2013 MN Soybean SFY China Trade Mission

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council

2013 See For Yourself Trade Mission to China

March 19 to March 28

SFY China          Beijing           Yanti         Shenzhen        Hong Kong    

Radio Interviews

David Scheibel was interviwed by Chuck Blum of KOLV  Radio K100.1 in Olivia about the experiences during the trip to China. Clink on the links below to acces the MP3 files with the interviews.

    China Interview #1                 China Interview #2

SFY Book

I published a picture book about the Trade Mission trip. You can read or purchase the book here .

It can also be found on bookemon.com search for Minnesota Soybean. 


Power Point Presentation PDF

This Presentaion highlights the objectives of the Trade Mission, The Check Off Program, Soybean & Affiliated Organizations, plus pictures from the trip.

See Your MN Soybean Check Dollars at Work in China in this PDF Power Point Presentation that includes 172 slides from the Trade Mission.

Objectives of Trade Mission
• To evaluate, as required by federal law, the se of soybean check off funds
• Promote MN Soybeans vs. Southern U.S. and South American Soybeans
• Develop relationships with end users

Check Off Program is Committed to increasing farmer profitability through the wise investment of
checkoff dollars.Each time a farmer sells soybeans, one-half of one-percent of the market price is
"checked off." One-half stays in the state for state-specific projects and one-half is
sent to the United Soybean Board (www.unitedsoybean.org) to be used for
national and international programs.

Over View

David Scheibel was fortunate to be invited along for a 10 day China trade mission trip taking place from March 19 to March 28, 2013. A total of 27 Minnesota farmers and soybean officials were part of the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council’s (MSR&PC) International Marketing “See For Yourself” project. This popular program, now in its eighth year, gives Minnesota farmers a personal view of how their checkoff dollars work to develop international markets.

The visit to the United States largest agriculture customer was an amazing opportunity to comprehend and try to understand the capitalist/socialist country that currently buys $26 billion of U.S. agricultural exports. In 2012 China bought 42% of its soybeans needs from U.S. farmers. While China grows 100% of its soybeans as food grade soybeans, it must import all of the soybeans and/or soybean meal that it uses for livestock feed. In addition, soy oil process from the imported soybeans and other vegetable oils are very important to the Chinese consumer for food preparation.

Chinese Culture

While traveling on the coach bus we were able to ask our interpetor many questions about Chinese culture.


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Included are just a few pictures from the Trade Mission.

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