Photos courtesy of IGP.
Attending the course, sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council, were 26 professionals from the following countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Singapore, Ecuador, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and the United States.
“This course is intended for purchasing directors and commodity traders in Latin America to improve all of their risk management and purchasing skills in order to do a better job in buying U.S. soybeans, soybean oil, or soybean meal,” said Carlos Campabadal, feed manufacturing and grain quality management curriculum manager at the IGP Institute.
Participants also visited with Kenlon Johannes, administrator and CEO of the Kansas Soybean Commission, and Paul O’Trimble, a Kansas soybean farmer. The participants toured the family farm and saw the equipment used to harvest and store soybeans.
“(The course) has really helped me in the risk management side and the day-to-day working with soybean meal,” said Marvin Mateo, purchasing and logistics manager at Costa Atlantica.
Campabadal said: “We are always looking forward to providing the technical assistance that is needed for the different regional markets to improve their purchasing skills.”
In addition to grain marketing and risk management, the IGP Institute offers courses in the areas of flour milling and grain processing, and grain purchasing and risk management.