ST. LOUIS -- It's been a busy year for the soybean checkoff as its farmer-leaders put time and funding toward helping increase demand for soy biodiesel, promoting U.S. soy abroad, supporting the livestock and poultry industries and researching answers to fighting Asian soybean rust.
The ultimate goal -- to increase the competitiveness and success of U.S. soybean farmers, checkoff leaders say.
Biodiesel production will create a projected 39,102 new jobs in all sectors of the economy. The soybean checkoff has worked with the National Biodiesel Board to promote the growth of soy biodiesel.
A new Web site, www.animalag.com, and a new toolkit provide soybean farmers with economic, environmental, animal welfare and animal science information designed to support the livestock and poultry industries.
"It was a great year for the soybean checkoff, and the farmer-leaders of the checkoff will continue working to ensure next year is even better for soybean farmers," says Curt Raasch, United Soybean Board chairman and a soybean farmer from Odebolt, Iowa. "The farmer-leaders of the checkoff will continue to promote biodiesel, international markets, animal agriculture, production research, new uses and other areas of importance for soybean farmers."
USB is made up of 64 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Customer Information Act, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.
SOURCE: United Soybean Board news release.