Foreign soybean buyers visit Indiana for Soy Masters Program

Foreign soybean buyers have been getting a firsthand look at the U.S. soybean industry through the Soybean Oil Masters Program. 

Will McNair, Worldwide Director of Oil and Soy Food Programs, with the U.S. Soybean Export Council says it is an opportunity to teach about the industry.

“Teaching people everything from where the beans are produced to how the soybean oil is produced in that country or how it crushed and refined to make the products they use to the nutritional and actual end uses, including how it’s used in different marketplaces,” he said.

He tells Brownfield for most of the attendees, it is their first time visiting the U.S.

“This is a really a great cross-cultural activity for them to help strengthen the relationships we have at these various markets as well as important people in in these countries,” he said.

McNair says the partnership with the Indiana Soybean Alliance is integral to the program’s success.

“Helping to fund much of the program in various parts of the world, being able to provide on the ground support here, being able to help us arrange visits,” he said.

Participants in the program come from various countries, and will visit different centers around Indiana to learn more about the U.S. soybean industry.

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