As a South Dakota soybean farmer, you have the opportunity to see how the South Dakota soybean checkoff contributes to export opportunities. This June, the SD soybean checkoff will host 15 soybean farmers on a See For Yourself mission to the Pacific Northwest, a major export region for soybeans from South Dakota. The mission will give participants the opportunity to see how the checkoff works to increase productivity, profitability and demand.
This week, the Bainbridge family from Ethan, S.D., welcomed Chinese pork producers to their South Dakota farm. The evening kicked off with a farm tour, where the Bainbridge’s shared production practices and quality information with the group.
On Sunday we spent the day in the city of Zhu Hai in Southern China. Zhu Hai is located on the Pearl River Delta. The Pearl River is a large river for aquaculture because it has a number of tributaries. Also because the river is in Southern China, there is a longer growing season for the fish.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been busy preparing for our upcoming trade mission to China and Vietnam. We’re taking off on Tuesday to promote South Dakota soybean quality and exports abroad. South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture, Walt Bones, will also join the group of farmer-leaders on the trade mission. As the top government official for South Dakotas number one industry, Bones and soybean leaders will have the opportunity to meet with foreign government officials, importers and other major customers.