USB – Bob Haselwood Soybean Checkoff

(Bob) I’m Bob Haselwood, a soybean producer. I live near Berryton, Kansas. And I also serve as vice chairman of the United Soybean Board. First few days of July, I was fortunate to attend a meeting of the International Oilseed Producers Dialogue. And this meeting has been going on for about 17 years, I think this was the 17th year. It involves oilseed producers from France, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Australia also. There was the chairman of the United Soybean Board that was involved in this. Of course me as vice chairman was involved. We had the president and vice president of the American Soybean Association were at these meetings. And we also had a representative from the U.S. Soybean Export Council was there. The purpose of this dialogue was to get the oilseed producers from across the world to discuss issues that we have in common, where we could find ways that we could work collaboratively to help better improve the outcome for all oilseed producers across the world. As a Kansas producer I feel these meetings are important because we are able to look at problems that we all face together. You know, whether that is acceptance of bio-technology, trade incidences, some of our crops in different markets. We are looking for ways that we can help improve the acceptance of these crops in different countries. And anything that we can do together might ease the access of Kansas soybeans to these markets. You know as far as information I gained at those meetings, to apply individually to this farm, but as a director on the United Soybean Board there are things that we have to do, we do to improve the profitability of all U.S. soybean farmers. And I think this is just one of the things that we need to be doing is to engage in these dialogues to help work on things, problems that will benefit all soybean producers regardless of the country and you know, so many times we look upon other producers from different nations as possibly competitors to what we do. When you look at some of the producers from across the world and you think that they they’ve got it better, they have it better, they’ve got some competitive advantage on the U.S. farmers and you think that, then you look at some of the other problems and you begin to wonder, we’ve all got out advantages to where we produce soybeans and we also have our disadvantages. And I always looked at it as if we benefitted any soybean producer, we are helping each individual producer. We’ve got to watch what we do so can stay competitive. I think we’ve got a pretty good start on everything right here.

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