2013 MN Soybean SFY China Trade Mission

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council

2013 See For Yourself Trade Mission to China

March 19 to March 28

SFY China          Beijing           Yanti         Shenzhen        Hong Kong    

Over View

David Scheibel was fortunate to be invited along for a 10 day China trade mission trip taking place from March 19 to March 28, 2013. A total of 27 Minnesota farmers and soybean officials were part of the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council’s (MSR&PC) International Marketing “See For Yourself” project. This popular program, now in its eighth year, gives Minnesota farmers a personal view of how their checkoff dollars work to develop international markets.

The visit to the United States largest agriculture customer was an amazing opportunity to comprehend and try to understand the capitalist/socialist country that currently buys $26 billion of U.S. agricultural exports. In 2012 China bought 42% of its soybeans needs from U.S. farmers. While China grows 100% of its soybeans as food grade soybeans, it must import all of the soybeans and/or soybean meal that it uses for livestock feed. In addition, soy oil process from the imported soybeans and other vegetable oils are very important to the Chinese consumer for food preparation.

Chinese Culture

While traveling on the coach bus we were able to ask our interpetor many questions about Chinese culture.


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