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.
Deron Erickson is a farm business management educator at Ridgewater College while operating a 450 acre corn and soybean farm east of Chokio, Minn.
Q: Where did you travel to for your See For Yourself (SFY) mission?
A: I traveled to China in March of 2013.
Q: What influenced you to sign up for SFY?
A: I was hesitant to apply but saw it as a great chance to see our checkoff dollars at work. The chance to see the biggest export market for our soybeans was also a big draw. I am a farm business management instructor, as well as a farmer, so I also saw the mission as a chance to bring back the information gathered to the 60 farmers and students that I work with. Read more