Supporting Our Biggest Customer
Feeding soybeans to livestock inside South Dakota is still the best way to add value to our crop. The SDSRPC invests checkoff funds to support animal agriculture because animal agriculture stimulates demand for soybeans. The mutually profitable relationship between soybean farmers and livestock producers has endured for generations, and together we can make it even stronger for generations to come.
- Animal agriculture in 2009 used an estimated 379 thousand tons of soybean meal, which is equivalent to 12.6 million bushels of soybeans. Of this, 52.2% went to pork production, 18% to beef and 13.5% to turkeys.
- In 2009, at the state level, animal agriculture represented $5 billion in revenue, $766 million in household income, and 41,296 jobs. In addition, it yielded an estimated $156 million in income taxes and $149 million in state property taxes.
- Over the past ten years, the growth of animal agriculture in South Dakota has led to an increase of $165 million in economic output, $25 million in household wages, 1,370 jobs and $5 million in tax revenue.
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