Shifting Consumer Perception on Soyfoods

Consumers want food that is grown in the U.S. or made with U.S.-grown crops. Soybean Checkoff-funded research confirms that consumers support domestic agriculture. The survey indicates positive movement in consumer attitudes, according to Mace Thornton, vice president of communications and marketing strategy for the United Soybean Board. “I don’t know whether or not that is an indication that people really are thinking about American-grown agriculture – American-grown soybeans – during the current pandemic, as being safer, more healthy,” said Thornton, “but that’s certainly the big trend that we took away from this.”

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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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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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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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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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PoreShield Soy-based Concrete Sealant

Nationwide, soybean checkoff programs, including the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC) are working to discover new uses for soybeans to help increase demand and deliver strong ROI for farmers. One great example is the application of PoreShield on the new construction on Marion Road in Sioux Falls, SD.

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What’s Behind Those Strong Soybean Prices?

Soybean markets have rebounded tremendously over the first half of 2021 after an extended period that was hampered by any number of factors, from international trade conflicts to African swine fever in China to economic disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Aquaculture: Close to Home

They may not replace hogs and poultry as prime soybean consumers anytime soon, but growth in fish and shrimp production growth is opening a whole new world of opportunities for South Dakota soy products. Although most fish production happens overseas or in coastal waters, aquaculture innovation is happening closer to home than many people realize.

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Award-Winning Education Center Takes Formaldehyde-Free Materials to the Farm

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee have honored a project spearheaded by the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Architecture and Design. As an urban non-profit farm and educational center, UT’s award-winning Beardsley Farm grows food for local Knoxville hunger relief organizations and shelters.

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A Growing Aquaculture Industry

As a soybean farmer, when you think of consumers of your product, you probably think of poultry, pigs, cattle and biodiesel. What about aquaculture?

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