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The U.S. Soybean Export Council Selected to Join USDA Trade Mission to the Philippines

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2022 – The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) will join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a trade mission to Manila, Philippines, July 18-21. The Philippines is the eighth-largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, averaging $3.1 billion annually during the last five years. The USDA trade mission will build upon that momentum with the goal of finding new and expanded export opportunities for U.S. agribusinesses, exporters, and producers.

“The U.S. Soybean Export Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Philippine Foreign Agricultural Service office have a strong partnership in ensuring uninterrupted flow of U.S. Soy to the country,” said Doug Winter, Chairman. “USDA Agricultural Trade Missions provide critical opportunities for U.S. Soy representatives to connect with key export markets such as the Philippines, which is the largest importer of U.S. soybean meal globally. The valuable conversations that take place with customers about the quality and sustainability of U.S. Soy supports our continued market access and equal opportunities, and we are pleased to be part of this important mission.”

USSEC is a dynamic partnership of U.S. soybean producers, processors, commodity shippers, merchandisers, allied agribusinesses, and agricultural organizations working to build preference for U.S. Soy throughout the world. USSEC works to build a preference for U.S. soybeans and soybean products, advocates for the use of soy in feed, aquaculture and human consumption, promotes the benefits of soy use through education, and connects industry leaders through a robust membership program.

“The Philippines is an excellent market for U.S. farm and food products, and we look forward to introducing a diverse group of companies and organizations to new export opportunities there,” Whitley said. “U.S. brands sell very well in the Philippines, where consumers regard our products as safe, reliable and of good quality. The United States has enjoyed a long and prosperous trading relationship with the Philippines and this mission is an ideal opportunity to further expand our exports there.”

USDA is also partnering with the Food Export Association of the Midwest USA and Food Export USA–Northeast for the trade mission. Strong collaboration between FAS and the U.S. agricultural industry help ensure FAS is providing the best possible service to its customers both internationally and at home.

For more information on USDA trade missions, visit For questions about the U.S. Soybean Export Council, visit or contact Kerrey Kerr-Enskat at or (515) 823-1848.

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