MSGA vice president joining trade mission to the Philippines

Darin Johnson, vice president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, will represent Minnesota soybean farmers as part of a USDA-sponsored trade mission to the Philippines.

“I’m honored to speak on behalf Minnesota soybean farmers on this trade mission. Soybeans are Minnesota’s top agricultural export. As a farmer-leader, I know how important international markets are to the health and growth of our industry,” said Johnson, who farms in Wells. “I’m looking forward to visiting with – and learning from – our trading partners in the Philippines, and I’m eager to share how we continue to raise high-quality soybeans in Minnesota while also protecting our resources.”

The Philippines is the top international purchaser of U.S. soybean meal, totaling $947 million in 2021, a 7% increase from 2020. The Philippines is the eighth largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, averaging $3.1 billion annually over the last five years, making it the top market in Southeast Asia. Already a longstanding and reliable trading partner, the Philippines continues to offer many opportunities for exporters because of its young and growing population and rising household income. The United States saw a record year in 2021 for agricultural exports to the Philippines. The strong trade relationship and consumer trust in U.S. products built over decades can be an important asset for exporters.

Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley will lead the delegation of representatives from 29 U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations to Manila, Philippines, July 18-21 for a U.S. Department of Agriculture-sponsored trade mission. The Philippines is the eighth-largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, averaging $3.1 billion annually during the last five years.

“The Philippines is an excellent market for U.S. farm and food products, and we look forward to introducing a diverse group of companies and organizations to new export opportunities there,” Whitley said. “U.S. brands sell very well in the Philippines, where consumers regard our products as safe, reliable and of good quality. The United States has enjoyed a long and prosperous trading relationship with the Philippines and this mission is an ideal opportunity to further expand our exports there.”

Participants will engage directly with potential buyers, receive in-depth market briefs from FAS and industry trade experts, and participate in site visits.

In addition to representatives from the following companies and organizations, Whitley will be joined by Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen and other agency officials from across the country. Leaders from the Speciality Soya and Grains Alliance are also joining the group..

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