As part of the International Soy Growers Alliance, soybean farmer-leaders from the United States and South America recently met with Chinese customers and government officials to discuss how committed soybean farmers are to providing China with a safe and abundant supply of soybeans.
They discussed the importance of eliminating trade barriers, particularly regarding the approval process for soybeans improved through the use of biotechnology.
United Soybean Board treasurer and North Dakota soybean farmer Jared Hagert was among the delegation and said it’s powerful when U.S. and South American soybean farmers can stand together and deliver a message to build on partnerships and strengthen trade relations.
Hagert says China is a great place to target missions like this since it’s the largest importer of U.S. and South American soy.
“Ninety percent of the export market and ninety-nine percent of what China imports comes from the Americas, so it’s been very worthwhile to work together with our counterparts from South America.”
Besides the United Soybean Board, the delegation also represented the American soybean Association and U.S. Soybean Export Council.
For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org.