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Northern Crops Institute Publishes First-Ever Handbook

Focuses on how producers, feed millers can feed animals fullfat soy in a cost effective, beneficial way

The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) is publishing their first handbook and webinar series.

This integrated experience centered around feeding fullfat soybeans, is a collaboration of the Northern Crops Institute, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the North Dakota Soybean Council.

The handbook focuses on how farmers and feed millers around the world can feed animals fullfat soy in a cost effective, beneficial way. From covering economic implications to feeding for multiple species, it is a wealth of information. A solid foundation was laid by the previous handbooks and NCI was excited to update and add content to this edition.

Along with the new handbook, purchasers will have access to a series of webinars that outline the books content. The four sessions are centered around feeding fullfat soybean meal to swine, poultry, ruminants, and aquaculture. Each session will be about two hours long and offered over the course of the summer and fall. They will provide specific knowledge about each species and supplement handbook material.

As previously mentioned, this is the first book that the NCI has published. When asked about its significance, NCI Director Mark Jirik said, “The Northern Crops Institute is always looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill our mission of growing markets for crops grown in this region, this handbook is a perfect example of both meeting the original vision of our founders for publications that help grow markets for crops grown around the world.”

The Northern Crops Institute has a fullfat soybean meal extruder that they have utilized for short courses at its feed mill.

“Soybeans and soybean meal continue to be the protein of choice for feeding livestock and poultry around the world," says Kim Koch. feed center manager. "Access, economic, and nutritional considerations in different regions pose problems, however, that limit animal agriculture production.

"With global protein demand increasing as economies become stronger the demand for meat, milk and eggs is expanding," Koch continues. "Fullfat soybean meal may provide a critical piece of nutrition for some livestock producers as a way for them to improve economics and efficiencies."

To learn more about the book and webinar, or to purchase the combination for $125, please click here.

To learn more about NCI, please visit

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