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Activities of the North Dakota Soybean Council

County Agent News
Dan Folske
November 20, 2017

 

ND Soybean Council

 

Here are a few of the activities of the ND Soybean Council:

U.S. SOYBEAN FARMERS FILL GLOBAL DEMAND

The soy checkoff invests every North Dakota soybean farmer’s investment to increase soy use by customers beyond the elevator, including international users. U.S. soy exports have grown steadily for the past 20 years. This growth (forecast by exporters and importers of U.S. soy to continue) can be attributed in part to soy-checkoff-funded efforts to build international sales of U.S. soy. As part of these U.S. farmer-funded activities, the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) works to cultivate new markets or growth in existing ones.

In the 2014-2015 marketing year, North Dakota soybean exports were valued at $1.8 billion, based on an average market price received of $9.49 per bushel.  During 2014 in North Dakota, 202.5 million bushels of soybeans were produced.  The vast majority of soybeans grown in North Dakota are shipped by rail to the Pacific Northwest and are destined for southeast Asia, which is why international marketing continues to be a priority for the board. NDSC continues to annually fund projects, host international trade teams and build relationships with other countries to learn more about international market demands and soy needs overseas.

 

SOYBEAN RESEARCH YIELDS BETTER RESULTS

The North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) is committed to funding a strong soybean research program, allocating 30-40 percent of checkoff funds toward soybean production research. We also contribute funds to the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) to help coordinate regional soybean production research.

 

The NDSC’s investment in research helps soybean farmers obtain better quality, improve yields, control pests and diseases and expand market options. The NDSC Research Committee, comprising soybean farmers and researchers, identifies farmer priorities, sets the council’s research objectives and requests studies to meet those objectives.

 

To learn more about production research projects funded by NDSC check out the ND Soybean Council website.

 

KEEPING SOYBEAN FARMERS UP TO DATE

Ensuring that North Dakota farmers receive the most current education on key topics impacting their operations is a top priority for the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC). Therefore we sponsor events such as the annual “Northern Soybean Expo,” “Best of the Best in Soybean Research” and “Getting It Right in Soybean Production.”

NDSC’s communications program keeps farmers and the agricultural industry informed and up to date on the changing U.S. soy industry through a variety of effective communication tools, including a quarterly magazine; an annual report; research updates; radio messages; timely brochures and periodicals; podcasts; print ads; presentations and exhibits at various meetings and trade shows. NDSU Extension agents in Burke, Ward, and Renville counties will be hosting a “Getting It Right in Soybean Production” meeting in Kenmare this winter. Watch for further information.

 

CONNECTING WITH CONSUMERS

It’s no secret that more Americans have become disconnected from farms – both in distance and general knowledge about today’s agriculture. As a result, consumers now have more questions, and even some concerns, about the origins of their food.

Since many misconceptions exist about the production of food, feed, fuel and fiber, the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) continues to educate and communicate with consumers in various ways throughout the year. NDSC exhibits at state agricultural trade shows; state health and nutrition fairs; various family and youth events; energy conferences; and other events in an effort to build greater awareness among consumer audiences of the benefits of U.S. soy and its end uses.

 

You can find more information on their website at http://ndsoybean.org/

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