Soy Checkoff Request for Referendum Results

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA just announced the results of the request for referendum on the Soybean Research and Promotion Program. There were 355 request-for-referendum forms received, of which only 324 were valid, from Farm Service Agency offices. The 355 forms represent 0.06 percent of all eligible U.S. soybean farmers. That result falls short of the 10 percent needed to prompt a referendum. “These …

Ag Group, Soybean, USB

NCGA Joins USB, Taking Action on Weeds

Jamie Johansen

The National Corn Growers Association has added a new “Take Action on Weeds” section to its website as a resource of farmers combating herbicide resistance issues. This resource, developed by the United Soybean Board through its Take Action program, offers a wide array of information developed over several years to help farmers combat weed resistance through best management practices. “The …

Ag Group, Corn, NCGA, Soybean, USB, weeds

USDA Biopreferred Program Grows Biobased Market

Cindy Zimmerman

The purpose of the USDA BioPreferred® program is to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products, so program manager Ron Buckhalt was a popular guy at last week’s United Soybean Board Biobased Products Stakeholders Dialogue. “The biopreferred program was created by Congress to help grow the market for biobased products,” said Buckhalt. “The idea being we can use …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA

Columbia Forest Products Stick with Soy

Cindy Zimmerman

North Carolina-based Columbia Forest Products was ahead of the curve a decade ago when it moved to formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood technology. “We make flat, decorative panels with a highly-prized face like a cherry, oak, walnut,” explains marketing director Todd Vogelsinger. “And we glue it all together with a resin system that is 95% soy flour.” The company replaced the commonly …

Audio, Forestry, Soybean, USB

USDA’s Big Biobased Picture

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture takes a wide angle view of the biobased product picture which encompasses several different segments within the agency. At the USB Biobased Stakeholders Dialogue last week in Washington D.C. we heard from a number of USDA officials about what they are doing to expand biobased opportunities. One panel featured Rural Business Cooperative Service administrator Lilian …

Audio, biobased, Biodiesel, Soybean, USB, USDA

Millennial Views of Biobased and Sustainability

Cindy Zimmerman

The hostess for the the USB Biobased Products Stakeholders’ Dialogue at George Washington (GW) University this week was the moderator for an important discussion about what the “millennial generation” thinks about biobased and sustainability. University sustainability director Kathleen Merrigan, who is also former deputy ag secretary, invited some current students and recent graduates to be on the panel. “What I …

Audio, Education, Soybean, Sustainability, USB, USDA

Elevance Exemplifies Biobased Product Diversity

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the many biobased product companies represented at the USB Biobased Products Stakeholders’ Dialogue this week was Elevance Renewable Sciences, which produces a wide array of materials from renewable oils like soybeans. “We make products targeted at three broad market industries,” says Andy Shafer, EVP for sales and marketing. “The consumer and industrial space where we make ingredients for …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA, Video

Soy Biobased About Customer Focus

Cindy Zimmerman

The United Soybean Board is focused on the customers who use soy products – whether feed or food, fuel or new products – and that is what the USB Biobased Products Stakeholders’ Dialogue in Washington DC this week is all about. “Everything’s about the customer,” said USB director John Motter of Ohio, who is chairman of the checkoff group’s Customer …

Audio, Soybean, USB

Past and Present USDA Deputies at USB Event

Cindy Zimmerman

The current and former Deputy Secretaries of Agriculture were together on Tuesday in Washington DC at the United Soybean Board Biobased Products Stakeholders Dialogue. It is being held at George Washington University where Kathleen Merrigan now serves as Director of Sustainability and she was pleased to host her successor Krysta Harden as keynote speaker at the event. Both Harden and …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA

Soy-Biobased Products Compete in Solar Decathlon

Cindy Zimmerman

Students from Appalachian State University (ASU) are heading to France with a “reimagined” row house using soy-biobased products to compete against 20 global teams in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. According to the United Soybean Board, soy-based, formaldehyde-free plywood as well as durable floor matting are important features of Maison Reciprocity, ASU’s solar-powered row house developed with their partner school, …

Ag Group, biobased, Solar, Soybean, USB