Sustainability
Sustainability

The Life of a Soybean

Soy ConnectionNov 2, 2020

U.S. soybean farmers work hard to help ensure shelves are stocked and families are fed around the world.

Aquaculture

IPRS Helps Mexican Tilapia Producer to Boost Results

USSEC Staff WriterOct 23, 2020

Complejo Acuícola Tupez, a commercial tilapia farm in Veracruz, México is achieving positive results through the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s In-Pond Raceway System. USSEC Program…

Research

New Vision for Next Decade of Soybean, Plant Research

Lisa M. BalbesOct 22, 2020

In a recently released report entitled “Plant science decadal vision 2020-2030: Reimagining the potential of plants for a healthy and sustainable future,” more than 40…

Reliability

U.S. Soy’s Journey to the Pacific Northwest

USSEC Staff WriterOct 20, 2020

This U.S. Soy video illustrates the journey of U.S. soybeans from field to port. U.S. soy stakeholders speak about every step in the supply chain…

Exports

U.S. Inland Waterways Contribute to Soybean Sustainability

USSEC Staff WriterSep 30, 2020

Barges on U.S. inland waterways contribute to the sustainability of U.S. soybeans.

Quality

Farming Industry Rises to Top of U.S. Industry Ratings

USSEC Staff WriterSep 23, 2020

The U.S. agriculture and farming industry ranked No. 1 in the 2020 Gallup industry poll.

Quality

U.S. Soy Investments Benefit Farmers and Customers

American Soybean AssociationSep 15, 2020

The soy checkoff allows U.S. soybean farmers to invest in the long-term success of the soybean industry to benefit farmers and global customers.

Reliability

With Trade Balance Shifts, U.S. Soy Reliability should be our North Star

Jim SutterSep 1, 2020

As world demand for soy continues to rise, all suppliers will have a seat at the table, says USSEC CEO Jim Sutter. U.S. Soy’s competitive…

Buyers

1,000 Attendees from Nearly 70 Countries Convene Virtually for U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Specialty Grains Conference

Paul Murphy-SpoonerAug 28, 2020

To sustain and grow relationships between international customers and the U.S. soybean value chain, The U.S. Soybean Export Council and The Specialty Soya and Grains…

Sustainability

SSAP Proves Sustainability of U.S. Soy

American Soybean AssociationAug 25, 2020

The U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP), supported by the soy checkoff, verifies the sustainability of soybeans and soy products from the U.S.

Infrastructure

U.S. Soy Details Value Chain Resiliency during Ag Talks Iowa Town Hall

Jen Del CarmenAug 11, 2020

USSEC CEO Jim Sutter took part in a virtual AgTalks town hall on July 30. He described collaboration across the ag industry during the pandemic…

Continuous Improvement

Iowa Soybean Association Receives 2020 U.S. Water Prize

Iowa Soybean AssociationAug 10, 2020

The Iowa Soybean Association recently was awarded the 2020 U.S. Water Prize for Outstanding Nonprofit from the U.S. Water Alliance, recognizing their watershed analysis and…

Research

Crop Residue Decisions Impact Soil Life

American Society of AgronomyAug 6, 2020

The American Society of Agronomy highlighted a Louisiana State University AgCenter research project comparing the impact of no-till and prescribed fire as crop residue management…

Innovation

Genes Controlling Mycorrhizal Colonization Discovered in Soybean

University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignJul 30, 2020

University of Illinois research on beneficial soil fungi, mycorrhizal colonization with soybeans, discovered genes that could be used for innovative soybean breeding to improve sustainability…

Innovation

Cyber-physical System Innovation Promises to Boost Yields

U.S. Sustainability AllianceJul 29, 2020

Engineers, geneticists, agronomists, system modelers and machine-learning experts at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on an innovation that promises to…

Aquaculture

Seafood Analyst Provides COVID-19 Update on Shrimp and Salmon Industry

USSEC Staff WriterJul 22, 2020

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) hosted a global digital aquaculture conference that included a session by Gorjan Nikolik, Rabobank, with an update of the…

Aquaculture

Impact of COVID-19 on Aquaculture

USSEC Staff WriterJul 15, 2020

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) hosted a global digital aquaculture conference that included a session by George Chamberlain, Global Aquaculture Alliance, about the impacts…

Health

Global Soyfoods-Related Trends, Part 1 of 2

Linda FunkJul 14, 2020

Several recent global trends indicate that U.S.-grown soy and soyfoods are poised to gather momentum. Consumers’ food choices—such as blended plant-based meat and dairy alternatives—are…

Innovation

Researchers Combine Cyber and Physical Monitoring to Boost Sustainable Crop Productivity

Iowa State UniversityJul 10, 2020

An Iowa State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln research project is combining cyber and physical crop monitoring to sustainably boost productivity.

