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Minnesota soybean farmers venture to China

A group of 26 farmers are traveling to China with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council's (MSR&PC) sponsored See For Yourself trip from March 19 to 28. The See For Yourself program allows Minnesota soybean farmers the opportunity to meet and learn more about their largest export customer, China.

During the trip, farmers will tour feed mills, soy food processing plants, frozen food markets and aquaculture farms. Minnesota farmers will have the opportunity to hear from their international representatives at the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC) along with U.S. exporters.

"It's important for farmers to see how their contributions to the checkoff are being invested and where their soybeans are going. Minnesota soybean farmers are making a difference globally and it's important for farmers to understand that," stated Jim Willers, soybean farmer from Beaver Creek and MSR&PC Communications Committee chair.

This is the eighth year of the See For Yourself program, and it has helped develop better relationships and understanding with international customers. Every other row of Minnesota soybeans is exported to feed people and livestock around the world. As demand for crops continues to grow globally, farmers are meeting the challenge through the use of technology and international friendships.

The international marketing of soybeans and meats is a priority of the soybean checkoff that MSR&PC administers on behalf of Minnesota soybean farmers. The soybean checkoff is an investment soybean farmers make in order to increase yields, improve the quality and expand markets for soybeans in the U.S. and around the world.

The See For Yourself trips organized by MSR&PC provide an opportunity for Minnesota farmers to see firsthand how their soybean checkoff is being used to add value to their soybeans in the international market.

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of approximately 25,000 farmers in Minnesota. The council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. This money is used to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for soybeans.

To learn more about MSR&PC, visit