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Sibley soybean grower calls Thailand trade trip a "success"


A Sibley, Iowa farmer is back on Iowa's frozen soil, after a whirlwind trade mission to Thailand.

Brian Kemp, president of the Iowa Soybean Association was part of a three-person delegation that included Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds.

Over three days, they visited a chicken processing plant and a soybean processing plant.

They also held a reception attended by 60 business owners and government officials.

It was an effort to establish a greater relationship between Iowa's agriculture and Thailand's ag producers.

"They told us that domestic soybean production, they produce a few soybeans in Thailand, but that industry is declining in Thailand. That gives us an opportunity to export more U.S. beans into that area of the world," said Kemp.

Kemp said the U.S share of the Thailand meal market have increased by four-percent since the last trade trip in 2012.

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