SDSA Legislative Preview

It is a fact that South Dakota has a shorter soybean growing season compared to our midwestern neighbors.  It is also a fact that South Dakota has one of the shortest, and earliest legislative sessions in the country.  While there may not be a correlation between the soybean growing season and the number of days we meet in Pierre codified anywhere in our laws, I have to think it is based on the notion that we get like to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time.

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600,000-mile test indicates B100 viability

B100 – 100 percent renewable biodiesel – is a step closer to viability for commercial fleet operations thanks to a pilot project testing the renewable fuel in heavy-duty over-the-road trucks. The trucks running 100 percent biodiesel were retrofitted with Optimus Vector fuel systems. Company CEO Colin Huwyler says the 18-month pilot was intended to test the fuel system technology that enables the trucks to run on pure biodiesel.

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Dr. James Fry on Soybean Oil Demand

A vegetable oil analyst sees growing soybean oil demand as a renewable diesel fuel feedstock partly because of flattening palm oil production. Soybean oil production is set to overtake palm oil production in a few years, according to Dr. James Fry, founder of LMC International in Great Britain. “By 2030, soy will be far ahead of palm, significantly ahead as the leading oil,” said Dr. Fry, during a U.S. Soybean Export Council webinar. “The world cannot look to oil palm to meet its growth in oil demand.”

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Meet Tanner Hento, South Dakota’s 2021-22 ASA Corteva Young Leader

Tanner Hento of Avon, S.D. has been selected to represent the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) in the 2021-2022 American Soybean Association/ Corteva Agriscience Young Leader program.

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3 Things to Know About Farm Transitions (Hint: It’s More Than Just Handing Over the Keys)

An overwhelming majority of farms in the U.S. are family-owned, and most of those operations are transferred from one generation to the next. But passing on the reins to a farm operation is far more complex than giving the keys for the old family sedan to your oldest child.

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Soybeans on the Road

Sioux Falls officials have found an environmentally friendly way to extend the life of the city’s streets. South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC) Chairman Tim Ostrem says two soy-based products have been developed to help preserve street surfaces.

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China and biofuels are growth markets for soybeans

Demand for U.S.-grown soybeans will heat up because of the volume needed by China and the biofuels industry, according to market experts analyzing projections from the USDA. Kevin McNew, Chief Economist for the Farmers Business Network, provided analysis for the recent United Soybean Board (USB) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) webinar on the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. McNew was asked for his take on demand for U.S. soybeans exported to China given talk about Chinese crush margins being tight while there is also a belief that the Chinese might begin to stockpile commodities.

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Checkoff tire donation has sheriff’s departments riding on soy

The South Dakota Soybean Checkoff is partnering with Goodyear Tire to donate soy-based tires to 50 South Dakota sheriff’s departments, as well as to the South Dakota Highway Patrol and other state agencies. The partnership underscores the tire company’s relationship with farmers and with first responders, according to Carly Bishop, government account manager for Goodyear Tire.

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Web Series Profiles South Dakota Soybean Growers

A brand new web series, the South Dakota Soybean Checkoff Check-In, launched this month and is available to view online.

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Soy-Based Possibilities

Most people can tell you about farmers’ role in feeding the world, but the possibilities South Dakota soybean growers are creating go far beyond food. Take a look at a sampling of the 1,000+ soy-based products in the market today and you’ll see a future filled with soy-based possibilities. This 30-second video will highlight emerging markets for soybean products and the role that South Dakota farmers play through the checkoff in advancing research and promotion.

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