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Why Soy?

The soybean, often referred to as the miracle crop, provides a sustainable source of protein and oil worldwide. Soy’s properties allow its use in a variety of applications from animal feed and human consumption, to road fuel and other industrial uses. Because soy grows throughout the world, it represents a viable and renewable replacement for petrochemicals. Soybean production increased more than 70 percent in the last twenty years. And, in the same time period, soybean farmers used more sustainable farming practices by reducing energy use, as well as reducing carbon emissions.

Versatile For Many Applications

Composed of both protein and oil, soybeans open the door for a variety of uses. Soybean processors can divide soy’s components into soy protein (soybean meal) and soy oil. Soy protein, which makes up 80 percent of the soybean, primarily serves as animal feed and is incorporated in many human foods.  For oil, the U.S. food industry consumes more than 83 percent of U.S. soybean oil for purposes such as cooking, baking and frying. The remaining soybean oil is applied in industrial applications such as adhesives, coatings and printing inks, lubricants, plastics and specialty products, but also biodiesel, a fuel using soybean oil as a feedstock. When it comes to the U.S. soybean oil supply, there’s room at the table for both human consumption and industrial uses of soybean oil.

Soy Stories

New industrial uses for soy continue to be trending topics for researchers and product developers.  Current USB-funded research projects in fiber and polyols are in the news. Check out the latest developments.

About the United Soybean Board

The United Soybean Board (USB) is led by a 70-member board of farmer-leaders acting on behalf of the 569,998 U.S. soybean farmers. The checkoff invests in research, promotion, marketing and commercialization programs to help expand and develop markets for U.S. soybeans. As part of the checkoff program, every soybean farmer contributes 0.5 percent of the market price for each bushel sold.