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Demand means nothing if we don’t have supply

Pictured: Southwest Iowa soybean field on October 2, 2021. (Photo by Brent Barnett)

Harvest is just about complete in Iowa. Just a few acres remain across the entire state. As we are wrapping it up and planning for 2022, it is good to know about the work being done to promote the sales and use of the products you are raising. The United Soybean Board and the Soybean Checkoff have long been a part of that mission. The dollars from your checkoff are going to promote trade and innovation when it comes to your beans.

Audio: Full Interview with USB’s Tom Oswald

Tom Oswald is a Cleghorn, Iowa farmer, and he serves the United Soybean Board as Chairman of the Supply Action Team. Oswald says that soybeans keep evolving, and their mission is to find new ways for farmers to profit from that evolution.

Oswald says that it is also important to keep up a network of soybean research information. They help maintain the research that has been done over time. They are also working at maintaining information on both drought and flood research.

Oswald says this is part of an effort to keep producers all across the country from having difficulties when producing soybeans. Difficulties will lead to crop switching and reduced acres, and that will not bode well for the industry. We can’t reach demand if we do not have supply.

To learn more about the efforts of the soybean checkoff, log on to the United Soybean Board website.