Animal Feed

U.S. Soy Industry Pivots Customer Engagement Amid Pandemic to Strengthen Pan-Asia Relationships

Paul Murphy-SpoonerJun 24, 2020

Drawing Secretary Perdue and Under Secretary McKinney, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Pan-Asia Digital Conference provided valuable global and U.S. market insights to 1,700…

Research

U.S. Farmers Centralize and Use Cover Crop Research

USSEC Staff WriterJun 18, 2020

U.S. farmers can access and share cover crop research and trial data through the interactive Cover Crop Information Map online, a tool highlighted in a…

Innovation

USSEC CEO Emphasizes Importance of Sustainability During Keynote Address at the International Grains Conference

Paul Murphy-SpoonerJun 17, 2020

USSEC CEO Jim Sutter shared with virtual attendees why sustainability is fundamental for U.S. Soy farmers to maintain and meet the needs for a growing…

Aquaculture

Global Aquaculture Academy Launches In-pond Raceway System Course

Global Aquaculture AllianceJun 16, 2020

The Global Aquaculture Academy, part of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, launched an in-pond raceway systems online learning course with support from the U.S. Soybean Export…

Aquaculture

Research Investigates Potential for Soy Protein Concentrate in Juvenile Pearl Gentian Grouper Diets

Global Aquaculture AllianceJun 6, 2020

The Global Aquaculture Alliance highlighted research showing that soy protein concentrate can be included in juvenile pearl gentian group diets at levels below 30%.

Cover Crops

Early Soybean Planting Supports Cover Crops

USSEC Staff WriterJun 5, 2020

An Illinois agronomist explained the link between planting soybeans early and establishing cover crops at an Illinois Soybean Association event that was summarized in and…

Cover Crops

2020 Ground Work: Working and Waiting in Ohio

Bill BaylissJun 1, 2020

As of late May, we have about one-third of our corn and soybean fields planted. Our winter wheat continues to look really good. That’s great…

No till

Cropping System Inventory Shows Increase in No-Till Acres on U.S. Soybean Farms

South Dakota SoybeanMay 30, 2020

South Dakota Soybean describes how farmers adapted to the wettest year on record with a significant increase in no-till acres.

Innovation

Soy Innovation Challenge Seeks to Enhance Soy Value Chain Through Innovation and Technology

George HarperMay 28, 2020

In the existing soybean supply chain, U.S. soy farmers are principally price takers without transparent access to market signals originating from end users. Similarly, the…

Conservation Tillage

How Conservation Can Ready Soils for Planting After Tough Weather

Ag ProfessionalMay 4, 2020

Conservation tillage systems can provide solutions for challenging soil and field conditions created by tough weather in 2019, according to an article from Ag Professional.

Cover Crops

U.S. Soy Farmers are Part of a Team Reducing Environmental Impact

American Farm Bureau FederationApr 26, 2020

U.S. soy farmers are part of the sustainability solution as they produce more with less. This American Farm Bureau Federation video highlights sustainability in U.S.…

Family farms

2020 Ground Work: Managing Cover Crops in Ohio

Bill BaylissApr 17, 2020

Ohio soybean farmer Bill Bayliss shares a 2020 Ground Work update on planting preparation for his farm focusing on the decision about how to manage…

Exports

Why Do Farmers Grow Soybeans?

