Director of ChinaAg

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Loren Puette is the Director of ChinaAg, a market research and analytical firm dedicated to helping clients navigate China’s complex agricultural trade and food industry. ChinaAg offers a range of business services that covers China’s agricultural infrastructure, farm output, foreign trade, commodity prices, food quality requirements, and agribusiness enterprises. Deliverables include statistical datasets, industry briefs, market reports, and customized research products.

Industry Experience

Mr. Puette has been analyzing agricultural markets since 2005 and has extensive field experience including on-the-ground analysis in East Asia, Russia, Central Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. Before founding ChinaAg, Mr. Puette worked as a Market Research Analyst at Washington DC-based international agribusiness firm Fintrac Inc., specializing in Food Analytics. In this role, he analyzed agricultural markets and commercial commodity trends for Fintrac and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Rwanda, Burundi, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Tajikistan, producing actionable recommendations for the market entry of specific agricultural products. He served as team lead for a Middle East market study that assessed the trade flows, wholesale/retail prices, and technical requirements for fresh produce imports from Tanzania. Prior to this, Mr. Puette worked as a Plant Health Analyst for Georgetown University’s Division of Integrated Biodefense, where he analyzed occurrences of crop disease and pest outbreaks in the post-Soviet States, Europe, and Francophone Africa for the USDA.

Mr. Puette has received several prestigious fellowships for international research. In 2010, Mr. Puette was awarded the Alfa Fellowship, a professional exchange placing Americans at leading business organizations in Russia. During the Fellowship, he worked at Cargill Foods Russia where he researched and delivered his findings on the economic viability of establishing specialty malt production in Russia for Cargill’s brewery clients. Two years later he participated in the International Research & Exchanges Board’s (IREX) U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS) in Tajikistan. As an EPS Fellow, he developed crop diversification strategies for Tajikistan and authored the report, "Tajikistan’s Fresh Produce Industry: Prospects for Growth and International Trade".

Mr. Puette holds a MA in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BA in Economics from Baylor University (Texas), and speaks Russian, French, and Mandarin Chinese. He is originally from Bakersfield, an agricultural hub located at the base of California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley. He is currently based in Taiwan.

Publications & Media Appearances

ABC Rural, “China is Building a 100,000-cow Dairy Farm to Supply Russia with Milk, but One Expert Doubts It Will End Up that Big”; July 2015

ABC Rural, “China's Huge Corn Stocks are Making Barley and Sorghum Exporters Nervous”; October 2015

ABC Rural, "Chinese Stock Market Turmoil Causing Major Headaches for Agribusinesses"; February 2016

ABC Rural, “China's Most 'In Demand' Nuts Influenced by its Domestic Production”; March 2017

ABC Rural, “Australian Exporters Still Need to Work Harder at Understanding Chinese Business, Expert Says”; May 2018, "China to Sell Corn Reserves Soon, Analyst Says"; July 2015, "China to Remain Big U.S. Ag Customer, Analyst Says"; May 2016

American Soybean Association, “China’s Voracious Appetite for Soybeans”; Winter 2015

Bloomberg Environment, China Sowing Seeds to Commercialize Genetically Modified Corn; October 2018

China Daily, “Centers of Plant Growth”; September 2017

CNN Business, "China Wants to Stop Buying American Soybeans Entirely"; October 2018

CNNMoney, "China: Cheap American Grain is Hurting our Farmers"; February 2018

CNNMoney, "China's Pork Tariffs on the US will Hurt a Big Chinese Company"; April 2018

CNNMoney, "China Slashes Tariffs for Asian Countries as US Trade Fight Escalates"; June 2018

CNNMoney, "China May Soon Regret Slapping Tariffs on US Soybeans"; August 2018

CNNMoney, "A Swine Fever Outbreak is the Latest Threat to China's Economy"; September 2018

Deutsche Welle (DW) News, "Farmers Face Pigs' Dinner as US-China Trade Spat Thickens"; September 2018

Deutsche Welle (DW) News, "Democrats Take Wind out of Trump's Economic Sails"; November 2018

The Financial Times, "Syngenta Offers ChemChina Seeds of GM Growth"; February 2016

The Financial Times, "Farmers Sound Alarm over Mega Deals"; September 2016

Fruitnet, “Cracking the Big Time”; March 2017

Global Meat News, "Stock Exchange Woes Hit Chinese Meat Industry"; September 2015

Global Meat News, "Australia begins live cattle exports to China"; November 2015

The Globe and Mail "Soybeans Sow the Seeds of a New Trade Balance as China Pushes Back on U.S. Demands"; November 2018

Heritage Radio Network, “Meat + Three: Episode 2 Pork”; May 2018

Heritage Radio Network,Soybeans + Pork: A US/China Trade Update; August 2018

Quartz, "China is Probably Not Really Growing 7 Million Tons of Asparagus Every Year"; May 2015

Radio Sputnik, Weekend Special: US-China Trade War Losses and Benefits with Loren Puette; July 2018

Radio Sputnik, 'US-China Trade Dispute Could Have Many Unseen Effect on the Global Economy' - Expert; August 2018

Reuters, Taiwan Signs Deal to Buy $1.56 billion in Iowa, Minnesota Soybeans; September 2018

Science (AAAS) Magazine, “China Aims to Sow a Revolution with GM Seed Takeover”; April 2017

Sputnik, Analyst on China Tariffs Cuts for Asian Countries: 'There Will Be More'”; July 2018

Sputnik, US-China Trade Dispute Could Have 'Unseen Effect on Global Economy’ – Economist; August 2018

U.S. Grains Council, "Market Perspectives - Country News"; October 2015

The Wall Street Journal, “China Seeks to Develop Global Seed Power”; March 2015