Soybean buyers and processors from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam will be in the Red River Valley this week, attending the Soybeans Procurement Management for Importers course at the Northern Crops Institute. The course is sponsored by NCI, as well as the North Dakota Soybean Council, U.S. Soybean Export Council, the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association, and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
The course is designed to give participants an overview of the quality characteristics of U.S. northern grown soybeans as well as the intricacies of buying, handling, and shipping food grade soybeans out of the region.
Participants will tour farms and other locations in the Red River Valley during the week and will be split into two groups, each with a separate focus. The tours will begin on Tuesday after both groups attend an all participant session Monday at NDSU’s Commodity Trade Room.
Food grade buyers will visit Brushvale Seed of Breckenridge, MN, Richland IFC of Dwight, ND, SB & B Foods of Casselton, ND, SK Foods Specialty Processing of Moorhead, MN and SunOpta of Moorhead.
As for the feed grade buyers, they will tour the Northern Crops Institute’s feed mill, Alton Grain Terminal and the Peter Lovas farm near Hillsboro, ND, and the Colfax Farmers Elevator and the Jay Myers Family farm near Colfax, ND. Additionally, the feed group will tour NDSU’s Ag Experiment Station Research Greenhouse complex. The ND Soybean Council staff will be on hand to answer any questions the international guests have and promote soybeans grown in North Dakota.
A supper for all will be hosted Tuesday evening at the Bill & Karolyn Zurn Family Farm at Callaway, MN. Any questions can be directed to Stephanie Sinner of the ND Soybean CouncilShare