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10 Reasons USSEC’s 15 Years Impactful for Soy & U.S. Economy

American Soybean Association & United Soybean Board vision of soy export group proves fruitful as U.S. Soybean Export Council reaches big year and even bigger goals!

ST. LOUIS, MO (Aug. 19, 2021) – What happens when a devoted policy organization and an innovative research and promotion board collaborate to create a third soy group devoted to export promotion? In just 15 short years, a lot!

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) was ideated by farsighted soy leaders within the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the United Soybean Board (USB) with an aim to create preference, drive value, and enable market access for U.S.-grown soy worldwide. Since its inception in 2006, the organization has since matched—and surpassed—its mission, today enabling reliable access to nutritious and sustainable U.S. Soy for human consumption, aquaculture, and livestock feed in more than 82 nations. All that soy—approx. $25.7 billion* in value in 2020/21—being transported and shipped internationally is supporting global food industries and the U.S. economy!

Monte Peterson, a U.S. soybean farmer from Valley City, North Dakota, and current chairperson of USSEC, has been heavily involved with all three soy organizations. “Having personally engaged with global customers and stakeholders on export promotion trips and virtually post-Covid, what USSEC does to advance global nutrition and food security and the competitiveness of the food industry with soy is impressive! It makes you appreciate the vision and wisdom of farmers and staff who prioritized investing in international markets 15 years ago! They knew developing and sustaining global export markets for food, feed or oil use would be critical to soy’s long-term impact,” says Peterson, who also currently serves on the ASA board.

To mark USSEC’s 15th anniversary, the three soy partner organizations—ASA, USB, and USSEC—share 10 compelling reasons U.S. Soy’s years are significant for both soy and the U.S. economy!

  1. #1! 60% of U.S. Soy is exported internationally, making it USA’s #1 food and agriculture export!
  2. Doubled! U.S. Soy exports have doubled in 15 years to over 69 MMT vs. under 37 MMT
  3. Tripled! Exports to China have tripled with 35+ MMT vs. 11 MMT
  4. 100 million-plus! A cumulative 100 million metric tons of U.S. Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP)-verified shipments have been exported since program launch in 2014.
  5. 15 months during COVID-19 (March 2020-May 2021), USSEC pivoted to digital marketing, engaging 61,407 customers and stakeholders at 522 virtual events to drive demand for U.S. Soy.
  6. Five U.S. Soy Excellence Centers (Egypt, Honduras, Thailand, Nigeria, and a sister program in China) are emerging to enhance expertise and capacity around the world and thus enable local country visions for health and nutrition in collaboration with their local food and agriculture industry and stakeholders.
  7. 6x growth in exports to Egypt at ~2.7 MMT vs. 461,000 MT
  8. 4x growth in exports to Colombia at ~1.5 MMT vs. under 360,000 MT
  9. 50x growth in cumulative exports to Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh at 3+ MMT vs. 60,000 MT
  10. 10x growth in cumulative exports to Ecuador and Peru at 770,000 MT vs. 71,000 MT in 2005

The soy industry is proud of USSEC’s efforts to build invaluable partnerships with the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, U.S. Meat Export Federation, Qualified State Soybean Boards, and Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance, in addition to several global and local industry associations present in the countries in which it operates – to meet the need for soy and value-added soy products. These partnerships enable USSEC to advance nutrition and food security, environmental sustainability, and livelihoods around the world while enhancing the competitive advantage of the food, feed, consumer goods, retail, and other user industries of U.S. Soy.

*USDA FAS 2020 calendar year data

About U.S. Soybean Export Council: The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) is devoted to building preference, improving the value, and enabling market access for the use of U.S. Soy for human consumption, aquaculture, and livestock feed in 82 countries across the world. USSEC is a dynamic partnership of U.S. soybean producers, processors, commodity shippers, merchandisers, allied agribusinesses, and agricultural organizations; and connects food and agriculture industry leaders through a robust membership program. USSEC is farmer-funded by checkoff funds invested by USB, various state soybean councils, the food and agriculture industry, and ASA’s investment of cost-share funding provided by USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Visit and, and engage with us on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to learn more.

About American Soybean Association: ASA represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important to the soybean industry. ASA has 26 affiliated state associations representing 30 soybean-producing states and more than 500,000 soybean farmers. More information at

About United Soybean Board: United Soybean Board’s 78 volunteer farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds in programs and partnerships to drive soybean innovation beyond the bushel and increase preference for U.S. soy. That preference is based on U.S. soybean meal and oil quality and the sustainability of U.S. soybean farmers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit



Wendy Brannen at American Soybean Association,

Paul Murphy-Spooner at United Soybean Board,

Chris Samuel at U.S. Soybean Export Council,

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