U.S. Soybean Farmers Increase Support of Domestic Aquaculture
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 8:03 pm
ST. LOUIS (March 28, 2011) – Partnerships between U.S. seafood producers and U.S. soybean farmers continue to produce results as both seek ways to improve the U.S. aquaculture sector as a sustainable source of nutritious finfish and shellfish.
The United Soybean Board (USB), which administers U.S. soybean farmers’ checkoff investments, along with state soybean checkoff boards fund projects to benefit domestic aquaculture producers. Most of these projects fall into one of two categories:
1. Research to enhance aquaculture production, including:
Researching new soybean traits that to improve soybean meal characteristics for aquaculture diets
Educating consumers, the food industry and health care professionals on these benefits
Protein-rich soybean meal proves to be a sustainable replacement for the fishmeal traditionally used in aquaculture feed rations. Feeding soybean meal instead of processing fish meal will help prevent depletion of certain wild fish populations.
“U.S. soybean farmers support the interests of all U.S. animal farmers, including aquaculture producers, in order to help protect our number one market for our crop,” said USB Director David Wilson, a soybean farmer from Lincoln, Ala. “We’re interested in making U.S. soybean meal as good as it can possibly be for our customers.”
Health experts at the American Heart Association and other organizations recommend people eat finfish or shellfish twice a week. However, the United Nations says the world’s wild fish population won’t be able to meet this demand. U.S. aquaculture producers can help fill that gap, meeting the demand that nature cannot.
USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.
For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit us at www.unitedsoybean.org