U.S. farmers harvested 76.6 million acres of soybeans in 2010 totaling 3.33 billion bushels. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that U.S. soybean growers will produce 3,345 million bushels of soybeans on 78 million acres of land. The national averages soybean yield is projected at 43.4 bushels per acres, offering both protein-rich soybean meal as well as soybean oil. It is an abundant supply of food for humans, feed for livestock and ingredients for biobased products.
The United Soybean Board (USB) is committed to increasing the supply of biobased products that benefit our nation’s economy, including creating green jobs; improving the environment and reducing dependence on foreign oil. Through their checkoff, soybean farmers are investing their dollars in research and development of soy biobased products. Soybean farmers are committed to green products and dedicated to sound environmental practices on farms. That’s why the United Soybean Board has a sustainability initiative. Production agriculture has made great strides toward sustainable production and this initiative will promote continuous improvement.
Everybody Wins When Farmers Keep Score on Sustainability
The United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff fund provide the tools that U.S. soybean farmers can use to impact positively the increasingly important issue of sustainability.
Field to Market: The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, of which the USB is a member, developed the free, online Fieldprint Calculator to tabulate sustainability performance for any soybean, corn, wheat or cotton farm. Access this free tool and learn more about USB sustainability efforts at www.unitedsoybean.org.