Like other countries in Southeast Asia, Thailand’s economy is on a steady incline. That means good things for South Dakota soybeans.
South Dakota soybean growers are encouraged to apply for the 2018 See For Yourself export tour to Mexico. The experience is hosted by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC). Ten farmers will be selected to travel to Mexico, February 18-24, 2018, where they will experience first-hand how the South Dakota soybean checkoff is working for them in the country.
Most soybean farmers probably don’t think much about what happens to their soybeans once they leave the farm gate. Because more than 60 percent of South Dakota’s soybean production is exported, there is a good likelihood that some may make their way to the largest bulk cargo handling facility in all of Asia. South Dakota farmers got a first-hand look at the port and met with soybean processors operating in the port to learn more about their operation and purchasing considerations.
Being the world’s largest soybean customer has its advantages. China’s 90 million metric tons (3.3 billion bushels) per year soy appetite means every soybean-producing country has their eyes on China. But not all soybeans are created equal.
The sheer magnitude of China’s soybean market and the opportunity it presents is much clearer to Brookings farmer Craig Converse, one of six South Dakota farmers on a trade mission to China and Thailand with the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC). The farmers are meeting with soybean buyers, traders, crushers and feed millers from the world’s largest soybean market.
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.