Innovating Industrial Uses for Soy

Consumer demand for sustainable products continues to increase, and soy is ready to deliver. For artificial grass, soy plays a significant role in the product’s sustainable success from golf courses to playgrounds and lawns.

Woody Green, a soybean farmer from South Carolina and director on the United Soybean Board, says artificial grass can stimulate real profits for soybean farmers, as consumer demand for sustainably made products continues to grow…

“It’s a great solution for companies that are looking to replace synthetic ingredients in their products. For the turf, the soy-backing replaced a product that’s made with petroleum. Switching to soy helps the company lower carbon emissions, improve air quality and provided some price stability for the manufacturer. After the first companies saw success with our product, others have jumped on board. Even some government agencies have started exploring the use of our products to help meet new water reduction requirements and regulations. We’re seeing more and more demand for our sustainable U.S. Soy in these products.”

Green says the Soy Checkoff plays a key role in products like these coming to market by partnering with companies, universities and other interested groups to conduct research into new uses for soy…

“It constantly amazes me how flexible and adaptable soy is in industrial uses. I’m a big supporter of making checkoff investments in industrial uses, and this year, USB invested in several new promising and innovative concepts again. Each new industrial use provides a new market for our soybeans and creates profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers, and that’s what the Checkoff’s really all about.”

Whether it’s artificial grass, asphalt, soy-based plastics or hundreds of other items, there’s always opportunity to use soy for that. More information is available online and Green encourages all soybean farmers to learn more about the uses of their crop…

“They can learn more about that at www.unitedsoybean.org to see success stories and impressive markets being developed for our beans. And, I’d encourage farmers to do so. It’s beneficial for us to know where our soybeans are going and about how and where our checkoff dollars are being used.”

Another great resource to visit is soynewuses.org about all the products that soy is in. Stay up to date with the latest information from the United Soybean Board Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Eastern on RFD-TV.