Soybean Farming News

  • ASA Now Seeking Nominations for Annual Soy Recognition Awards

    The American Soybean Association (ASA) wants to recognize exceptional soy volunteers and leaders—and we need your help. During ASA’s annual awards banquet, individuals will be recognized and honored for state association volunteerism, distinguished leadership achievements and long-term, significant contributions to the soybean industry. The nomination period is open through Oct. 15, ...

  • Creating Better Soybeans

    In rows of petri dishes, soybean roots bathe in fluorescent light, an unremarkable site unless you work in the laboratory where they grow. The simplicity of the setup belies the complexity of the research that went into creating the roots. For decades, the genes of the seeds that produced these roots have been tinkered with to create a plant that resists a common and highly destructive soybean ...


    By Ohio State University

  • ASA to Review Bayer/Monsanto Acquisition for Impacts on Soybean Farmers

    The American Soybean Association (ASA) responded to an announcement today from Bayer and Monsanto that the two companies have signed an acquisition agreement under which Bayer will purchase Monsanto. In a statement, ASA President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del., noted that the association will first and foremost evaluate the acquisition with respect to its impact on soybean ...

  • USSEC Speaks Science & Sustainability to Support Soy Food Consumption in Taiwan

    USSEC is raising the voice of science and sustainability in U.S. soybean trade to Taiwan while offering consumers the choice of both genetically modified organism (GMO) and non-GMO U.S. soybeans. In 2014/2015, the United States ranked #1 with $669 million in total soybean sales to the island nation that depends on imports. Yet, consumer and political challenges to biotechnology confront U.S. ...

  • FAO food price index drops in December

    Prices of major food commodities declined for the fourth year in a row in 2015, averaging 19.1 percent below their previous-year's levels, as the dwindling global economy also triggered sharp price falls from metals to energy markets. FAO's Food Price Index averaged 164.1 points over 2015 and ended the year even lower, at ...

  • Ohio’s 2015 Soybean Crop Performance Trials Reveal Higher than Expected Yields

    Despite the heavy rains that hit the region early during the growing season this year, soybeans in the majority of test plots planted by researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University still managed to beat expectations. In fact, in four of the six test sites for the 2015 Ohio Soybean Performance Test, soybeans averaged over 70 bushels ...


    By Ohio State University

  • 17 Farmer-Leaders Appointed to United Soybean Board

    After being appointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 17 farmer-leaders from across the country will be sworn in as directors of the United Soybean Board (USB) at its upcoming annual meeting. The 17 soybean farmers will include five new appointees and 12 returning directors. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture also recently announced that USB will increase its number of ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Chinese Delegation from Shandong visits Pieralisi Group

    The Chinese Delegation from Shandong province visited the headquarters of Pieralisi Group last Thursday, September 17. The delegation composed of the Vice Secretary of the Shandong Communist Party and different officers of the province, first attended the opening week of Shandong in China Pavilion at the Expo in Milan then headed for the headquarters of Pieralisi Group in Jesi. ...


    By Pieralisi Group

  • Bayer CropScience and Round Table on Responsible Soy join forces to promote certification of soy in Brazil

    Bayer CropScience and the civil organization Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) are uniting to help soy producers certify their crops according to RTRS standards. A non-exclusive agreement between Bayer CropScience and RTRS aims to facilitate the certification of soy production according to the RTRS standard, by stimulating use of Bayer’s Valore program. RTRS Certification assures that ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • High Oleic Soybeans Introduced for 2016 Planting in Iowa

    Iowa farmers will have an additional profit opportunity in 2016 when high oleic soybeans become available for planting in the state for the first time. “This is different for Iowans, since we’re usually first to get a new soybean trait,” says Delbert Christensen, a soybean farmer from Audubon, Iowa and farmer-leader with the United Soybean Board. “These varieties have been ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • National Soy Checkoff Targets Soybean Innovation for Farmer Profit Opportunities

    Maximizing the profit potential of every U.S. soybean farmer means seeing beyond today; it means driving soybean innovation in products and services to meet customers’ needs tomorrow. That’s why the farmer-leaders of the national soy checkoff made driving innovation the center of their new, groundbreaking 5-year strategic plan, which will guide all national soy checkoff investments ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Big Fish in the Pond – From U.S. Soybean Fields to Global Aquaculture

    You’ve heard the predictions – the world’s population is supposed to climb to a staggering 9 billion people by the year 2050, increasing the pressure on the 2 percent of Americans who farm today to produce food, feed, fiber and fuel. You’ve also heard about many of the efforts your soy checkoff makes to support U.S. soybean farmers in meeting this demand. But did you know ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Soybean farmers prepared for phase out of partially hydrogenated oils

    Trans fats have been an active part of the soy industry’s vernacular for decades. And, for the past decade, the industry – including the farmers who grow soybeans – have been working on solutions to meet food-customer needs for a stable oil without partial hydrogenation, which causes trans fats. The FDA’s recent announcement to phase out partially hydrogenated vegetable ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Checkoff Hopes New Test Gives Farmers Access to More Bridges

    There are a lot of factors in agriculture that farmers can’t control. So when a farmer has conquered countless unpredictable scenarios — drought, flood, snow, hail — it only becomes that much more frustrating and expensive when he or she travels to the local grain elevator and comes to an unpassable bridge. A new soy-checkoff-funded study on rural bridges found that ...

  • Global Soybean Stakeholders Monetize Biotech-Approval Delays

    A new white paper shows that a three-year postponement in global approval of biotech-enhanced soybean traits any time in the next 10 years would cost farmers and consumers a total of nearly $19 billion, compared with typical approval timelines. This new research was released during a recent International Soybean Growers Alliance (ISGA) mission. Farmer-leaders from the United States, Argentina, ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Soy Checkoff Positions U.S. Soy Industry as Global Leader

    When farmer-leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) wrote the organization’s current long-range strategic plan, they included their vision that U.S. soybeans will be the leader of the global oilseed industry. This summer, USB will join the American Soybean Association and the U.S. Soybean Export Council in leading the global oilseed industry during the 18th International Oilseed Producers ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Checkoff Helps Commercialize 33 New Soy-Based Products

    What does foam that keeps floors from squeaking have in common with NASCAR racing tires? Both contain soybean oil. Both are on the list of 33 new products commercialized in 2014 with soy checkoff support. And both are driving demand for U.S. soybeans. All together, more than 800 soy-based products have been developed with checkoff support ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • See For Yourself – To Soybeans and Beyond

    Many soybeans have been delivered to the elevator, but where will they go next? The soy checkoff invites farmers to find the answer to this question and learn about the impact that U.S. soy’s biggest customers make on farmers’ bottom lines during this year’s See for Yourself program. From now until April 4, all U.S. soybean farmers over the age of 18 can apply for the United ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • New Chairman Elected to Keep Moving Checkoff Forward

    Bob Haselwood, soybean farmer from Berryton, Kansas, has been elected by his fellow United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-directors to lead the board in investing soy checkoff funds for the next year. In addition to the support from the other 69 farmer leaders, Haselwood also has the input from the recently held 2014 CONNECTIONS meeting to help guide him. “Having the feedback from the ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • The Netherlands doesn’t succeed in reaching target for responsable soy

    The Dutch Soy Coalition (formed by eight development and environmental organisations*) finds that in 2013, only a quarter of the 2.4 metric tons of soy used in the Netherlands is responsibly produced. The social or environmental consequences of the production of the other three quarters of the imported soy, are not at all clear or accounted for. The target of the Netherlands is to purchase 100 ...


    By Wetlands International

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