North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) board members and staff met with members of the Chinese Soybean Industry Association (CSIA) on June 23 in Fargo to promote understanding of the US soybean industry and establish positive relations between the two groups.
"Our meeting provided an ideal opportunity to explore ways of creating and expanding demands for US soy in China," says Diana Beitelspacher, CEO of NDSC.
"We are in a relationship-focused business," she adds. "Engaging in dialogue with our international customers to better understand their needs and expectations is the perfect way to build those relationships and generate greater interest in our commodity."
Ten members of the CSIA visited the Fargo area as part of their United States visit, which was sponsored by the NDSC and facilitated by the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC).
The Chinese delegation also traveled to Traill County and visited Brent and Jennifer Kohls at the Newman Farm near Clifford, ND. Brent, who is the vice president of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, provided the group with an overview of his farming operation and answered many questions from the group regarding soybean production and farm operating costs.
"It's imperative as producers to showcase the efforts we put forth to provide our customers a high quality product, and I feel trade visits like this truly help differentiate our soybeans from competing countries," says Brent Kohls. "It was a great privilege to help the group gain a better understanding of the business side of American farming and host the delegation from China, the number one importer of North Dakota and US Soybeans."
North Dakota soybean farmers across the state are represented on the North Dakota Soybean Council Board, which oversees a grass roots promotion, research and marketing program funded by soybean checkoff dollars. The Council's mission is to effectively invest and leverage North Dakota soy checkoff resources to maximize the benefits of North Dakota soy. The Council is organized by North Dakota State law.