Taiwan Trade Team Visits U.S.

By - Monday, June 26, 2017

USSEC, in cooperation with the United Soybean Board (USB) and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), recently hosted a trade team from Taiwan in order to promote the U.S. Soy Advantage.

A team of 7 members promoting U.S. soybean advantages from Taiwan visited the U.S. June 4 – 10. The team was comprised of major soyfood processors and wholesalers of U.S. soybeans and was escorted by USSEC Country Director – Taiwan, Julian Lin. The delegation visited the Illinois Soybean Association and farmers, loading facilities, Monsanto, and USSEC’s St. Louis headquarters.

The purpose of this visit was to maintain or expand the demand for U.S. soybeans used in the Taiwan food sector and keep the target audience of soyfood processors as frequent purchasers of U.S. Soy. This visit provided U.S. Soy with an opportunity to show the visitors the intrinsic and extrinsic value of the U.S. Soy value chain and the value of U.S. soybeans.

The team began its itinerary by visiting USSEC member CHS in Morris, Illinois, followed by lunch with ISA staff and farmers and a farm visit in Mazon, Illinois.

The following day consisted of a visit to Scoular, another USSEC member and a visit to ISA’s headquarters. The third day included a farm visit, followed by a visit to the USSEC offices. On the team’s last day, they toured Monsanto in a desire to learn more about biotechnology in soy.

One team member said, “I produced the dried tofu by using whole soybeans from U.S. more than 20 years. This is the first time I see the whole soybean plants with my eyes. It makes the connection between here and my home. Thanks for farmers’ hard works, then I have good quality of raw materials in order to produce good dried tofu to our customers. “