USSEC Staff WriterApr 13, 2020

U.S. soybean farmers continue to grow a reliable supply of high-quality soybeans. But why are soybeans such an important crop in the U.S. Farmer Jordan…

Family farms

2020 Ground Work: Waiting for Spring in Indiana

Tom GriffithsApr 9, 2020

Indiana soybean farmer Tom Griffiths shares a 2020 Ground Work update on waiting for field conditions to allow for planting on his farm, focusing on…

Sustainability

Alabama Soybean Farmer Takes Part in Carbon Storage Effort

Dennis PillionDec 19, 2019

U.S. soybean farmers explore innovative ways to continuously improve their sustainability, with benefits that reach beyond their farms. Annie Dee, a soybean farmer and United…

Sustainability

The SSAP: A Guideline to Responsible Farming

Pascal KuipersNov 19, 2019

The U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) was created by the U.S. Soy Family – USSEC, the United Soybean Board and the American Soybean Association –…

Sustainability

Spanish Buyer: U.S. Soy’s Sustainability is Important for Global End Users

USSEC Staff WriterOct 30, 2019

Spanish buyer Luciano Berlinda of Bunge Iberica counts amino acids, protein, and sustainability as U.S. Soy differentiators. He attended the 2019 .S. Soy Global Trade…

Sustainability

Sigel Farm Producing Better-Quality Bean

USSEC Staff WriterOct 20, 2019

The Dasenbrock family started sending in their soybean samples to the University of Minnesota for evaluation five years ago as part of the High Yield…

Conservation Tillage

Different Paths, Same Goal: Sustainability is Universal Priority For U.S. Soybean Farmers Nationwide

USB Staff WriterOct 18, 2019

What’s good for Iowa soybean farms may not be so great for Georgia soils. But one thing is certain: Farmers embrace the importance and value…

High Protein

Whether Plant or Animal, Protein Plays an Essential Role in Global Nutrition

Polly RuhlandOct 17, 2019

When it comes to protein choices, I’ve observed the conversation subtly erode from speaking to the benefits of all protein to focus on an alleged…

Sustainability

Conservation Acclamation

Jason JenkinsSep 26, 2019

Scherder family named recipients of Missouri Leopold Conservation Award by Missouri Farmers Care. It may not be as famous for floating as Missouri’s Current River.…

Sustainability

Worm Pheromones Protect Major Crops

Aaron J. (A.J.) BouchieSep 25, 2019

Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute have found that…

Sustainability

The House That U.S. Soy Built: Soy-based Products are on the Leading Edge of Sustainable Housing

USB Staff WriterSep 22, 2019

From soy-based foam vehicle cushions to daily skin moisturizers, soy is no stranger to the average home thanks to sustainable innovation. Researchers and innovators from…

Sustainability

Missouri Town Celebrates Soybeans at Annual Festival

Todd GibsonSep 19, 2019

Every year, the tiny northwest Missouri town of Norborne celebrates soybeans during its annual Soybean Festival, held in early August. Norborne is the self-proclaimed Soybean…

Sustainability

30 Harvests

USFRA Staff WriterAug 29, 2019

U.S. farmers face multiple challenges including climate change as they embrace the opportunity to meet increasing demands to grow food sustainably. The next 30 years…

Sustainability

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Render: Dealing With Food Loss

David GreenAug 26, 2019

If food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, while food produced…

Sustainability

Multiple Pathways to Profitability

Barb Baylor AndersonJul 21, 2019

Today’s farm environment requires greater creativity. With slim margins, soybean farmers must look for smart ways to improve profitability. With innovative thinking and a sensible…

Sustainability

Environmentally Responsible U.S. Soy Farmers Put Sustainability First

Nebraska Soybean BoardJul 20, 2019

Nebraska soybean growers say that maintaining resources and using them responsibly allows them to practice sustainability. Soil conservation and using fewer pesticides and less water…

Sustainability

“Agriculture Resources and Environmental Indicators 2019” Report Takes Deep Dive into U.S. Farms and Farm Productivity

USSEC Staff WriterJun 10, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) released its Agriculture Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2019 report on May 7. The report, which describes…

Sustainability

USDA’s ERS Releases “Agriculture Resources and Environmental Indicators 2019” Report

USSEC Staff WriterJun 3, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) released its Agriculture Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2019 report on May 7. The report describes trends…

Sustainability

U.S. Soybean Farmers Validate Sustainability for Consumers

Michelle RookMay 21, 2019

U.S. soybean farmers like Lewis Bainbridge have been practicing sustainability methods such as no till and cover crops for many years, but are now providing…

Sustainability

El Niño has ‘Eerie Similarities’ to 2015

Alan BarrettApr 26, 2019

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) forecasts that there are 80 percent odds El Niño conditions will continue through spring and a 60 percent chance…

Sustainability

Federal Officials Tour Missouri River Flooding

Joseph L. MurphyApr 17, 2019

As federal and state agriculture officials toured flood damage from the Missouri River, it became evident that recovery can’t start until flood waters recede. More…

