Global Food Forum

How are you Pursuing Sustainability?


Keith Morton
Falkner, Mississippi

For many years, we’ve used methods that proved both profitable and beneficial to the environment, like no-till, grid soil sampling, variable-rate nutrient application, and scouting for pests and disease. I plan to add cover crops to further reduce erosion, suppress weeds and build organic matter – all of which will hopefully increase yields.


Rob Sharkey
Bradford, Illinois

That one’s easy – I’m installing terraces on highly erodible ground. I’ve worked hard to improve the soil on my farm, and I don’t want it going anywhere. It’s good for my neighbors and for my farm to keep soil and nutrients where they can be used.


Mike Thede
Palmer, Nebraska

This year, we planted cover crops behind all of our soybean fields, and we’re adding some higher efficiency nitrogen for corn to prevent it from leaching into the environment. We’re also putting in buffer strips along some of the waterways on our farm to reduce runoff, and we’re looking at investing in renewable energy by putting up a solar farm on one quarter-section of ground.

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United Soybean Board

United Soybean Board’s 78 volunteer farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds in programs and partnerships to drive soybean innovation beyond the bushel and increase preference for U.S. soy. That preference is based on U.S. soybean meal and oil quality and the sustainability of U.S. soybean farmers.