A U.S. trade delegation traveled to the Philippines last week to build stronger ties and economic partnerships between the two countries. A handful of agricultural industry representatives from Minnesota were on the trade mission, including Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Vice President Darin Johnson. Johnson says there’s potential to expand soybean exports in the Philippines. “Right now, they’re at 2.2 million metric tons of soybean meal from the United States and they buy around 130 million tons of soybeans. The Philippines is trying to rebuild hog herds following African swine fever.” Johnson says the Philippines want to increase soybean purchases by the end of the year.
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