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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…

Exports

Delivery Process Helps Get U.S. Soy to Buyers

Alan BarrettMay 13, 2020

This piece explains the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)’s delivery process.

Family farms

Ground Work: Planting and Soybean Breeding in Arkansas

Brad DoyleApr 18, 2020

For the past month, it has rained almost every third day in our area of Arkansas, in the south-central U.S. That has been just enough…

Water

Saturated Buffer Design Research Improves Water Quality

Illinois Nutrient Research and Education CouncilDec 28, 2019

U.S. soybean farmers continuously investigate ways to improve their sustainability. In tiled fields, saturated buffers are one management practice that prevents nutrient loss as excess…

Water

U.S. Soy Farmers Use Water Monitoring Systems for Continuous Improvement

Arkansas Soybean Promotion BoardNov 9, 2019

U.S. soybean farmers use innovative technology to continuously improve the sustainability of their crops. With support from qualified state soybean boards (QSSBs), farmers learn how…

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…

Water

Bioreactor Offers Learning Experience For Students

Carol BrownSep 4, 2019

Interest in bioreactors is growing in Iowa if the field day at the Roger and Louise Van Ersvelde farm is any indication. The late August…

Water

Irrigation Innovation — Emerging Technologies can Improve Water Use Efficiency

Laura TempleAug 21, 2019

Crops are thirsty. They use water to take in nutrients and facilitate processes to grow, flower and yield. And they are finicky. Each crop demands…

Water

The Faces of U.S. Soy Farming: Water Management

Wisconsin Soybean Marketing BoardJul 23, 2019

Having a consistent supply of high-quality, sustainably produced soybeans is vitally important to international soy buyers, and U.S. soy farmers are up to the challenge.…

Water

Flooding Rocks Upper Midwestern United States

Jen Del CarmenMar 27, 2019

Over the past two weeks, U.S. farmers have faced a major challenge as the upper Great Plains region has endured catastrophic flooding. In parts of…

Water

U.S. Soy Farmers Employ Conservation Drainage as Sustainability Practice

Iowa Soybean AssociationJan 15, 2019

Conservation drainage helps U.S. Soy farmers to increase yields, conserve water, and reduce nutrient loss, while cutting amounts of nitrates in drainage water. This video…

Water

Farmers Conserve Natural Resources

Belinda BurrierNov 5, 2018

Linda Burrier discusses how her family farm's focus on nutrient management and conservation helps conserve water and wildlife.

Water

Wetlands: Nature’s Kidneys

Iowa Soybean AssociationOct 18, 2018

Wetlands are part of a biologically diverse ecosystem that helps U.S. Soy farmers to improve water quality on agricultural lands. Working wetlands help to remove…

Water

U.S. Soy Farmers Say Less Water is used to Produce Today’s Crops

Nebraska Soybean BoardOct 16, 2018

Nebraska soybean farmers explain how farmers today use less water to grow more. Today’s growers know that soils need a certain amount of water and…

Water

Bioreactors: Another Instrument in U.S. Soy Farmers’ Sustainability Toolkits

Iowa Soybean AssociationOct 8, 2018

Wood-chip bioreactors work with tile drainage to help reduce the amount of nitrates in water leaving farms. Bacteria living in the wood chips convert nitrates…

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,”…

Water

Balancing Productivity and Stewardship

USB Staff WriterAug 31, 2018

Irrigation is just one of the practices U.S. soybean farmers use to increase their yields - and their sustainability. The United Soybean Board spoke with an…

Water

Ohio Farmers Mindful of Water Quality

Ohio Soybean CouncilAug 24, 2018

The Stickel brothers have always been mindful of the value and importance of preserving water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Together, Andy who…

Water

U.S. Soy Farmers Strive to Reduce Water Use

Nathan GregoryAug 16, 2018

Innovations in irrigation techniques help U.S. Soy growers to use less water. This story from Mississippi State University Extension Service highlights how the Row-crop Irrigation…

Water

Tiling is Important to U.S. Soybean Farmers’ Water Management Plan

Jamie BeyerMay 19, 2018

All farmers know that rain is a good thing – in moderation.  But what do we do when it rains too much? Many of us…

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

Sustainable U.S. Farming Practices by the Numbers

Pascal KuipersMar 2, 2018

Conservation and sustainable farming practices are practically as old as U.S. agriculture itself. Sustainability is, by its very definition, integral to the farmers who care…

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…

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…

Cover Crops

Precision Agriculture: Finding the Right Recipe for Sustainable Farming

Diane KarrOct 4, 2017

  Raising four boys on the farm means a lot of groceries and a lot of hungry kids to feed. Just as I carefully measure…

Water

U.S. Soy Farmers Prioritize Water Conservation

Elsie WetzelSep 19, 2017

When it comes to sustainable farming practices, there’s no “one size fits all” solution. What works for one farm might not be a fit for…

End Users

10 Facts about U.S. Sustainable Agriculture

U.S. Sustainability AllianceSep 12, 2017

The United States has been practicing conservation and sustainability long before they became the issues they are today. Here are 10 facts about U.S. sustainable…

Water

Farmer Practices Protect Community Water

Elsie WetzelAug 14, 2017

Water is on my mind constantly. I think about the streams and creeks that run through my community and carry water to our lakes and…

Water

Taking Water Management to the Fields: How We Manage our Greatest Resource

Diane KarrAug 13, 2017

The sun is blazing. Sweat is rolling down your back. Your hair is sticking uncomfortably to your neck. So what do you do? Why, reach…

Water

Water Conservation Highlighted by National Geographic

USSEC Staff WriterMay 1, 2017

Global magazine spotlights one of the production practices that make U.S. soybean farmers the most sustainable in the world U.S. soybean farmers are among the…