China is more and more becoming a critical piece of U.S. agriculture. As they expand their own agriculture operations, they still need commodities from the United States. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council traveled to China last spring to take in all it had to offer, from farm tours to port tours to local markets.
Driving over one of many bridges in Shanghai. Shanghai is built in a delta region so bridges and canals are very common.
Meeting with East Ocean, a crushing plant and a U.S. customer.
To understand how pork and beef exports get to the end user, the group visited a whole sale market called Shenhong Logistic Company.
Part of the population in China is Buddhist so the group took time in the rain to visit a temple to better understand their culture.
Headed down a typical China highway, going to visit a large integrated pork-producing company.
To feed there robust pork and poultry industry, feed mills are important. This is the Xinnong Feed Mill.
Xinnong Feed Mill group photo
Soy foods are a stable in Chinese meals. Here is a look at the Shanghai Yixing Food Company.
Workers are in the final process of making a soy paper that can be made into many things, including noodles.
One of many highway toll stops in China.
Driving by a sugar cane field, which is a common crop is southern China.
Chinese farmers out in the fields preparing irrigations systems.
The large majority of the feed is shipped in 50-kg. bags and is stacked with manual labor.
Guangzhou Green Oil Company, a soybean crushing plant.
Green Oil from the river port side.
Green Oil unloads all barges/vessels by crane with a clam shell bucket onto a belt that moves the soybeans to the plant.
One tough hay rack hauling 50-kg. bags of soybean meal!
Barges are all self-powered and move products all over the Shanghai and Guangzhou cities through canals.