Sustainability

U.S. Soy: The Most Sustainable Source for Consumer Packaged Goods

Timothy VenverlohApr 14, 2019

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies across the globe are continually looking deeper into their supply chains for responsible and sustainable sourcing opportunities. They are looking…

Sustainability

New Management Strategies for U.S. Soy Crop Maintenance and Sustainability

USFRA Staff WriterMar 21, 2019

U.S. soybean farmers are continually learning new management strategies to help them be more sustainable and efficient. This infographic highlights a few approaches U.S. soy…

Sustainability

SSAP-RED: U.S. Soy Farmers Commit to the Future

Lisa HumphreysFeb 10, 2019

U.S. soybean farmers’ commitment to raising sustainable product has helped to earn even greater acceptance for U.S. Soy in the European market. On January 29,…

Sustainability

EU Ruling on Palm May Benefit U.S. Soy in the Long Term

Rob HatchettFeb 1, 2019

According to Bloomberg Environment, the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has until February 1 to rule which biofuel feedstocks are deemed to be sustainable.…

Sustainability

The Livestock Component: Winner of ASA’s 2018 National Conservation Legacy Award Uses Cows, Crops, and Conservation

Dean HoughtonJan 19, 2019

U.S. soybean growers know that sustainability is a lifelong cycle on their farms, practiced every day of every season of every year. Each fall, the…

Sustainability

The Sustainability Story of U.S.-Grown Soy

USB Staff WriterDec 2, 2018

Almost half of U.S. land is devoted to farming, and soybeans comprise a large portion of the crops grown on this land. Soy Connection takes a…

Sustainability

U.S. Soybean Farmers Hit their Combines to Harvest 2018 Crops

Doug WinterOct 30, 2018

A look at the equipment staple that farmers use to cut and harvest soybeans Across America’s heartland, soybean farmers are getting ready to harvest another…

Energy

Soy Sustainability: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Laura TempleSep 18, 2018

Both modern industrial activities and natural systems release greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. Through efficiency gains and improved soil management practices, farmers play a…

Animal Feed

Who is U.S. Soy?

Karen PfautschSep 18, 2018

Soy is an important commodity. A source of protein, and oil, too. Most commonly an ingredient used in animal feed, salad dressing and thousands of…

Sustainability

Is U.S. Soy Farming Sustainable?

Kansas Farm Food ConnectionSep 14, 2018

Crop roation, contour farming and water conservation are just a few of the sustainable farming practices the Winsor family uses to help improve the soil…

Sustainability

Knowing the Land Makes Farmer More Efficient

Ron MooreSep 12, 2018

Ron Moore really knows his farm fields - from what crops thrive where to what tillage practices work best to how significant weed pressure is…

Sustainability

Soy Checkoff Sustainability Investments Pay Off

Laura TempleSep 11, 2018

Soy contributes to countless food, feed and fuel products. From high-protein animal feed and cleaner-burning biodiesel to versatile vegetable oil and soy lecithin, soy delivers…

Sustainability

Soy Sustainability: Managing Water Use and Quality

Laura TempleSep 11, 2018

For soybean farmers, water management encompasses much more than droughts and floods that make headlines. “We only have a certain amount of fresh water available,”…

Sustainability

Soy Sustainability: Using Land Wisely

Laura TempleSep 11, 2018

The fields covering rural America may appear monotonous from the air or highway. But farmers have a much different perspective. “Land is the most permanent…

Soil Health

Healthy Soils and Healthy Businesses: The Dirt on Sustainable Soy

Neil CaskeySep 11, 2018

There’s a big difference between soil and dirt. Soil is a living environment. It contains microorganisms, decaying organic matter, earthworms and other insects. When healthy,…

No till

Sustainability by the Numbers: No-Till

Savannah SteinkeSep 5, 2018

No-till farming, or the practice of planting seeds into the previous season’s crop residue, is a small effort that makes a big impact on both…

Sustainability

Sustainable Ag is a Family Tradition on Arkansas Farm

Derek HaigwoodSep 5, 2018

Derek Haigwood is grateful to be reaping the benefits of practices his forefathers put into place 50 years ago. This family tradition is one he…

Sustainability

Farmer Practices Protect Community Water

USB Staff WriterAug 29, 2018

Water is on the minds of soybean farmers constantly. They work to protect the streams, lakes and rivers running through their communities. Their kids and…

