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Source: North Dakota Soybean Council news release

The North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) welcomed and hosted an international soybean crop sampling delegation from China, Indonesia, Vietnam & Thailand on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

During their visit to North Dakota, the overseas guests had the opportunity to tour Maple River Grain & Agronomy in Casselton, ND, and area soybean farms, including: Brent Kohls' Farm in Clifford, ND; and Joel Thorsrud's Farm in Hillsboro, ND. Some of the visiting delegate members from China met NDSC board and staff members just recently in August when NDSC traveled to China as part of a relationship building trade mission.

"Hosting international trade delegations is instrumental to expanding our footprint in overseas markets," says NDSC CEO Diana Beitelspacher. "They also provide the ideal opportunity to explore ways of creating and expanding demands for US and North Dakota soy overseas," she adds.

"It was a great hands-on day for our Crop Sampling group as they were able to see North Dakota soybean harvest in action and even ride in the combines with our farmers," says NDSC Director of Marketing Stephanie Sinner.

"This delegation represented our largest customers for North Dakota soybeans, so it is very important for them to meet our farmers and see the soybean production. It helps them understand how our farming practices work and how these practices enable our North Dakota soybean farmers to continue to be a trusted supplier of high quality soybeans to each of these markets, year in and year out," says Sinner.

The purpose of the delegation's visit was to build relationships between North Dakota soybean producers and international customers; to educate them about the quality of soybeans grown in North Dakota; and allow them to take samples of North Dakota soybeans to test moisture, protein, oil and essential amino acids.

These samples allow the major feed and food buyers for these countries to see exactly what they are buying; an abundant, secure, safe, clean and quality product for their families, companies and fellow consumers.

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.

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