The South Dakota See for Yourself group started the final day in Washington State with a visit to the BNSF Railway at the Seattle International Gateway Intermodal Facility. The Seattle International Gateway Intermodal Facility is a major hub for transportation of not only agriculture products but also coal and many consumer goods from companies like Walmart, Target, and Amazon.
In its sixth year, the See for Yourself experience allows South Dakota soybean farmers the opportunity to see firsthand how their soybean checkoff works for them. With support from the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, soybean farmers traveled to Washington State to tour port facilities and learn about the importance of international markets in the soybean industry.
In 2000, U.S. soybean farmers from state soybean grower organizations created the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) as a program of the American Soybean Association (ASA). The WISHH program carries a focus on trade and long-term market development for U.S. soybean farmers, while fueling economic growth and value chain development.
A group of soybean growers recently traveled to Panama City to build relationships with customers in food and feed markets and share information about U.S. soybeans and aquaculture. The group was there due to a joint effort by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Soy Aquaculture Alliance.
The charter bus turned down the dusty gravel road and came to a stop just outside the gate of Matt Bainbridge’s cattle pasture west of Ethan, South Dakota. The passengers slowly trickled off the bus, weary from several days of travel and many just waking from brief catnaps they caught between destinations.
For the past several years, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota soybean checkoff boards have jointly supported efforts to research and promote the value of northern-grown soybeans based on their amino acid content. Farmer-leaders from these three states regularly trumpet the essential amino acids message when teams come through on trade missions or when promotion soybeans abroad.