It was hot and steamy for the first day of this year's "See for Yourself" tour, sponsored by the United Soybean Board.
Kansas Farmer editor P.J. Griekspoor is traveling with the group to learn more about how U.S. soybeans are used in China and how the soybean checkoff is used to support the effort to market more soybeans and soybean products.
The group's first night after a 15-hour plane ride from Chicago that landed at Pudong International Airport, was spent in Shanghai and included a walk down the Huangpu River walkway, an area where tourists can board for river tours and pedestrians can walk along the river and see the city sights.
Members of the U.S. Soybean Export Council staff in Asia are meeting with the group over the next several days to provide detailed information about places they visit. The agenda for Day 2 of the tour includes a visit to a Chinese aquaculture operation which utilizes U.S. soybeans as fish food and to a feed mill where feed for livestock and fish is made.
The group will leave Shanghai the next day to continue visiting sites in Vietnam before returning to the U.S. on Aug. 8.
A few personal observations on the first evening of the tour can be found on P.J.'s blog.
Please watch this space for more updates on what the group is seeing and learning on the tour.