Checkoff Points Out Sustainability on Earth Day
Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 8:01 pm
ST. LOUIS. (April 22, 2011) – The 41st anniversary of Earth Day marks a good time to recognize the commitment of U.S. soybean farmers to grow their crops in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
“We’ve practiced sustainability on our farm my whole life,” says David Wilson, United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-leader. “Preserving the soil and streams is engrained in me,” says the Alabama soybean farmer, who also leads USB’s Sustainability Initiative.
Through modern production practices and tools, U.S. soybean farmers have increased yields sustainably, which will be necessary to feed a growing world. The United Nations estimates food production will need to increase 50 percent to adequately meet needs by 2030.
U.S. farmers have been able to increase the amount of crops they produce on the same amount of land to keep pace with the increase in global population. Better soybean varieties and modern production practices afford farmers the ability to achieve increased yields while protecting the environment.
“U.S. soybean farmers have to be sustainable to keep our land productive,” says Wilson. “I’m a third-generation farmer, and we’ve improved the condition of our soil over the past 40 years.”
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.
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