South Dakota Soybean Farmers Invited to Apply for Pacific Northwest Ag Tour

The South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC) invites you to apply for the fifth annual See for Yourself Pacific Northwest mission. From June 20-23, 2016, you will get a firsthand look at export locations throughout Washington state.

Each tour location offers the opportunity to better understand where their soybeans go and how they are processed. With over 60 percent of South Dakota’s soybeans exported each year, there is a growing need for farmers to understand how international marketing impacts their bottom line. Attendees will also gain valuable knowledge of how their checkoff dollars are invested to promote their soybean crop both domestically and internationally.

Previous See for Yourself participants touring the Port of Grays Harbor.

Previous See for Yourself participants touring the Port of Grays Harbor.

If chosen, you will learn how soybeans make the journey across the globe through tours of several port facilities, including Tacoma Export Marketing Company, the Port of Grays Harbor and an AGP export facility. Other tour stops will include BNSF Railway and two aquaculture locations: the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Abernathy Fish Technology Center. Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing animal agriculture markets for soybean meal.

If you are interested in participating in the all-expenses-paid mission, you can find more information on the SDSRPC’s website at www.sdsoybean.org or apply online here. The final application deadline is April 11, 2016.

If you have questions or would like additional information about the mission, contact Kelly Nelson, knelson@sdsoybean.org or 605-330-9942.