Learn More About Your Soybean CheckOff, Apply for the See For Yourself Program

Farmers Have the Opportunity to Travel to Mexico to Learn More About International Checkoff Programs

The United Soybean Board (USB) invites soybean farmers to apply for the See For Yourself (SFY) program. Any soybean farmer interested in learning about checkoff programs in the U.S. and Mexico can apply to participate in the fifth year of SFY, which will run July 29-August 4, 2012. The program is an opportunity to showcase the soybean checkoff in action to soybean farmers from across the country. The goal of SFY is to highlight the checkoff’s broad scope of activities across all programs, allowing farmers the opportunity to ask questions and provide their perspectives.

Tim Even, a farmer from Humboldt, participated in the SFY tour last year. Even toured a local tilapia farm in Jamay, Mexico, 70 miles from Guadalajara. Molina’s Tilapia farm uses 100 percent U.S. soybean meal in their feed rations.

“Prior to the ‘See for Yourself’ trip, I just knew the checkoff deducts dollars from my soybean check. I knew they helped with exports, but beyond that, I had limited knowledge,” Even said. “I would recommend applying for the program because it really gives you a comprehensive overview of the soybean checkoff and why it’s important.”

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the new and innovative ways soy is being used by the industrial sector
  • Watch demonstrations of vehicles using biodiesel
  • Tour international livestock facilities that use U.S. soybean meal as primary feed source
  • Walk though an aquaculture farm that uses U.S. soybean meal as its primary protein source
  • Learn about Mexico’s thriving aquaculture sector and U.S. soy’s role
  • Sample a variety of soy foods from Mexican retail markets
  • Explore a soybean and palm oil refinery that uses the latest industry technology

There are openings for 10 soybean farmers to participate in this year’s program. Interested farmers can fill out the short application. Travel, lodging and meal expenses are covered by the See For Yourself program.