Sustainability

Sustainable Farming: Growing More With Less

USB Staff WriterAug 29, 2018

Farmers are always innovating in order to improve Sustainability takes flexibility. Farmers understand what works well for one field on their farm may not work…

Sustainability

Though Sustainability Practices Vary, the Results Benefit All

USB Staff WriterAug 29, 2018

For any organization, when it comes to sustainability, there are many perspectives and methods. As CEO of their farms, soybean farmers like other business leaders,…

Sustainability

Three Ways My Farm is Sustainable

Dawn ScheierAug 27, 2018

Like most moms, I make decisions in my everyday life based on sustainability. To me, that means I am doing what I think is right…

Biotechnology

Digging Deep: Harnessing the Power of Soil Microbes for More Sustainable Farming

Julie ChaoAug 12, 2018

There’s a farm in Arkansas growing soybeans, corn, and rice that is aiming to be the most scientifically advanced farm in the world. Soil samples…

Sustainability

8 Things Farmers Want You to Know About Farming and U.S. Soy

Michelle MillerAug 3, 2018

For many, big red barns, noisy tractors and an old man in overalls comes to mind when they hear the word “farmer.” But there is…

Sustainability

How One Young Farmer Preserves the Land for the Next Generation

Jen Del CarmenAug 2, 2018

For Kevin Deinert, farming is all about family. The 30-year-old farmer grows 2,500 acres of soybeans, corn and alfalfa, and raises beef cattle alongside his…

Sustainability

Soy Much to Offer

Lisa HumphreysJul 28, 2018

From its sustainable production to its reliable delivery, U.S. Soy provides a quality product for international buyers. U.S. Soy has had a steadfast relationship with…

Sustainability

Understanding Our Water to Better Manage Our Land

Jen Del CarmenJul 17, 2018

New technology helps U.S soybean farmers measure water quantity and quality in soil Humans need water to survive, as do animals, plants and nearly all…

Demand

U.S. Soybean Export Council Helps Create a Preference for U.S. Soy in Markets Worldwide

Jen Del CarmenJul 8, 2018

U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) CEO Jim Sutter talks about how USSEC differentiates and creates preference for U.S. soy around the world. He says that…

Sustainability

Everyone Wins with Sustainable Technology

Eric GibsonJul 2, 2018

Farming is a business like any other. It must evolve to meet changing customer needs. U.S. soybean farmers are at the forefront of this evolution…

Sustainability

Renewable U.S. Soy Scores With Manufacturers

Austin FallinJul 1, 2018

Companies use U.S. soy as a sustainable ingredient in everything from adhesives to asphalt to keep their pipelines full of innovation. The United Soybean Board…

Sustainability

Making Soy Reign Supreme

USB Staff WriterJul 1, 2018

Being crowned market leader of any product category is rarely the result of simply possessing specific attributes. Consumer demand ultimately drives success, whether selling sustainable…

Sustainability

Stewardship in the Soy Supply Chain

Laura WolfJul 1, 2018

Reduce, reuse, recycle. We’ve all heard these pillars of sustainability for years, and in farm country, it’s always been second nature. The duct tape and…

Sustainability

Assure Your Customers of the Value of U.S. Soy Sustainability

Jayne GodfreyJul 1, 2018

How research and data can help meet end-user demand and provide a marketing edge Producing sustainable soybeans is up to more than just farmers. As…

Sustainability

U.S. Soy Meets Mexican Customer’s Sustainability Needs

Kevin RoepkeJun 28, 2018

Ricardo Moreno, with the Mexican company Proteinol, explains in an interview with the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) how his company is beginning to focus…

Sustainability

Soybean Farmers: Committed to Sustainability

USFRA Staff WriterJun 18, 2018

This article was originally published by FoodDialogues.com.

