Seventeen soybean producers learned about agricultural practices in states other than their own by participating in ASA's 2001 Regional Exchange and Awareness Program (REAP) Tours. REAP, sponsored by Bayer Corporation, helps producer-leaders understand the agricultural differences between states so they can better represent the needs of all soybean producers. This year, the Illinois, Nebraska, and South Carolina Soybean Associations hosted growers from other regions.

The Illinois tour included visits to the University of Chicago's Argonne Laboratory, the Chicago Board of Trade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Lab in Peoria, and the National Soybean Research Center at the University of Illinois. Participants were: Dave Poppens (SD), Jim Miller (NE), George Royer (KS), Randy Lipska (OK), John Cooper (AR) and Tim Mershon (MO).

The Nebraska tour included visits to AGP headquarters in Omaha, Union Pacific Railroad Dispatching Center, Arbor Day Farm & Lied Conference Center, the University of Nebraska's Ag Research and Development Center, Sand Livestock Systems, and United Farmers Cooperative. Participants were: John Janes (LA), Claude Carter (MS), Buddy Rivers (SC), James Fletcher (NC), Wayne Bray (VA), Randy Mann (KY) and David Nichols (TN).

South Carolina's tour highlights included visits to Edwin Dargin's tobacco, cotton and grain farm, Mullins Tobacco Warehouse, Pioneer Field Days, and Edisto Research and Education Facility. Participants were: Earl Williams (IL), Ron Weisenberger (MI), Ron Jacobsen (MN) and Jeff Leinen (ND).

The American Soybean Association is a national commodity organization with 28,500 members and affiliation with 29 states. For membership details, call 1-800-688-7692.
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