With more than half of Minnesota’s annual soybean crop being exported each year, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) uses a portion of the soybean checkoff to expand markets and build relationships with international customers. Because of the value exporting brings to soybeans, the Council offers Minnesota farmers the opportunity to evaluate these investments by participating in a See For Yourself (SFY) mission.
The 2016 SFY mission will be headed to Vietnam, with tentative dates of March 16, 2016, through March 27, 2016. Any questions on the trip can be directed to Keith Schrader, Vice Chairman of MSR&PC, at 507-649-1574 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in the mission can apply here.
Leading up to the 2016 SFY mission, Minnesota Soybean will be interviewing past participants about their mission experience.
Harold Wolle is a farmer from St. James, Minn., in Watonwan County. Harold and his wife, Jane, were a part of the eighth See For Yourself program.
Q: Where did you travel to for your See For Yourself (SFY) mission?
A: I traveled to China in 2013 for my mission.
Q: What influenced you to sign up for SFY?
A: I enjoy seeing and learning about foreign agriculture, especially China. This was an opportunity to learn specifically about their agriculture.
Q: What did you know about the soybean checkoff investment in the country before your SFY mission?
A: I had a general knowledge that our checkoff was promoting soy use in China.
Q: What did you take away from your mission?
A: I came away with knowing that China is a major user of our soybeans. I also learned that they have the potential to increase their usage.
Q: What is one lasting memory that you will always remember from your mission?
A: I was very impressed with our sister organizations, the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. We work effectively with them to promote the use of our soybeans.
Q: Why should someone sign up for the SFY 2016 mission?
A: It is a tremendous opportunity to see a different system of agriculture and learn how we are promoting our soybeans in their country.
Q: What value do you see in the Minnesota Research and Promotion Council investing money overseas?
A: We are very good at producing soybeans but we need MSR&PC to market our product to the world.