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Published March 27, 2010, 12:00 AM

United Soybean Board seeks soybean farmers for See for Yourself program

ST. LOUIS — The United Soybean Board and soybean check-off invite U.S. soybean farmers to apply for the third annual See for Yourself program.

By: Tribune News, West Central Tribune

ST. LOUIS — The United Soybean Board and soybean check-off invite U.S. soybean farmers to apply for the third annual See for Yourself program.

The program follows an itinerary that enables farmers to visit several facilities that represent end users of U.S. soy. This educational expedition gives U.S. soybean farmers a firsthand look at the results of their check-off investment. In between stops, farmers get an excellent opportunity to interact with United Soybean Board leadership, ask questions and provide comments about the check-off.

“Last year, we received great feedback from the soybean farmers who took the trip about how they had no idea the check-off was involved in so many areas,” said Karen Fear, a soybean farmer from Montpelier, Ind., who participated last year. “Then they come back and they talk to their friends and neighbors about how (the United Soybean Board) uses their check-off investment to increase profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers.”

The board is looking for 10 U.S. soybean farmers who have little to no hands-on experience with soybean check-off programs to participate in this year’s program from July 26 to 31. Interested farmers must fill out an application at www.unitedsoybean.org and submit it by April 1. The board will also invite a limited number of media members to cover the program.

Beginning in St. Louis, participants will hear from the United Soybean Board chairman, CEO and executive director, as well as from representatives of every program area and about how check-off funding is invested with the goal of increasing demand for U.S. soy. Then the group will travel to Mexico, a major importer of U.S. soy.

While on the trip, participants will visit several end users of their products, including a livestock operation, an organization that fuels its vehicle fleet or equipment with soy biodiesel, an aquaculture farm that uses soybean meal, a research facility where scientists work on the next big idea in soy-based products, a representative of the food industry that uses U.S. soy in human food and a soybean oil refinery.

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