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  • 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)

  • 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)

  • U.S. Soybean Farmers Witness Direct Impact of Soy Checkoff’s Efforts

    Ten U.S. soybean farmers participated in the United Soybean Board’s (USB’s) 2014 See for Yourself program to learn about their customers beyond the elevator and the soy checkoff’s role in marketing U.S. soy to those customers. This year, the farmers visited St. Louis, Panama and Ecuador, from Aug. 14-22. A total of 70 farmers have taken advantage of this unique opportunity over ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • U.S. Soybean Farmer Leaders Explore Ghanaian Poultry Value Chain

    The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) organized a fact finding mission to Ghana for grower leaders on the WISHH Committee. Ghana is the  base of Subsaharan market development activities and the AMPLIFIES Ghana project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food for Progress program. E.L. Reed (MO), Levi Huffman ...

  • Camp Tax Proposal Provides Wins, Challenges for Soybean Farmers

    In response to today’s introduction of a comprehensive tax reform proposal from House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), American Soybean Association President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser issued the following statement underscoring the impacts of multiple aspects of the proposed legislation: “The farmers of the American Soybean Association commends Chairman Camp for his ...

  • New Calculator Can Help Soybean Farmers with Seed Decisions

    Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started. U.S.-soy-industry-led board QUALISOY developed a calculator that can help farmers determine how much profit they can ...


    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)

  • 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 ...

  • U.S. Soybean Farmers Improve Protein and Oil Levels in 2013

    U.S. soybean farmers are heavily dependent on demand from international purchasers.  Although global supplies are currently relatively tight, buyers do have a choice of origin for soybeans and soybean products.  Providing marketing support for buyers helps U.S. farmers maintain export partners and expand relationships with new customers. Therefore, soybean farmers have supported a ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Soybean Exports Brewing in Milwaukee

    “Brew City” recently became “Soy City” as more than 270 representatives of major international companies interested in importing U.S. soy came together for the second annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Milwaukee. Areas represented included China, the Middle East, Vietnam and many others. International representatives committed to buy $2.8 billion worth of U.S. soy ...


    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)

  • A Soybean’s Journey: See for Yourself program

    When a farmer unloads soybeans at the elevator after harvest, it may seem like the end of a long journey that was full of hard work and patience. But the elevator is actually just the first stop on a voyage that takes U.S. soybeans to various markets domestically and abroad. For soybean farmers wanting to know more about their customers beyond the elevator, and the soy checkoff’s role in ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Treated Seed and Soybeans Don’t Mix

    After you’re finished planting, you may be tempted to dump your remaining seed in with any soybeans you still have from last year’s harvest. Don’t. “It is illegal in the United States to put treated seed into your soybeans and take them to the elevator. It is unacceptable not only in the United States, but worldwide, as well,” says Dwain Ford, United Soybean Board ...

  • Soybean Farmers Support Farm Bill Conference Report, Urge House and Senate to Vote “Yes”

    The farmers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulated conferees from the House and Senate as the final version of the much-anticipated farm bill was filed with the House clerk tonight and awaits action on the floor as soon as Wednesday. ASA supports the bill, which provides for multiple soybean farmer priorities, most notably a flexible farm safety net that includes a choice between ...

  • Less is more in Soybean row widths

    Soybean production has continued to increase in the Northeast United States with more and more first time growers planting the crop and many experienced growers planting alongside corn crops. To save on time and expenses, some farmers plant soybeans with a corn planter in 30-inch rows instead of 7.5-inch rows with the regularly used grain drill. Dr. William Cox, a Cornell University scientist, ...

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Best Benefit Ever: Benchmarking A Bounty Of Soybeans

    Association Now’s Morgan Little outlines the benefits of the American Soybean Association’s partnership with FarmLink in his article “Best benefit ever: benchmarking a bounty of soybeans.” The story, published on July 29, 2014, explains how FarmLink’s benchmarking service TrueHarvest can help close the $11 billion gap between what soybean and corn farmers harvested ...


    By FarmLink, LLC

  • Soil gives away soybean pathogen’s presence

    New research reveals that soil pH is a useful guide for farmers and agronomists to detect and manage soybean cyst nematode, a devastating soybean pathogen. The investigation uncovered a relationship between high soil pH, which is already outside the ideal growing conditions for soybean, and high populations of cyst nematodes. Scientists from Iowa State University and University of ...

  • Enlist E3 Soybeans Successfully Complete FDA Consultation

    Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and MS Technologies announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its consultation for Enlist E3™ soybeans. The agency has no further questions based on submitted data that concluded Enlist E3 soybeans are not different in composition, safety, and other relevant ...


    By Dow AgroSciences LLC

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