Soybean Update

(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the
Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered By
Kansas Farmers. Dan Bigham, a farmer from Grantville, Kansas, is joining
us and Dan, you’re a part of the Emerging Leaders Academy and for those
who may not be familiar with ELA, what is this all about? (Dan) What they
try to do is take young producers from around the state, try and get them
involved in some programs around the state that the Soybean Association
and Commission’s involved in. The first part of the deal is you just kind
of explain what the Soybean Checkoff’s about and the association and
their different responsibilities, what each corporation is doing with
your checkoff money and that sort of thing. We have leadership training
as well as part of the Phase One. We go over some leadership aspects and
then if you so choose to get involved in the Kansas Soybean Association
or any other agriculture advocacy organization is how you can get
involved and you might help out your community that way. (Greg) And
recently Phase Two was complete of the Emerging Leaders Academy. (Dan)
That’s correct. (Greg) What did that entail? (Dan) We traveled around the
state and went to different things that used soybeans. As a producer you
just focus on growing the soybeans. Phase Two kind of showed us some
different ways that soybeans are used and seeing the manufacturing and
processes of that. We went to a hog farm up north of Manhattan and toured
IGP in Manhattan and also the feed mill and the flour mill in Manhattan
and then we went out west to Great Plains in Salina, toured that facility
and then we also toured a biodiesel plant in Minneola, Kansas. Then on
the way home we toured CHS in Hutchinson and had a few other stops. And
overall it was really good tour. (Greg) Now this is a three-part outreach
program that will take place so, it sounds like you still have one more
phase to go. (Dan) Yes the Third Phase, they’re going to have us travel
to some sort of meeting, usually in the winter, of our choosing, where
the Commission and Association are involved in, whether it be the
Commodity Classic or the United Soybeans Board Meeting, the National
Biodiesel meeting, another one is a Bioheat Conference. A lot of neat
opportunities to kind of extend them, how it’s all tied together. (Greg)
Has it been pretty exciting so far to be a part of this? (Dan) Yea and
it’s good to network with some other young producers around the state as
well. Some I knew, some I didn’t. And it was nice to make new friends
that way and then have other people to talk to about what you do. And
Phase Two was really neat. We actually got to sit in with some Latin
American and Asian buyers of soybeans and then they had a lot of
questions for us that we were able to translate and they translate back
and it was really neat to kind of talk as far as soybeans and soybean
trade. (Greg) That is Dan Bigham, a farmer from Grantville, Kansas. He is
a part of the Emerging Leaders Academy. That’s in association with the
Kansas Soybeans and the Turnkey Leadership Group on the latest edition of
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 For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.

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