INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 28, 2021) – A partnership between the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and United Soybean Board (USB) received a 2021 Indiana Department of Environmental Management Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the Pollution Prevention category at the 24th Annual Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference on September 23. The award recognizes the organizations for developing PoreShield™ soy methyl ester – polystyrene (SME-PS), a soy-based concrete durability enhancer that benefits the environment and Indiana economy.
“USB is always looking to invest in new products that will use more soybeans and improve the value of our crop,” said USB Director Mark Seib, a farmer from Poseyville, Indiana. “PoreShield has tremendous potential, and as the state of Indiana has recognized, it is also an environmentally safe product that will enhance the durability of our roads and bridges for many years to come. USB’s investment in PoreShield will pay dividends for soybean farmers in the very near future.”
The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are Indiana’s most prestigious environmental recognition awards. Only the most innovative, sustainable and exemplary programs or projects that impact Indiana’s environment and demonstrate measurable environmental, economic and social benefits are recognized.
“This recognition represents more than 10 years of hard work, innovation and partnership to advance a sustainable solution for costly concrete joint deterioration in Indiana,” said Julie Ohmen, new uses consultant for the Indiana Soybean Alliance. “We are thrilled to see PoreShield recognized as an environmentally friendly solution that also provides public health and economic benefits to our communities.”
ISA developed PoreShield in partnership with the Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University. Several years of research and field trials demonstrate that a single application of PoreShield lasts 10 or more years and extends the service life of concrete five-to-nine times longer, compared to untreated concrete.
The soy checkoff supports the expanded use of the product. Since the completion of the project, PoreShield has experienced similar success in states across the nation. It is a true testament to the impact that collaboration between the national and state checkoffs has to promote new uses for soybeans. With ISA and USB’s support through the years of development, PoreShield is now commercially available for use as the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and other states move toward greater implementation.
In addition to offering long-lasting concrete protection, PoreShield prevents pollution through its nontoxic and hazard-free product profile. The concrete durability enhancer replaces traditional, toxic concrete protectors and sealants, reducing volatile organic compounds by 90%, and eliminating the need for harmful solvents. As a nontoxic product, PoreShield is safe for workers and requires no personal protective equipment while applying.
“The main benefit [of PoreShield] is that it is environmentally friendly – we can spray this over creeks, waterways, dry beds or over active water,” said Carl Anderson, Orange County Highway Department superintendent. “Considering the price and minimal labor involved, I believe in the end we’re going to gain on our bridge decks – a minimal cost and high reward.”
As a soy-based concrete durability enhancer, PoreShield supports U.S. soybean farmers and provides a boost to local economies. On average, 400 bushels of soybeans are used for every mile of two-lane bridge receiving a full surface PoreShield treatment. PoreShield also saves money for the Department of Transportation across different states, reducing labor compared to the products and practices it replaces. Since its inception, years of progress through INDOT have led to large-scale changes in the way pavement joints are treated, using an innovative approach to protect the locations most susceptible to failure.
About United Soybean Board
United Soybean Board’s 78 volunteer farmer-directors work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds in programs and partnerships to drive soybean innovation beyond the bushel and increase preference for U.S. soy. That preference is based on U.S. soybean meal and oil quality and the sustainability of U.S. soybean farmers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. Learn more at www.unitedsoybean.org .
About Indiana Soybean Alliance
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA works to assist soybean farmers through its strategic initiatives of market development; environmental, social and economic sustainability; value creation and producer engagement. ISA is led by an elected, farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 20,000 Indiana soybean farmers. Learn more at www.indianasoybean.com .
PoreShield ™ SME-PS is a revolutionary concrete durability enhancer that works below the surface to protect all densities of concrete, new or old. PoreShield is not a sealant or a coating. Instead of forming a seal on the surface, PoreShield is absorbed deep into concrete pores, protecting concrete from premature damage. Created from a partnership between the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Purdue University, PoreShield is proven to stop deterioration in existing concrete infrastructure, making concrete last five-to-nine times longer. And as a preventative measure, PoreShield stands alone – providing maximum protection while reducing maintenance costs, replacements rates, and even lowering the carbon footprint with a non-toxic and hazard-free product profile. Learn more at www.poreshield.com .