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Soybean research pioneer Ed Anderson honored

The soybean community celebrated Dr. Ed Anderson's pivotal role in advancing soybean research at the 2024 Commodity Classic.

At the 2024 Commodity Classic event held in Houston, Texas, the United Soybean Board recognized Ed Anderson, PhD, with the prestigious Tom Oswald Legacy Award for his significant contributions to soybean research. Anderson, known for his work in advancing soybean research to enhance yields, combat crop stressors, and improve the nutritional value of soybeans, has been a pivotal figure in fostering collaboration among soybean scientists.

Anderson, who has spent the last decade serving on the Iowa Soybean Association and the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP), and as a research consultant for the Kansas Soybean Commission, has been instrumental in leading multidisciplinary programs. These programs aim to improve soybean genetics, production, and sustainability, driving value back to the farm.

Reflecting on his award, Anderson shared, "This award means the world to me because Tom Oswald and I were more than just colleagues. Tom was my friend. He challenged us to think bigger and bolder to further the productivity and sustainability of our U.S. soybean crop."

Steve Reinhard, USB chair and Ohio farmer who worked directly with Anderson, praised his dedication and leadership, stating, "Ed represents the ideals of Tom's legacy, and we appreciate his unrelenting efforts to create a better soybean."

Colleagues who nominated Anderson for the award highlighted his ability to bridge the gap between soybean farmers and researchers, fostering innovative research projects that offer greater returns on investment. Wendy Wintersteen, president of Iowa State University, remarked, "Ed excels at bringing soybean farmers and researchers together," while Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center, praised Anderson's respected status among peers.

The Tom Oswald Legacy Award, established by the United Soybean Board, honors individuals, organizations, or groups making significant contributions to the soybean industry and the soy checkoff. It commemorates the late Tom Oswald's commitment to improving the soybean industry by continually asking, "How do we make it better-er?"

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