Sustainability

Sustainable Since 1866

Nancy KavazanjianMay 30, 2018

As we approach Earth Day on April 22, more than one billion people will participate in this historic event, making it the largest civic observance…

Crushers

Verified-Sustainable Soy: The Newest Attribute of the U.S. Soy Advantage

Nayeli VilanovaMay 13, 2018

Mexican crusher says customers demand sustainability verification Ricardo Moreno runs one of Mexico’s largest soybean oil production plants, Proteinas y Oleicos, comprised of two crushing…

Crushers

Diverse Southeast Asian Countries Share Preference for U.S. Soy

Timothy LohMay 10, 2018

Tim Loh, U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Regional Director – Southeast Asia, describes the diverse economies in soy-buying markets like Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and…

Planting

Fast and Furious Planting

Matthew WildeMay 9, 2018

When it comes to planting, it’s a sprint not a marathon. After an unwanted slow start, farmers in the southern two-thirds of Iowa shot out…

Food

Experts Share How Shifting Global Food Habits Impact U.S. Soy

Jayne GodfreyMay 3, 2018

Author and consultant Eve Turow Paul has spent the last five years studying the wants and needs of Millennials around the world, specifically those born…

Sustainability

How are you Improving Your Sustainability and Profitability?

USB Staff WriterMay 1, 2018

Jason Kieser Bloomington, Illinois Technology gives us the ability to quickly and accurately make adjustments to our operation without sacrificing time and labor. The instant…

Soybean Oil

Q & A: U.S. Soybean Farmer Answers Sustainability Questions from South American Buyers

Chris KrullApr 16, 2018

It’s not every day that international customers of U.S. soy have the opportunity to speak with a U.S. soybean farmer who grows it. Thanks to…

Demand

U.S. Soy Responds to Proposed China Tariff

Lisa HumphreysApr 6, 2018

ST. LOUIS (April 4, 2018) – In response to today’s announcement that China is proposing to tax U.S. soybean imports by 25 percent, according to the…

Sustainability

The U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) Simplified

Pascal KuipersJun 26, 2019

U.S. soybean farmers understand the importance of sustainable farming to protect valuable environmental resources. By doing so, they preserve and protect their farming operation for…

Production

U.S. Soybean Farmers Prepare to Plant More Acres of Soybeans in 2018

Jen Del CarmenMar 30, 2018

Spring officially arrived in the United States last week, and with the new season comes anticipation of the 2018 crop year. As U.S. farmers prepare…

Buyers

Technology Boosts Sustainability in Illinois Soybean Field

Chris KrullMar 29, 2018

Illinois soybean farmer Doug Winter explains to a group of South American buyers how he uses technology to continuously improve and boost sustainability.

Innovation

Iowa Soybean Farm Serves as Prototype for Village Farms in China

Pascal KuipersMar 25, 2018

Rick Kimberley and wife Martha are the fifth generation on the Kimberley family farm. Son Grant, the sixth generation, not only contributes to U.S. Soy…

Sustainability

When it comes to Water Quality Protection, Delaware Farmers Take the Job Seriously

Susanne ZilberfarbMar 24, 2018

Many people think of the ground when they think about sustainability. But U.S. soybean growers are very aware of the important role that water also…

Conservation Tillage

Melding Conservation and Profitability

Dan LemkeMar 23, 2018

Dallas, Wis., farmer Andy Bensend’s hand was forced. A casualty of the grim 1980s farm economy, Bensend filed bankruptcy in 1986. While difficult, the decision…

Cover Crops

Cover Crops are an Important Implement in my Sustainability Toolkit

Annie DeeMar 22, 2018

Cover crops help me to not only safeguard, but also to further enrich my farm’s soil health. The root systems from those cover crops cycle…

Cover Crops

Soybeans Play a Key Role in Alabama Farmer’s Crop Rotation

Jen Del CarmenMar 21, 2018

Annie Dee is always thinking about sustainability at the Dee River Ranch, her 10,0000 acre farm located in Alabama and Mississippi. She relies on conservation…

Cover Crops

Alabama Soybean Farmer Says Soil Health is the Key to Long-Term Production

Jen Del CarmenMar 20, 2018

Farmer Annie Dee is always thinking ahead. “With the world population expected to be nine to ten billion people by the year 2050, we need…

Innovation

U.S. Soybean Farmers Put Their Heads Together on Sustainability, Innovation at Commodity Classic

Jen Del CarmenMar 19, 2018

Although they’re not quite ready to fire up their planters, U.S. soybean farmers are maximizing their time during the late winter and early spring months.…

Production

U.S. Soybean Agronomist Stresses Long-Term Sustainability of Production to Growers

Jen Del CarmenMar 16, 2018

Seth Naeve, Associate Professor and Extension Agronomist at the University of Minnesota, talks about how he discusses key issues with farmers around the long-term sustainability…

