Soybean Farmer Leaders See Demand for U.S. Soy in Central American Social Programs

ASA Director and USSEC Board Member Monte Peterson of North Dakota, WISHH Vice Chairman Levi Huffman of Indiana, and Indiana Soybean Alliance Senior Director of Grain Production and Utilization Ed Ebert joined ASA’s WISHH in Guatemala and El Salvador on June 12-14. They met with multiple food companies that are buying U.S. soy for government social programs, such as school feeding.  Huffman and Peterson also described how U.S. soy is grown sustainably during a meeting WISHH and a U.S. soy customer company convened with Salvadoran government officials who lead school and other nutrition programs in the country. On June 15-16, they participated in USSEC’s Soy in Social Programs in Latin America program that featured a speaker from Alimentos S.A., a WISHH partner company, which sells U.S. soy-based foods to government as well as commercial markets in Central America.

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Photo Caption: Salvadoran government officials joined ASA’s WISHH for a meeting to discuss the role of U.S. soy in the government’s school feeding and other social programs. ASA/USSEC Director Monte Peterson and Alimentos S.A. Vice President Alan Ayapan hold a bag of Alimentos’ U.S. soy-based product that WISHH helped introduce to the Salvadoran government. WISHH Vice Chair Levi Huffman stands to the immediate right of Ayapan.

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Photo Caption: Peterson (left) and Huffman (right) watch Nutrica company employees process U.S. soy in Guatemala. WISHH has provided technical assistance to the company and supported its staff receiving training at the Northern Crops Institute.

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