The Kansas Soybean Association held their annual meeting in Topeka on January 11, 2012.  Two local farmers were honored for their excellent yields even in a year that left many frustrated.  Albert Strickland of Oswego was awarded a plaque and  $200 for his  2nd  place soybeans.  He planted Pioneer 94B73  and had a yield of 56.47 bushels per acre .   Getman Brothers from Cherokee County had a yield of 61.63  bushels per acres with their Pioneer 94Y70 for 1st place in Southeast Kansas.   They received $300.

Soybeans play a major part in the economy of this area but they also provide nutrition for citizens in poorer countries.  Some farmers in the United States as well as other countries donate the proceeds from 1 acre of their soybeans to help supply soybean products to countries where starvation is an everyday issue.  The program is called The Acre Challenge Campaign.  WISHH (World Initiative for Soy in Human Heath) is based in the ASA world headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a 501 c3 foundation.  WISHH has worked with numerous private voluntary organizations and commercial companies in 23 different developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central America, training people how to use soy for economic and nutritional advantages. Many of these groups are using U.S. high-protein soy to improve diets and health as well as encourage growth of food industries in developing countries.  Kids are kids. Their journey to health, happiness and a productive life starts with good nutrition no matter whether home is Minneapolis, Maputo or Mumbai. They need protein.

Soy is also important as part of our efforts at sustainable fuel.  Biodiesel is safe, biodegradable, and produces less air pollutants than petroleum-based diesel.