The North Dakota Soybean Council believes research, marketing, promotion and education play a vital role in creating knowledgeable, competitive and profitable soybean farmers.

The Soybean Council works with North Dakota State University to expand its industry.

Graduate and undergraduate students are involved in world-class research at NDSU. For example, the state’s soybean acreage was limited to 500,000 acres in Red River Valley in the mid-1980s. Production research led to the development of new varieties, enabling soybean production across the entire state. Farmers planted a record 6 million acres in 2014 and production continues to be strong.

“Our investments in NDSU have resulted in significant advances in soybean production statewide and the ability to provide state-of-the-art marketing and risk management education to soybean farmers and their international customers,” said North Dakota Soybean Council Chief Executive Officer Diana Beitelspacher.

Leader in the industry
North Dakota is a leading exporter of whole soybeans. More than 70 percent of its soybeans are exported primarily to Southeast Asia, with China as the No. 1 buyer. Soybeans are also marketed to other states for domestic use. Soybean farmers fund research, marketing, promotion and education, along with other key programs, through a checkoff, which represents one-half of one percent of the value of the sale.

Investing in research and education
The council invests annually in production research at NDSU and has also made major, multi-year investments in NDSU’s Northern Crops Institute, Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse and the Center for Risk and Trading. The Northern Crops Institute promotes and markets soybeans, in addition to other crops, throughout the world. The council, often in cooperation with other major trade and soybean groups, sponsors training in soybean trading and risk management, soybean procurement, milling processes and other programs for their international customers.

Soybean farmers benefit from research conducted at the Research Greenhouse, where NDSU researchers work diligently to find solutions to soybean producers’ greatest production challenges. The Center for Risk and Trading is the nation’s only university laboratory dedicated to biofuels and agriculture. Soybean farmers receive intensive marketing, and risk and trading training. International customers also participate in soybean trading and procurement courses.

1862 Society
The North Dakota Soybean Council is a member of the 1862 Society, which is the highest level of recognition from the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association. The society honors individuals and organizations with accumulated gifts, or outright gifts or pledges of more than $1 million to the university.




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