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Chinese delegation visits New Vision Cooperative at Brewster

June 21, 2013

By Norma Dittman, Free Press staff writer
A large delegation of Chinese swine technology specialists visited New Vision Cooperative in Brewster on Friday afternoon. They toured the feed mill as well as the fertilizer plant located along Minnesota State Highway 60 just west of Brewster.

During the tour at the feed mill, Keith Newman, New Vision Coop Grain Division Manager, answered many questions from the Chinese delegation regarding New Vision Cooperative and its part in Minnesota soybean and soybean-based product production.

Following the tour at the Brewster facility, the group went to the Bill and Dawn Gordon farm located on Palm Avenue, Worthington, MN.

At the farm, the delegation was greeted by a number of neighboring farmers, as well as the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council Chair, Paul Simonsen, Worthington Mayor Al Oberloh, the President of Minnesota West Richard Schrubb and Senator Bill Weber along with the Gordon family. “The delegation members had time to have a conversation with the farmers and guests who were at the Gordon Farm, and contact information was exchanged,” Sam Ziegler, Director of Marketing Programs with Minnesota Soybean explained. “The delegation has been on the road from the World Pork Expo to SDSU for some training courses and then spent a couple days in Minnesota. This is a very important market for Minnesota soybeans as 1 out of 4 rows of soybeans are purchased by customers in China.”

The goal of the members of the Chinese delegation was to learn more about soybean production and technology, and about the high quality soybean-based products raised and made in the state of Minnesota. The information garnered included discussions about seed, fertilizer and soybean storage. Many questions were asked about the machinery that is used at the feed mill and the fertilizer plant. At the Gordon farm, there was discussion regarding farm machinery and farming technologies that are being used today.

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and South Dakota State University are making an effort to connect international food industry leaders with Minnesota soybean farmers.

During 2010, Minnesota exported $2.2 billion in soybeans and soybean products. Many international customers agree that soybeans grown n the United States are superior in quality, freshness and handling, according to the Minnesota Soybean Council.

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