Jennifer Geck Ott – USAPEEC

(Conrad) Good morning and welcome to Farm Factor on AGam in Kansas. I’m your host Conrad Kabus. Kansas soybean farmers and their industry partners arrived January 7th in Topeka for the annual Kansas Soybean Expo. The opening session offered check off project updates from Jennifer Geck Ott, Allied Industry Relations Manager at the USA Poultry and Egg Export Kansas. (Jennifer) USA Poultry and Poultry and Egg Export Council is also known as USAPEEC. We’re a non-profit trade association. We have about 180 members. We have 15 members that are from our farm organizations, our corn and soybean groups. And the Kansas Soybean Commission has been a member for about seven years. It’s been a wonderful partnership. We’ve been very pleased to have Kansas as part of our board. They also, Kansas Soybean Commission also has, not only a seat on the Board, but they also are part of our market development committee, as a feed member at large. Dennis Hupe serves as that position. The USA Poultry and Egg Export Council USAPEEC, also works very closely with different projects with the Kansas Soybean Commission. There’s been a project, we’ve done a number of years in Mexico for the meat processing sector. That’s a multi-phase program. It also incorporates work with other QSSB’s such as Iowa, as well as Ohio and Indiana. Another project that Kansas has been working with us with is a new endeavor and this is in Korea to work with the food service sector, working with menu contest and development, incorporating poultry and eggs into their diet. Also, a final project that we’ve been working on, another new endeavor is to develop the meat processing sector of Armenia. Armenia is a country that we see as a growing market for that sector to ship raw poultry, mechanically deboned meat into that to work with the food manufacturers to process it into sausages and other types of photo processed products. (Conrad) A few years ago, there was 16 countries that helped total or partial bans on GMO’s. Now, there are at least 26, most of which are world leaders or enormous nations, including China, India, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Russia. Most of these bans are derived from miscommunication and misdirection between producers and consumers rather than the actual GMO themselves. (Jennifer) We have a person on our staff who is the Director of Technical Services, Dr. Shelly McKee. She is a veterinarian and on our staff. She has done a lot of work with the foreign governments and has actually developed materials about GMOs. She’s worked with the American Egg Board to develop a brochure that will go out to specifically address different GMO concerns that the industry might have. (Conrad) The Soybean Industry and Poultry Industry as successful partners in the agriculture field. And the partnership doesn’t appear to slow down any time soon. (Jennifer) We love being the number one customer for the soybean industry. The U.S. Poultry and Egg Industry is the largest user of soybean meal by livestock group. It’s about 50 percent of the usage. Again, that’s a wonderful… that’s one of the reasons why we’ve been able to partner so well with the soybean industry. As far as exports, it’s about 160 million soybean bushels are exported through U.S. chicken, turkey, duck and eggs. Again, a huge number. The number of exports this past year, 2013 has been valued at $6 billion dollars. or 5.9, almost 6 billion. It’s a huge number of chicken, turkey and eggs that are going all around the world. (Conrad) Thank you for watching today’s episode of Farm Factor on AGam in Kansas. For more of Farm Factor, or if you want to view this program again, visit us on www.agaminkansas.com. Or you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. So, have a good day with good luck.

No Comments Yet.

Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.