A Chinese trade team of pork producers and allied industry representatives was hosted this week by the Bainbridge family at Ethan, South Dakota. Matt Bainbridge, a member of the host family, said that people on the team were treated to a picnic and a farm tour so that the Chinese pork producers, the end users of some of the Bainbridge crop, could see South Dakota soybeans.
“We tried to show them that we do have a high-quality product, and that we’re able to ship it to China faster than they can from South America,” said Bainbridge, during an interview with Brownfield Ag News, “and that we are producing a quality product.”
The Chinese team is on a 10-day Midwest study tour sponsored by the US Soybean Export Council (USSEC). The group was at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines last week and is visiting swine operations in Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota.
Close to 30 percent of South Dakota’s soybean crop goes to China.