Global Food Forum

Who is U.S. Soy?

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 other products. Soy is planted on more acres in the U.S. than any other crop.

But U.S. Soy is far more than this versatile commodity — it’s the network of people. It’s farmer-led, farmer-funded organizations that support the growth and promotion of the miracle crop known as the soybean.

By law, U.S. soybean farmers contribute a small portion of the price they receive for their soybeans to the soy checkoff. A farmer-led board invests these funds in research and marketing programs to improve the soybean and align with customers’ needs. This is the United Soybean Board (USB).

Additionally, farmers have the option to pay dues to the American Soybean Association (ASA), which advocates for policies that enable soybean farmers to meet the demand for soy around the globe.

The U.S. Soybean Export Council, in partnership with USB and ASA, works to promote the advantages of U.S. soy, including its exceptional composition, reliable supply, sustainable production and pipeline of innovation.

Essentially, U.S. Soy represents nearly 570,000 soybeans farmers investing in a sustainable future for soybean production. Farmers are using their own dollars to meet with customers, understand those customers’ corporate responsibility and sustainability goals and determine how U.S. Soy can help meet those goals. In addition, farmers fund precision agriculture research to improve soy’s sustainability performance in decreased emissions, energy use, water use and land use.

U.S. Soy is committed to sustainability and willing to partner with customers that have similar views. Learn more about U.S. Soy here: ussoy.org/GFF.

Karen Pfautsch
Karen Pfautsch

Ag Communicator

St. Louis

Karen Pfautsch is an ag communicator for the United Soybean Board.