Cover Crops

Conservation and Wildlife are at the Heart of this Hartly, Delaware Operation

Pascal KuipersMar 14, 2018

Mike Brown was a forester working for the state of Delaware when he acquired this farm in 1994. At the time, Jim Thompson had already…

Conservation Tillage

Keeping it Simple

Dan LemkeMar 13, 2018

Jamestown, North Dakota, farmer Tony Wagner was already committed to farming in a sustainable way when he got an eye opener that cemented the importance…

Our Farms

U.S. Soybean Farmers – Partners in Sustainability

Chris KrullMar 12, 2018

Doug Winter, a U.S. soybean farmer from Illinois, talks about his commitment to being a reliable, sustainable farmer to Latin American customers like those he…

Animal Feed

Sustainable Growth

Nancy HallahanMar 9, 2018

It’s not enough to simply grow an exceptional product; there must be a market for that product once it’s harvested. Demand is strong, both at…

Amino Acids

Record Soybean Crop Keeps U.S. Reliable Supplier

Michelle RookMar 1, 2018

U.S. soybean farmers produced another record crop in 2017, which is great news for their international and domestic customers. Customers can count on a consistent,…

Continuous Improvement

U.S. Sustainable Soy – Nearly 40 Years of Improvement

Pascal KuipersFeb 26, 2018

A lot has changed since 1980 – not just with the advent of the internet, social media and smartphones, but also thanks for the continuous…

Innovation

Live From the Field: An Illinois Soybean Farmer Gives South American Buyers a Tour of Harvesting Equipment

Chris KrullFeb 18, 2018

Doug Winter, a U.S. soybean farmer from Mill Shoals, Illinois, recently spoke with a group of South American purchasers at the U.S. Soybean Oil Latin…

Sustainability

U.S. Forests: At the Roots of U.S. Agriculture

Lisa HumphreysFeb 15, 2018

U.S. soybean farmers are committed to continuously improving the health and quality of crops grown and fields tended. But they also work hard to protect…

Sustainability

National Programs Help U.S. Soybean Farmers Boost Sustainability

Chris KrullFeb 9, 2018

Doug Winter, a U.S. soybean farmer from Mill Shoals, Illinois, describes the USDA programs available to U.S. soybean farmers that help them increase their sustainability…

Cover Crops

Cover Crop Tool Directs Decision Making

Barb Baylor AndersonFeb 5, 2018

Farmers have as many questions as answers when it comes to cover crops. While this relative newcomer to conservation strategy is proving effective, it’s not…

Sustainability

Five Ways Delaware Farmers Are Excelling at Sustainability

Mark CrouserFeb 2, 2018

When the state of Delaware’s soybean farmers began planting last spring, they did so sustainably with the environment in mind. Based on statistics from the…

Reliability

U.S. Soybean Farmers – Partners in Sustainability

Chris KrullJan 30, 2018

Doug Winter, a U.S. soybean farmer from Illinois, talks about his commitment to being a reliable, sustainable farmer to Latin American customers like those he…

Cover Crops

Sustainability Practices Prove Their Worth

Jessica WhartonJan 26, 2018

Walton Farms has been operating on and around the same land in Iowa since 1835, spanning multiple generations and many different farming practices. When Walton…

Our Farms

U.S. Soybean Farmers Keep Busy during the Winter Season

Jen Del CarmenJan 25, 2018

Wisconsin soybean farmer Nancy Kavazanjian says that U.S farmers keep plenty busy during the winter season with meetings that focus on talking about and learning…

Family farms

360 View of Wisconsin Farm Showcases U.S. Soybean Farmer’s Sustainability Methods

Lisa HumphreysJan 24, 2018

97 percent of U.S. farms are family owned. Wisconsin soybean grower Nancy Kavazanjian says sustainability is at the core of everything she does on her…

Conservation Tillage

Farming is More than a Job – It’s a Way of Life for U.S. Soybean Growers

Lisa HumphreysJan 23, 2018

Sustainable practices help U.S. soybean farmers produce more soybeans on less land while reducing harmful emissions and soil erosion. These videos, narrated in English, Mandarin,…

End Users

RSN JANJUA, USSEC Contractor, Pakistan Program

Jen Del CarmenJan 19, 2018

In the young Pakistan market, USSEC’s efforts have emphasized personal relationships and education. Several large Pakistani customers attended the 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange.…

