Minnesota Soybean Hosts Pair of Trade Teams

An eight-member African trade team visited Minnesota this past week, seeking to expand their use of U.S. soy. The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) paired with the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) to host the trade team of African food company representatives.

Minnesota soybean farmer leaders and industry representatives met with the trade team in Mankato, Minn., to discuss U.S. soy’s benefits. Kim Nill, Director of Market Development, Bruce Abbe of Midwest Shippers and Roger Mortenson of Grain Millers presented to the team on the Minnesota Soybean organization, shipping soy from the U.S., and management practices.

“Hosting an African Bakers team allows soy farmers and leaders to explain how adding soybean flour to regular wheat flour makes it more nutritionally balanced,” Nill said. “This is extremely beneficial because of the issues related to malnutrition in their African countries.”

Wayne and Adam Knewtson, farmers by Good Thunder, Minn., also hosted the team for a tour of their farm, Knewtson Soy Products.

A Vietnamese Trade Team also visited Minnesota Soybean this past week. Presentations were given on soybean quality and essential amino acids as well as soybean processing.

Click here to watch the local news coverage on the African Bakers team.

The trade teams’ visit to Minnesota was made possible by the MSR&PC and the soybean checkoff.