KS Soybean Update with John Heisdorffer

(Greg Akagi) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. John Heisdorffer is joining us. He serves as one of the directors on the US Soybean Export Council. John, for those who may not know what USEC is all about, how do they fit within the soy family? (John Heisdorffer) We’re in over 70 different countries, and we make a preference for US soybeans in those countries, because there’s always other countries trying to sell, China, Vietnam, those different countries, but we talk to our customers and make a preference. We do not sell; we make a preference for US soybeans. (Greg) And you made some pretty good inroads in speaking with some of these customers that are out there too. (John) That’s exactly right. Anytime we can have China buying one out of every four rows of soybeans produced in the United States, that’s a pretty good trade deal. (Greg) Are US soybeans valued and wanted out with those customers? (John) Yes, we hear that all the time. Of course, everybody wants to go on price, but when it comes down to the bottom line, quality is the big thing, and US soybeans have that quality that they want. (Greg) How important is it to have states like Kansas be supportive and really be a big partner with USEC? (John) Kansas, and my home state of Iowa, and all the different states, help fund projects at USEC. Kansas farmers have been on USEC travel to these foreign countries and helped us promote our soybeans. (Greg) Like you say, you don’t buy but you have preferences of and the ability to open up new markets would be important to USEC’s overall operations as well. (John) Yes, we’re working in different countries. Now, India looks like it’s probably going to be a huge importer in the next few years, or next five years. We need to start working that market now, because we never know what’s going to happen, Chinese, we could lose that part of market or something. We’re good. (Greg) But especially like China, by the way India has over a billion people in their population. (John) Yes, exactly. You’ve heard the numbers, over 9 billion people by 2050. If that’s true, there’s a lot of people going to have to eat, and they need protein, and we have the source. (Greg) John, I appreciate it. Thank you for joining us. (John) Thank you very much. (Greg) That is John Heisdorffer, who serves as a director on the US Soybean Export Council. He joins us on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.

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