The United Soybean Board is working to improve protein content and quality of U.S. soybean meal. Animal agriculture is the number one consumer of U.S. soybean meal, a critical customer for U.S. soybean farmers, according to South Dakota farmer and USB farmer-leader David Iverson.
"Ninety-seven percent of the U.S. soybean meal is fed to animal agriculture," Iverson told KMA Land. "That may be in chickens, turkey, eggs, or fish. So, it's extremely important to know what those end users are wanting, and that's where the United Soybean Board is continually working to improve the product of the U.S. soybean.”
With end-users in mind, the soy checkoff forged a partnership to seek ways to improve U.S. soybeans.
“The United Soybean Board has partnered with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to do a $3.2 million funded project to improve our soybeans for our end users, whether that's domestically or internationally, without compromising our yield, which is extremely important to producers, us farmers.”