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• Nearly half of the U.S. soybean crop stays in the U.S., but the remainder heads beyond the borders to customers as varied as the nations that cover the globe: pork producers in China, families in India and Japan, school children in Mexico, goat and sheep farmers in Morocco and poultry farmers in Turkey, not to mention fish farmers in Egypt and shrimpers in Ecuador.
Big demand for soybean meal
This boom means Chinese hog farmers need plenty of soybean meal to feed their animals. China is already U.S. soy’s largest international destination, importing 849 million bushels of whole U.S. soybeans in the last marketing year — far more than any other country in the world. China’s demand for soy is expected to grow over the next marketing year.
When the lunch bell rings in Mexico, hungry children line up for healthy meals, many of which were brought to them from the beans grown in your fields.
For years, Mexican school-feeding programs have used U.S. soy to enrich tortillas with much-needed protein for underprivileged kids. These programs assist more than 6 million children per day in Mexico, and many more in other Latin American countries like Columbia and Peru.
Soy-enriched meals along with a robust animal-ag sector help make Mexico the biggest international buyer of U.S. soy meal and the second-largest importer of whole U.S. soybeans. Last year, the country bought a whopping 3.3 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans, or about 122 million bushels.
In the United States, you can find hamburger joints on every street corner, but in many parts of the world, goat meat is the protein of choice. Morocco is no exception, and many of its 32 million citizens dine on goat stew or sausage.
The country just south of Spain in northwest Africa is home to 17 million sheep and goats, which are used for meat and milk. These animals, along with Morocco’s poultry and cattle, have been feeding on U.S. soybean meal for more than 15 years.