Sustainability

The Science-Based Approach Behind U.S. Crops

Susanne ZilberfarbJan 17, 2018

U.S. soybean farmers stay plenty busy in the winter. Following U.S. and state conservation laws is something they practice year-round in order to deliver a…

Sustainability

It Starts With One

Allison ArpJan 15, 2018

Soybean farmer Kevin Sprung, of Osage, Iowa first became interested in working with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) on conservation and sustainability practices after attending…

Pest Control

U.S. Soybean Farmers Leverage Integrated Pest Management

Tracy RuffJan 14, 2018

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) helps U.S. soybean growers to protect their farms in a sustainable manner. Farmers have to worry about nuisances all year long.…

Demand

Another Record Year for U.S. Soybean Exports

USB Staff WriterJan 9, 2018

U.S. soybean farmers see $28 billion in exports Farmer investments in international markets produced strong results in the 2016/2017 marketing year. According to the U.S.…

Innovation

From Field To Factory

Deb DuganJan 6, 2018

Demand For Sustainable Soybean Oil Keeps On Growing.     Is there soy in your family room? Your tractor? Your toolbox? Maybe even in your shampoo? You…

Sustainability

Elevators Play Role in Marketing Crop at Harvest and Year Round

Michelle RookJan 4, 2018

Grain elevators play an important role in helping U.S. soybean farmers store and market their crop at harvest and throughout the year. The elevator is…

Biotechnology

The Surprising Link Between GMOs and the Chesapeake Bay

Susanne ZilberfarbDec 29, 2017

The U.S. soy industry benefits when it promotes methods of innovation and sustainability, and the soy checkoff works to identify and address market access issues…

Innovation

Live from the Field: U.S. Soybean Farmer Gives South American Customers a First-Hand Glimpse of Sustainability

Nancy HallahanDec 28, 2017

U.S. soybean oil is a favorite commodity oil of many South American buyers. Last fall, many of them got a first-hand look at U.S. soy…

Sustainability

U.S. Farmers See Sustainability as their Livelihood

Jen Del CarmenDec 27, 2017

U.S. soybean farmers see sustainability as much more than a label.  These growers know that sustainability is a livelihood and a promise to future generations,…

Sustainability

U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol Demonstrates U.S. Farmers’ Commitment to Sustainability

Jen Del CarmenDec 26, 2017

U.S. Soybean production is based on a national system of sustainability and conservation laws and regulations combined with careful implementation of best production practices by…

Sustainability

U.S. Soybean Farmers Meet End Users’ Needs from Planting to Delivery

Lisa HumphreysDec 22, 2017

U.S. soybean farmers start with a seed and end with an end user. Sustainable farming is a way of life for U.S. growers, who strive…

Cover Crops

Cover Crops Promote Soil Health and Environmental Benefits

Michelle RookDec 20, 2017

U.S. soybean farmers employ various sustainability methods including cover crops. Some cover crop benefits include increasing soil microbes, increasing water infiltration, reducing the amount of…

Buyers

Sharing the U.S. Soy Advantage with North American Soy Customers

Kevin RoepkeDec 19, 2017

The U.S. soy industry recently defined the U.S. Soy Advantage to customers at a buyers’ conference held in Mexico, talking to current and potential purchasers…

Sustainability

Monitoring the Method

Gracie WeinzierlMar 1, 2017

Sustainability has many different interpretations, but when it comes down to it, it’s about looking toward the future while meeting the needs of your customers…

Sustainability

How are you Pursuing Sustainability?

USB Staff WriterMar 1, 2017

HOW ARE YOU PURSUING SUSTAINABILITY ON YOUR FARM? Keith Morton Falkner, Mississippi For many years, we’ve used methods that proved both profitable and beneficial to…

Sustainability

Big Data. Big Difference.

Laura WolfMar 1, 2017

HOW TO TURN FARM DATA INTO MORE SUSTAINABLE SOYBEANS. You’re already collecting lots of data about your farm. Now, it’s time to put it to…

Sustainability

Ahead of the Curve

Kelsey RuthmanMar 1, 2017

COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY INCREASES DEMAND FOR U.S. SOY AND PROFITABILITY FOR U.S. SOYBEAN FARMERS. Sustainability may be a word you’re hearing more and more these…

Sustainability

A Sip of Sustainability

Sean McMahonMar 1, 2017

Iowa is making conservation and water quality a priority. Like other Midwestern states where a majority of the land is devoted to agriculture, Iowa is…