A delegation of producers from the U.S. pork, beef, corn and soybean industries traveled to Japan this week for meetings with key players in the Japanese meat trade. As U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng explains, several of these producers will be making presentations at a major seminar USMEF is conducting on Sept. 9 for about 400 meat buyers from across all sectors of the Japanese food industry. In addition, Dr. Robert Thaler of South Dakota State University will be explaining feed formulations used by the U.S. pork and beef industries.

Seng notes that in addition to the expertise these producers lend to the seminar, their presence also reminds buyers of the family-centered nature of the U.S. industry and conveys a personal commitment to producing the highest-quality products in a responsible manner. The delegation includes:


  • Bruce Schmoll, Minnesota Soybean Association and current USMEF secretary-treasurer
  • Patrick Fitzsimmons, Minnesota Pork Board
  • Dean Black, Iowa Beef Industry Council
  • Wane Humphries, Iowa Corn Promotion Board
  • Scott McGregor, Iowa Soybean Association
  • Steve Hanson, Nebraska Beef Council
  • David Bruntz, Nebraska Corn Board
  • Russell Vering, Nebraska Pork Producers Association
  • Dr. Robert Thaler, South Dakota State University