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Deron Erickson, a farm business management educator with Ridgewater College, traveled to China to help promote Minnesota soybeans and learn about Chinese agriculture with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Chinese customers are “very interested” in U.S. agriculture, said Erickson.

Educator helps promote Minnesota soybeans in China

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MORRIS – The next time you drive past a soybean field, take a guess at where those beans will end up.

Some will go to Mexico, others across the Atlantic to members of the European Union and the Pacific to countries like Japan, Indonesia and Taiwan. But the single largest customer for soybeans is China, purchasing about 25 percent of the soybeans grown in the United States.


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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.