MN Soybean SFY Mission Trip Applications Open

Mankato, Minn.— There’s no better way to learn about what is happening in the global soybean market than to see it for yourself. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSRPC) is coordinating a See For Yourself trip to Japan and the Philippines to show Minnesota soybean farmers where their soybeans are going, to build relationships with foreign buyers and to help farmers better understand how their checkoff dollars are being invested. It also provides you with a chance to evaluate your investment.

“This isn’t a trip you or your travel agent could arrange,” says Joel Schreurs, vice chair of Minnesota Soybean’s market development team and soybean farmer from Lincoln County. “We get a behind the scenes perspective that makes this the trip of a lifetime. If you want to see your soybeans’ final destination, this is the place for you to go.

Minnesota soybean farmers are encouraged to apply for this See For Yourself trip, scheduled for March 15-25, 2014. The mission will include overviews of the market in Southeast Asia, meetings with local soybean buyers, processors and suppliers, supermarkets and embassies. Participants will get an in-depth look at the soybean industry in Japan and the Philippines and participate in high level meetings with leaders from the region. Japan is the largest importer of U.S. pork, while the Philippines is the nation’s second largest buyer of soybean meal. Because of the importance of these markets, the trip will offer a unique perspective and access to important customers.

“I used to think once the soybeans left my farm yard that it was the end,” Schreurs adds. “But with over 50% of U.S. soybeans exported, it’s important for farmers to see how their checkoff is being used to grow and expand markets.”

Applications are open to any Minnesota soybean farmer. Cost of the trip for those selected is $2,000. Spouses can attend but must be paid on your own at an estimated $5,600. Application deadline is Dec. 1, and can be completed at www.mnsoybean.org. Selection will occur in early December. Space is limited.

For more information, contact the Minnesota Soybean office at 888-896-9678.

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