ISA president on the importance of trade missions

In this, the fourth in our series of Brownfield Network news reports with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) trade mission in southern China, ISA president Tom Oswald talks about the importance of trade missions such as this. AUDIO: Brownfield Network news report from China

Agriculture in southern China

On Friday, the Iowa Soybean Association trade mission headed southeast, traveling from Yichang to Nanchang by high-speed train at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. Traveling through the countryside, we saw many different kinds of crops being produced. A lot of rapeseed (canola), also rice, wheat and vegetables. Most of the crops are grown… Read more »

Riding the storm out

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The financial outlook for crop producers over the next several months is not looking very bright at the present time. And many ag lenders have been working with their farmer-customers this winter to put them in a better position to withstand the latest downturn in the ag economy. Bob Campbell, a senior vice president with Omaha-based Farm Credit Services of… Read more »

Gaining perspective

One of the participants in this week’s Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) trade mission to China is Tom Oswald.  Oswald farms near Cleghorn in northwest Iowa and is the president of the ISA.  This is his third trade mission to China and Oswald says that each time he gains a little more perspective on the challenges faced… Read more »

Yangtze plays important role in soybean export picture

Participants in this week’s Iowa Soybean Association trade mission to China are getting an up-close look at the Yangtze River. The Yangtze, which is 3,900 miles long, is the longest river in China and the third longest in the world next to the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. It is, however, the… Read more »

Will China’s soybean demand continue to grow?

Leaders of the Iowa Soybean Association who are in China this week are asking the question: Will China’s demand for U.S. soybeans continue to grow? Here is the third in our series of Brownfield Network news reports from China, featuring comments from ISA market development director Grant Kimberley. AUDIO: Grant Kimberley  

A visit to China’s largest city, Chongqing

When you think of large cities in China, Shangai and Beijing usually come to mind.  But the largest city in China is actually Chongqing with a population of 32 million people.  That’s just a few million shy of the entire population of California. During our visit to Chongqing with the Iowa Soybean Association trade mission,… Read more »

Evaluating China’s current and future demand for soybeans

    Will Chinese meat consumption continue to grow? And, if so, will China’s livestock industry and demand for U.S. soybeans grow with it? Those questions were a big part of the discussion as Iowa Soybean Association leaders met with officials of two of China’s largest feed manufacturers, Tongwei and New Hope*. The issue of… Read more »

The politics of trading with China

China is far and away the number one customer for U.S. soybeans. It is obviously a very important trading partner for the U.S. But it is not without its ups and downs, as politics can get in the way. Here is the second in our series of Brownfield Network news reports from the Iowa Soybean Association trade mission to China, featuring comments… Read more »

Chengdu is China’s fourth largest city

The first two days of the Iowa Soybean Association trade mission were spent in and around Chengdu, China. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province in southwestern China. Exact population numbers are hard to find, but according to the ChinaHighlights.com website, there are nearly seven million people in the main metro area with another seven… Read more »