Lin Tan

DTN China Correspondent
Lin Tan
Tan Lin, DTN's Beijing correspondent, was born and raised in a farming village in central China's Shanxi Province. (Tan is his family name, which comes first in Chinese.)

Lin has a master's in agronomy from China Agricultural University (CAU) and in food and resource economics from the University of British Columbia. He is writing a doctoral thesis at Beijing Forestry University comparing soybean-industry economics in the U.S. and Brazil. Lin spent nine years teaching and conducting research at CAU and has worked for consulting companies in Beijing and Shanghai and on food and agricultural-research projects for multinational companies and international organizations.

He currently works on international strategy for China Food and Agriculture Services, a soybean-crushing company. Before DTN, Lin was Senior Correspondent of Singapore-based Asian Agribusiness Publication Ltd., writing on China's poultry and livestock industries.

He is a member of the Chinese Association of Agricultural Economists and American Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Soybean planting is getting close to wrapping up in Mato Grosso, the largest crop production state in Brazil. This field of more than 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) took more than a week to plant. (DTN photo by Lin Tan)

    Brazil Planting Update

    Soybean planting progress in Mato Grosso, Brazil, is about 87%, a little behind last year's 90%, but better than five-year average of 83%. There will be good chances for catching up next week.

  • Lewis Barnbridge (wearing ballcap) showed cover crops and explained sustainable farming to a group of Chinese traders who visited his farm in South Dakota. (DTN photo by Lin Tan)

    Chinese Traders Tour US Crops

    A team of Chinese traders, representing eight large soybean importing companies, checked U.S. soybean yields and quality recently to learn more about and support their purchase of new crop soybeans.

  • Brazilian farmers are planting soybeans on the dusty land before rain is forecast to arrive. (Photo courtesy of Ricardo Arioli Silva)

    Planting Delayed in Brazil

    Brazil's farmers want to expand their soybean acreage, but more rain is needed. Planting has been delayed, or some crops already in the ground may need to be replanted if rain doesn't come soon.

  • Soybean meal shipping out of a crushing plant in China. (DTN photo by Lin Tan)

    More Soy Needed for China

    China plans to increase its imports of soybeans, reaching 110 million metric tons by 2022. The U.S. is optimistic of exporting more soybeans to China to help meet the country's growing demand.