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Soy Checkoff Unveils a New Strategic Plan for 2022

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:26:35 CST

Soy Checkoff Unveils a New Strategic Plan for 2022 It can be hard to imagine half of one percent of a farmer's earnings from a bushel of soybeans can add up to much but think again. With percentages of pennies on every soy checkoff dollar, the United Soybean Board and Qualified State Soybean Boards focus those small investments in three key areas: Education, promotion and research.

Recently, the Oklahoma Farm Report's own KC Sheperd spoke with USB Director Tom Oswald about a new strategic plan that prioritizes sustainable soy solutions for global and domestic customers while ensuring value and profitability for U.S. soybean farmers.

"I serve as the supply action team chair," Oswald said. "That is the group (within) USB - that looks at how to grow beans better and how to grow the bean the market wants."

To accomplish that goal the team looks at protein and oil composition, high oleic qualities, pests, weeds and more, according to Oswald.

"A lot of farmers will walk into their chemical supplier and see a chart on the wall about taking action to reduce herbicide resistance in weeds, that is part of our work," Oswald said.

Developing better seed quality and genetics is also a large part of what the supply team does at USB, Oswald added.

"The supply action team is all about the farmer," Oswald said.

Hit the LISTEN BAR below to hear KC Sheperd and Tom Oswald talk about the important role USB plays for U.S. soybean farmers.


Listen to KC's conversation with Tom here.
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