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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


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 is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune.