those are big numbers, important numbers for Nebraska,” said Scheer. “The

CORN PLANTING: Nebraska corn farmers invest nearly $3 billion each spring just to put their crop in the ground. investment corn farmers make every spring is the foundation for the state’s economy,

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One in 10 Nebraskans driving FFVs LINCOLN – A Flex Fuel Vehicle (FFV) provides the ultimate in consumer fuel choice, allowing you to choose any blend from ordinary unleaded gasoline up to 85 percent ethanol (E85) and everything in between, including E10, E15, E30, etc. You can fill up with one fuel blend one time and with another the next, at any time and in any amount. You can choose your fuel blend based on availability, cost, preference and performance. How to tell if you’re driving a FFV. FFVs look like any other vehicle of the same make and model. To know if you’re

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High oleic soybeans provide proven genetics ST. LOUIS, Mo. – High oleic soybeans have been in the product pipeline for more than a decade. With millions of dollars invested, seed companies took their time to ensure these varieties perform as expected – for farmers and for food industry customers. But, performance isn’t the only benefit farmers see. They also find that high oleic varieties are bred with the proven genetics that they need on their farm, including the disease and trait packages farmers need. Today, seed companies offer these varieties in the late-2 and early-3 maturity groups. Farmers report high oleic soybeans performing at or above their on-farm averages,

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