Minnesota Farmers Prepare to Host 200 International Soy Buyers

Six southern Minnesota soybean farmers and one area company are preparing to host 200 soy international buyers Sept. 12, following the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange conference in Minneapolis, Minn. 

The buyers from various countries will begin at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in Medford at 10 a.m., where they will hear from regional experts. Speakers and topics include NRCS official Tom Coffman on soybean production sustainability; Dr. Mark Wehe of South Central College on financial statements; and University of Minnesota Agronomist Seth Naeve on soybean essential amino acids and shipping effects on soy protein quality. 

Following the speakers, the soy buyers will visit one of six farms. Farmers hosting a team include Mike Riley and Sons of Amboy; Keith Schrader of Nertstrand; Bruce Schmoll of Claremont; Jeff Ignaszewski of Wells; Sam Ziegler of Good Thunder; Scott Singlestad of Waseca; and Roger Toquam of Blooming Prairie. 

Regions represented include Japan, India, Bangladesh, Middle East, North Africa, SE Asia, Taiwan, Pakistan, EU and the Americas. 

This event is made possible by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the soybean checkoff.