Growing soybeans isn't just about growing a high-yielding crop. It's about growing what customers demand.

To help meet these demands, the United Soybean Board is providing information to soybean farmers and seed dealers nationwide about selecting soybeans that are not only high-yielding, but also high in protein and oil.

The soybean checkoff is working to provide seed dealers, farmers and the soybean industry with information about the kind of varieties that deliver what soybean customers at home and abroad are demanding.

To illustrate the work the checkoff is doing, USB is conducting a panel-based Webinar on the current oil and meal market and how they impact the soybean industry. The online event will be Wednesday, Sept. 27, noon to 1 p.m. Central time.

Registration is free and required ahead of time by going to

Speakers on the panel will be:

  • Richard Galloway, president of Galloway and Associates. He has worked in the oilseed processing, vegetable oil refining and meal, oil and grain exporting industries for more than 25 years. He has served as a consultant with agri-processing businesses in the U.S. and Latin America for eight years. In this role, he has provided USB with guidance in their Select Yield and Quality program and on soybean composition issues. Galloway also serves as a consultant to QUALISOY and several other industry clients.

  • Chuck Friedrich, United Soybean Board.
    Friedrich raises soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa and livestock on his farm near Aurora, S.D., and is the USB Domestic Marketing chair. His leadership positions include two terms as USB secretary as well as terms as chair and vice chair of the Communications Committee, chair of the Competitiveness Task Force and vice chair of the International Marketing Committee's Latin America Subcommittee. He has also been a member of the New Uses, Production and Budget & Finance Committees, the Planning and Allocation Working Group and the Select Yield & Quality Leadership Team.

  • Vanessa Kummer, United Soybean Board.
    Kummer and her husband, Paul, and son, Blaine, grow soybeans, corn, wheat and sugar beets on their family farm near Colfax, N.D. In her third year as a USB Director, Kummer currently serves as the team lead of the Select Yield & Quality Initiative Leadership Team. She also currently serves as chair of the International Marketing Committee's Growth Market Subcommittee and is a member of the Competitiveness Committee. In addition, Vanessa is a member of the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Grower's Association.

    First-time users of the Webinar program should run a system check in advance of the event day by using a link provided after registration. All participants should sign on at 11:45 a.m. CDT. The Webinar is powered by AgProfessional, a Vance Publishing Company food 360 publication.

    SOURCE: United Soybean Board.