American Soybean Magazine Articles

MAP and FMD: Activity Abroad Drives Profit at Home

Agricultural exports remain one of the brightest lights in the U.S. economy, expected to run a $23 billion surplus in 2017, creating a strong multiplier effect that is especially pronounced in rural communities. In 2014, $150 billion in total U.S. agricultural exports produced an additional $190 billion in economic activity for a total of $340 billion in economic output. Agricultural exports also supported 1.1 million full-time U.S. jobs, including 800,000 off-farm jobs in assembly, processing and distribution. … Read More »

From Convoys to Combines: Farm Bill Programs Help Veterans Find a New Way to Serve

Joshua Henderson’s e-mail valediction reads ‘Semper Fi’. Always faithful; the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps and many farmers’ promise to their land, the rural life they’ve chosen and the families they provide for.

Henderson joined the Marine Corps the day he turned 18 and served a total of four combat rotations. Today, he is a farmer in the Mississippi Delta raising soybeans and wheat. … Read More »

From Convoys to Combines: Farm Bill Programs Help Veterans Find a New Way to Serve

Cover Crop Tool Directs Decision Making

Farmers have as many questions as answers when it comes to cover crops. While this relative newcomer to conservation strategy is proving effective, it’s not without its challenges.

“The primary questions I have gotten from farmers for the last 10 years are about which cover crops to plant and how to use those crops to solve specific field conservation issues,” said Betsy Bower, certified crop adviser (CCA) with Ceres Solutions, Lafayette, Ind. … Read More »

Cover Crop Tool Directs Decision Making

Emerging Uses, Markets Keep U.S. Soybean Industry Competitive

As farmers are always on lookout for the most efficient ways to grow and use their soybeans to meet end-user needs while maximizing profit opportunities for their operations, several emerging uses have allowed soy growers to explore new markets in recent years—including biodiesel, soybean meal improvements and high oleic oils. Although there are always obstacles … Read More »

On the Verge of a Boom

The role of animal agriculture in the soybean economy is not a small one, and it’s safe to say that there are few soybean farmers in the United States—if any—who don’t intimately understand the supply chain that carries their soybeans to crushing facilities and then in the form of soybean meal to pork, poultry, dairy … Read More »

On the Verge of a Boom

Sustainability Practices Prove Their Worth

Walton Farms has been operating on and around the same land in Iowa since 1835, spanning multiple generations and many different farming practices. When Walton Farms acquired new land 20 miles away from their other farming areas, implementing new sustainability practices seemed a natural fit. With all farm partners on board, Walton said once they got started, they never looked back— leading them to be 85-90 percent no-till today. … Read More »

Sustainability Practices Prove Their Worth