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 an opportunity to evaluate these investments with 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. The registration link is below.
Leading up to the 2016 SFY mission, Minnesota Soybean will be interviewing past participants about their mission experience.
Jon Waibel currently farms in Baudette, Minn., in Lake of the Woods County with his dad. They currently farm wheat, rye grass, sunflowers, corn and soybeans.
Q: Where did you travel to for your See For Yourself mission?
A: For my SFY mission, I traveled to the Philippines and Japan.
Q: What influenced you to sign up for SFY?
A: It was influenced by another local farmer up in the area that has attended one of the prior SFY missions.
Q: What did you know about soybean checkoff investments in the country before your SFY mission?
A: My knowledge of the checkoff investment was very minimal before attending the trip.
Q: What did you take away from your mission?
A: I think the biggest take away I got from the mission was just how important and valuable soybeans are in those areas of the world and how invested checkoff dollars are used to keep those markets valuable to us.
Q: What is one lasting memory that you will always remember from your mission?
A: The entire mission is a lasting memory. Also, the boat ride in Subic Bay is something that I won’t forget. We were able to see a terminal where they were offloading a panamax of soybean meal. They then put it on smaller ships to get the feed to different parts of the Philippines.
Q: Why should someone sign up for the SFY 2016 mission?
A: I would definitely recommend signing up and trying to attend one of the SFY missions just to become more aware and see your checkoff dollars at work in certain regions of the world. Also, it really puts in perspective how important soybeans are in certain areas of the world.
Q: What value do you see in the Minnesota Research and Promotion Council investing money oversees?
A: I think the importance of the MR&PC investment overseas is the other markets and avenues it creates for our soybeans and soybean products around the world. In the current economy, we need to have these additional customers that are looking for our product.