2017 Double Crop Community Meeting at Commodity Classic

Will you be at Commodity Classic this week? If so, you’re invited to attend the Double Crop Community Meeting on Friday, March 3. This meeting, which is a follow up to the 2016 community meeting in New Orleans, is meant to review accomplishments of the USB project and individual regions in 2016, and discuss how activities may continue moving forward. Time, location and a full agenda for the meeting can be found here. If you are unable to attend, the presentation recording and meeting minutes will be posted online following the event. Please RSVP to Dan Davidson at your earliest convenience to reserve your seat.

Sustainability, Biotechnology Infographics Available

USB recently created three infographics to explain the U.S. Soy Advantage and the economic impact of biotechnology. These infographics are great resources to help educate people on the benefits of soy as well as the importance of biotechnology. Please contact Amy Erlandson to request these items.

  1. Cost of Regulatory Delays in Biotechnology
  2. Economic Impact of Biotechnology Innovation
  3. The U.S. Soy Advantage

“Food Science For the Non-Food Scientist” Webinar Recordings Available

USB recently offered a series of three webinars that featured industry experts who explained food science in everyday language. Didn’t have a chance to catch them? Recordings of all three webinars in the “Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist” series are now available below. Use these recordings to help boost your ability to have conversations with people in the food industry about the benefits of soybean oil. For questions, please contact Rachel McGrew.

  1. Understanding the Soybean Oil Industry, (Password: soy)
  2. A Deeper Understanding of the Soybean Oil Industry, (Access the presentation here)
  3. Understanding the Food Audience, (Password: food)

New Take Action Resources

With a variety of new herbicide technologies entering the marketplace it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest product approvals. USB recently created this chart as a resource for farmers to find the latest in product approvals and confirm what they can use on their fields this year. In addition, a variety of infographics on reducing spray drift, tips for early season weed control and preventing herbicide resistance were recently updated and are available as well. Please feel free to share these materials with farmers in your state and contact Amy Erlandson with any questions.

5 New Things to Know About Biodiesel

You probably already know that biodiesel adds 63 cents per bushel to U.S. soybean farmers’ bottom lines. The advanced biofuel has been enhancing domestic energy security, improving the environment and creating jobs since its inception. However, if you didn’t get a chance to attend NBB’s Biodiesel Conference last month, the industry continues to grow rapidly, with product innovations, biodiesel champions and major announcements from the auto industry. Here is a rundown you can use in your communications of five important things you need to know to stay up to speed on biodiesel. For questions, please contact Austin Fallin.

State Sustainability Performance Metrics Now Available

QSSBs can now track sustainability performance metrics at a state level from 2000 to the present. A new spreadsheet provides sustainability data for 33 states, using a combination of data from public sources and from checkoff projects. The spreadsheet calculates five sustainability indicators from the Field to Market program and also includes additional data that states can use to run their own calculations. Click here for a full database overview and contact Josiah McClellan with any questions.

Defining the U.S. Soy Advantage

The term “U.S. Soy Advantage” is commonly used throughout USB’s LRSP. But how is it defined? For its message to be useful, we must deliver a consistent definition to our value chain partners. The foundation of the U.S. Soy Advantage is innovation, which is focused on investment in continuous improvement and meeting customer needs. A draft definition  defines the U.S. Soy Advantage by four main attributes: exceptional composition, consistent supply, sustainable farming practices and innovation beyond the bushel. For questions, please contact Erin Davis.

“Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist” Webinars

USB has a new opportunity for you to learn more about the soybean oil industry and how to engage end users in demand generating partnerships. For food scientists, talking about the benefits of soybean oil is a breeze. But for those who aren’t immersed in the food space every day, conversations about nutrient profiles can be intimidating. USB is offering new opportunities to help boost your confidence and ability to have conversations with people in the food industry about the benefits of soybean oil.

We will offer three webinars, featuring industry experts who will explain food science in everyday language. The first webinar on will take place on Friday, November 11, at 10:00 am CST. This webinar will focus on oil options. Learn how to:

  • Talk about what the different oils really mean to the various types of end users
  • Develop messaging and potentially an outreach plan to talk to food companies in your state
  • Identify the key players are working in this space

The second webinar will focus on a deeper understanding including nutritionist concerns, positioning GMO soy and additional information about trans fat concerns and will be held in January 2017. The final webinar will focus on how to talk to the food industry and include additional steps about moving forward and will be held in February 2017.

To register for the webinars, please contact Rachel McGrew.