* This interview was conducted ahead of the Cultivate Conference which took place on July 15, 2021.
Robert (Bob) Sinner has spent his entire life in North Dakota. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in Agriculture Economics, Bob joined the family farming operation. Before SB&B actively pursued an expansion into international business, Bob served on the Executive Committee of the United Soybean Board and Chairman of the International Promotion Committee. In 1989, the Company expanded by creating an international business to supply food quality soybeans and later other food grade commodities directly to food manufacturers globally. Bob serves as President of both SB&B Foods, LLC, the Company marketing entity and Identity Ag Processing, the state-of-the-art processing company with two locations. In 2007, SB&B Foods, Inc. was recognized and awarded the North Dakota Exporter of the Yea awardr. In 2009, SB&B Companies were also presented with the North Dakota Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Bob currently serves as President of SSGA (Specialty Soya & Grains Alliance), a national association of identity-preserved agriculture food ingredient suppliers and was recently appointed by U.S. Ag Secretary, Sonny Perdue to serve on the Federal Grain Inspection Advisory Committee. He has been, and remains, active in a variety of civic, state, regional and national organizations, including the North Dakota Trade Office Board of Directors and the National Agriculture Transportation Coalition Advisory Board. His three sons are involved in the company business.
Sinner will be a keynote speaker at the event.
What will you be presenting on at Cultivate?
Why is your message applicable to growers?
My message offers growers the opportunity to capture increased value for production and a chance to get closer to the food chain.
If there’s one thing you’d like to say to growers that you won’t in your presentation, what would it be?
You should consider value-added opportunities for your farm operation.
Why participate in the Cultivate conference?
Cultivate offers the chance to learn about new and exciting opportunities for farmers to be involved in.
What most excites you about the ag space right now?
The new and advancing technology in precision agriculture and the trends toward increased transparency and direct opportunities with both the food manufacturer and the consumer.
How can tech and farmers better work together?
Engage with farmers, listen to farmers and make farmers part of the solution.
Anything else we should know or that you would like to say?
Food Companies are asking for and want/need to work more directly with farmers.