Zach Johnson of Lowry, who runs a popular YouTube channel called MN Millennial Farmer, was set to host a farm visit for a group of international professionals, entrepreneurs and marketers from the food industry on Monday, Aug. 12.
Organized by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, the trade group was expected to stop at Johnson's farm before studying the soy industry. The group will learn about new ideas for soy-based foods and snack foods, soy as a supplement to fortify foods, soy as animal nutrition, and an overview of soy production in the U.S. at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, North Dakota.
Soy growers have been looking for new markets since a trade war with the U.S. caused China to back rapidly away from U.S. soybeans.
The trade team includes representatives from Sri Lanka, Uganda, Ghana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and the U.S. The trade team learn about the production and storage of U.S. soybeans, equipment used and current status of the 2019 growing season, while also getting to know a Minnesota soybean farmer.
"Hosting trade teams is one way Minnesota soybean farmers continue to build relationships with overseas customers and build a preference for Minnesota soy," the soybean council said in a news release. "When international soybean buyers want to buy U.S. soy, we want them to think of Minnesota first and the quality they saw firsthand."