The U.S. Soybean Export Council has announced the appointment of Jim Sutter as chief executive officer for the organization. Sutter will lead USSEC's efforts on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers to expand international markets for U.S. soybeans and soy products.
"U.S. soybean farmers export more than half of the soybeans we produce on an annual basis," says Roy Bardole, USSEC chairman and a soybean farmer from Rippey, Iowa. "The USSEC board feels confident that Jim will provide strong leadership and will help keep U.S. soy competitive in the international marketplace."
According to year-to-date figures provided by the USDA's Foreign Ag Service, U.S. soy exports will set a record for the fourth year in a row when the marketing year closes for soybean meal and oil on September 30. Figures-to-date show the United States has exported 1.9 billion bushels of soy thus far in 2010. USSEC, with funding from the soybean checkoff and USDA-FAS, implements market development, communications and education programs in 80 countries around the world designed to help sell U.S. soy.
According to Bardole, Sutter's background and experience will help USSEC implement the United Soybean Board and soybean checkoff's new international marketing model that works to expand partnerships with the soybean exporters to create additional profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers.
Sutter will join USSEC on December 6, 2010 from his current role as Vice-President of Cargill's Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain Business Unit.