Twenty-one soybean buyers from seven Southeast Asian nations are at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) this week to attend the Soybean Procurement Management for Importers short course. Participants from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will learn more about contracting and purchasing U.S. soybeans. This course is a cooperative effort with the SD, ND, and MN Soybean Councils and the U.S. Soybean Export Council, the export arm of the American Soybean Association. William Wilson, Ph.D., NDSU Distinguished Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, is the lead instructor for the course. Much of the course will take place in the electronic Commodity Trading Room, a new addition to NDSU Barry Hall. While in North Dakota, the group will tour a country elevator and an area soybean farm. Mark Weber, NCI Director, will accompany the group to Portland, OR, where they visit the Federal Grain Inspection Service’s Portland office; and tour export grain terminals at the Port of Longview and the Port of Grays Harbor.