USSEC launches new center with Kansas State University, Auburn University and Zamorano University
The Soy Excellence Center of the Americas will officially open its doors on June 3, 2021. The partners will
come together and celebrate the launch with a virtual event at 10 a.m. CDT, open to all U.S. soy industry stakeholders and U.S. soy customers across the Caribbean, North, Central, and South America. To register for this free event, visit SECAmericas.com and sign up to receive the virtual event details.
The Soy Excellence Center (SEC) of the Americas will be located at the Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School in Honduras. It will serve as a resource to enable the animal production, food, and agribusiness sectors to
develop talent. The SEC is a U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) program, in conjunction with partners, Kansas State University, Auburn University and Zamorano University.
“I’m excited to launch the Soy Excellence Center of the Americas officially. We have worked at Kansas State University International Grains Program Institute (IGP) for many years in partnership with USSEC,” says Carlos
Campabadal, SEC Americas Center lead director and K-State IGP outreach specialist in grain storage and feed manufacturing. “This SEC helps formalize the tools and training available for U.S. soy customers throughout the
region. We have compiled the training expert team to provide insights for customers into training with poultry, swine and aquaculture nutrition and production, storage, quality control and feed manufacturing. This virtual launch is just the start of exciting times ahead.”
The excitement carries throughout the region, and none are more excited than the USSEC team who looks forward to the additional support the Center will provide its customers.
“The Americas Region is the largest market for U.S. soy outside of China. With that in mind, investments in the region directly translate to more demand for U.S. soy. The Soy Excellence Center is a key pillar for our regional strategy moving forward,” says Carlos R. Salinas, USSEC Americas regional director. “With the help of K-State University, Zamorano University and Auburn University, USSEC Americas is offering our key customers the opportunity to better learn the value of U.S. soy to continue to grow their business. The SEC will help our customers make more informed decisions, contributing to better operational efficiency, sustainability, management and profitability.”
The team is excited to celebrate the launch of the SEC Americas as the fourth SEC located across the globe. The USSEC team is dedicated to evolving the training they’ve conducted for decades into the next phase of its availability.
“The establishment of the SEC is moving training that USSEC has conducted for decades into a curriculum-based program. This will provide significant training that can, at the choice of the student, lead to an individual(s)
becoming an SEC Distinguished Professional!” says Ed Beaman, USSEC chief operating officer. “This (training pathway) may not be for everyone, but for those who want to demonstrate to the soy community a very high level of commitment, it may well be just the ticket for them. At the same time, USSEC is building an army of U.S. Soy ambassadors around the globe!”