September 25, 2016

Mexican Trade Delegation To Tour North Dakota Soybean Production

image002The North Dakota Soybean Council will be hosting a Mexican Trade Team on Friday, September 23, 2016.  The guests will tour Alton Grain Terminal, Colfax Elevator, and area soybean farms.  North Dakota Soybean Council staff will be accompanying the group to answer questions from the guests and promote soybeans grown in the state.

The purpose of the visit is to build relationships between North Dakota soybean producers and international customers, and to educate them on the quality of North Dakota soybeans and purchasing opportunities for livestock feed.  The members of the trade team represent the animal feed industry in Mexico.


SCHEDULE – Friday, Sept. 23rd:

9:00 a.m.        Depart for Alton Grain Terminal – Hillsboro

10:30 a.m.      Lovas Family Farm – Hillsboro

Joel Thorsrud Farm – Hillsboro


1:00 p.m.        Depart for Ryan Richard Family Farm – Fargo

2:00 p.m.        Depart for Colfax Elevator



For questions regarding the delegation’s schedule and exact locations on Friday, September 23rd, please contact ND Soybean Council Marketing Director Stephanie Sinner on her cell phone at (701) 373-5226 or by email at


Bayer and Monsanto Could Be the Biggest Deal This Year

At this week’s Senate hearing on mergers within the seed and chemical industries, Senator Chuck Grassley said the “consolidation wave may have become a tsunami.”

Executives from DuPont, Dow Chemical, Syngenta, Monsanto and Bayer were among witnesses at the hearing.

At the ABIC 2016 conference at the FargoDome, we visited with David Hollinrake, Vice President of Marketing & Portfolio Management, Bayer CropScience LP.

David Hollinrake and Rusty Halvorson


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Congressional Testimony: “Innovation Lifts Our Society”

Lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday pressed the executives from the world’s largest seed and chemical companies to justify the recent wave of merger and acquisition proposals in agriculture.

Monsanto Company participated in the panel discussion as part of the hearing on “Consolidation and Competition in the U.S. Seed and Agrochemical Industry.”

Robb Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Monsanto delivered remarks on behalf of the company.

Fraley told lawmakers, “We continue to believe that farmers are best served when companies invest more in new technologies and accelerate the pace of their research and development, which in turn spurs robust competition.”

We caught up with Fraley Wednesday on the sidelines of the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference, which wraps up today at the FargoDome in Fargo, North Dakota.

ABIC 2016 Robb Fraley of Monsanto

Fraley shared the following remarks related to the Senate Committee’s session:

“Monsanto welcomed the opportunity to discuss this exciting new era in agriculture. We appreciated the chance to participate in this important dialogue with Chairman Grassley and the Judiciary Committee.  We believe agriculture innovation is central to delivering tremendous benefits to farmers and society and look forward to engaging with all stakeholders.”

“We are committed to serving farmers and investing in a broad range of solutions that can help their farming operations. The role of innovation has never been more important to agriculture. The fields of biology and data science are opening up a range of new solutions for farmers. And, farmers are faced with meeting the growing food, feed and fiber needs of an ever-increasing population in an increasingly sustainable way and helping agriculture keep up with global challenges such as climate change.”

“I understand that change can be unsettling to farmers – I saw that firsthand when I helped invent the first crops developed through genetic modification (e.g. GMO crops). Importantly, just like then, I’ve found that change enables more innovation and delivers better products to the farm even faster. We continue to believe that farmers are best served when companies invest more in new technologies and accelerate the pace of their research and development, which in turn spurs robust competition. Innovation drives competition. Innovation strengthens the farming economy.  And innovation lifts our society.”