Indiana Soybean Leaders Develop Relationships in Taiwan

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Soybean Leaders Develop Relationships in Taiwan Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Nov 19, 2019 SHARE Photo Courtesy Indiana Soybean Alliance Indiana agriculture representatives were in Taipei last week to celebrate 50 years of US soybeans in the Taiwanese market.State Dept. of Ag Director Bruce Kettler and new Indiana Corn and Soy CEO Courtney Kingery were joined by Indiana Soybean Alliance board members Nancy Cline and Jim Douglas for the trip.Cline, a farmer from Kirklin, says this was a great opportunity to meet their customers and build relationships.“They were interested in hearing about the ways that we tend our land, how we take care of our land, that we want to produce the best product possible for them. We were also able to ascertain what needs they have for their food products as well as their animal feed, and we started to get a handle on what they really need from us.”Douglas, from Flat Rock in Shelby County, agreed. He likened it to how farmers do business in Indiana- you don’t do much business with people you don’t really know.“It’s the same way with international customers. They want to come to Indiana, get out on the farm and see the operations, and see the crop growing. They want you to visit their country to see what they’re doing with the product… it’s a relationship that just takes years of trust and continuing trade to establish that. It is so important to make that happen.”The delegation made a trip to TTET Union Corporation, the largest soybean crusher in Taiwan. Douglas said they expressed how much they rely on the US being dependable and providing high-quality soybeans.“They can’t run their factories without product, and they’ve found the U. S. to be a reliable supporter and have leaned in to where we’re supplying 86 percent of the country’s needs at this point.”The trip was also made in conjunction with the U.S. Soy Buyers Outlook Conference held last week in Taipei. Photo Courtesy Indiana Soybean Alliance Photo Courtesy Indiana Soybean Alliance Indiana Soybean Leaders Develop Relationships in Taiwan 1 of 6 Indiana Soybean Leaders Develop Relationships in Taiwan Facebook Twitter SHARE Photo Courtesy Indiana Soybean Alliance Photo Courtesy Indiana Soybean Alliance Photo Courtesy Indiana Soybean Alliance Previous articleIndiana Farm Bureau Leaders Discuss 2020 Priorities at StatehouseNext articleIndiana Farmers Visit Taiwan and Suderman Talks Crop Reports with NASS Director Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

McIlroy ‘feeling more positive’

first_img McIlroy missed the cut in the Open Championship at Muirfield, delivering a withering assessment of his performance after an opening round of 79 that was followed by a 75 to finish 12 over par. The 24-year-old Northern Irishman won five times last year, including his second major by eight shots in the US PGA Championship, to finish top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic. But he has yet to record a win in 2013 since a controversial multi-million pound switch to Nike in January, also damaging his reputation by walking off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic and bending one of his new clubs out of shape during the final round of the US Open. Down to third in the world, McIlroy hopes some relaxed rounds of golf at home with friends and advice from putting coach Dave Stockton can kickstart his season at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron – just as it did 12 months ago. “I was sitting up here this time last year not feeling as if my game was in great shape,” McIlroy told a pre-tournament press conference. “I’m sitting up here this year a lot more positive and that’s a great sign. “It’s a course (Firestone Country Club) I feel I can do well on and if something similar can happen to last year when I was fifth, that would set up for the last major of the season and a great end of the year. “It’s been up and down (since the same time last year). I’ve had some great weeks and wins and had some very average ones as well. It’s like everything, you are going to have ups and downs. My highs have been incredibly high and my lows have been pretty low so it’s about trying to make it more on an even keel.” McIlroy spent four days in Monaco last week and the weekend in Northern Ireland, where he was seven under par for the last seven holes of one of those rounds with friends. “It’s nice to just go out and play for the sake of playing, not because you have to,” he said. “It makes you realise why you play the game, why you started because you love the game. “When you were younger you would do anything you could to get out on the golf course. It’s great to just play with friends you have grown up with, it brings you back and makes you realise why you play this game.” Two weeks after describing his own golf as “brain dead”, Rory McIlroy on Wednesday admitted he needed to be less emotionally involved in his game. Stockton has also reiterated his advice to McIlroy that he needs to smile more and have better body language on the course, even when things are not going well. “I’ve always said it’s easier to smile when you are making birdies, but the thing he said last year that I am trying to do again is that if someone is watching you from the outside, don’t let them know whether you have made a birdie or a bogey,” said McIlroy, who will play the first two rounds at Firestone with Canadian Open winner Brandt Snedeker. “I’ve become a little too emotionally involved with my golf over the past few months and let it either get me excited or down where I should not get too high or too low.” US Open champion Justin Rose and Open winner Phil Mickelson have been paired together, while Tiger Woods is alongside Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who finished sixth at Muirfield despite a one-shot penalty for slow play during the third round. Press Associationlast_img read more