The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) and Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA) hosted eight participants from China, India, Myanmar, South Korea and Thailand for the Food Grade Soybean Procurement Management For Importers course.
The five-day course ran from October 8th through 12th, during which participants heard from various speakers, watched demonstrations and visited soybean suppliers.
Bob Sinner, partner of SB&B Foods Inc., says the course did a great job at educating potential buyers on the local soybean market. “Our intent is to better educate potential customers,” Sinner said, “and having an educated buyer is crucial for growth.”
The course educated participants on risk management in procurement, the current state of the U.S. soybean market and U.S. soybean production and logistics. Participants also had the opportunity to speak with local food grade soybean growers and exporters to discuss questions and concerns about the industry in the U.S. At the conclusion of the course, participants graciously presented information about their own industries in their home countries.
Participants praised the course for its effort to increase knowledge of U.S. soy. Participant Rajeev Sharma was very happy with his experience. “We learned a lot and will try to come again to gain more knowledge,” Sharma said. “Thanks NCI for providing us the best facilities to learn lot of stuff regarding US soybeans.”
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Photos from Food Grade Soybean Procurement Management For Importers course: