Northern Crops Institute is in its 40th year informing and educating buyers about the crops grown in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. “Whether that is how good of tofu or soy milk that it makes, there’s a lot of end-use quality variability in the varieties of soybeans,” said Mark Jirik, who is NCI’s director. “We make sure the buyers know that and what we can supply from our region.” Jirik says agriculture is still a relationship business. That has been done virtually in the past year-and-a-half, but in-person events are a hallmark of NCI’s work. “Being able to have buyers come out to the field, talk to the farmers and form those relationships with growers from this region, that’s what we’ve done for 40 years.”
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