The checkoff has worked with Ecuadorian shrimp producers to improve soy-based feed for the crustaceans, and with the developing relationship, the country has the potential to use 160,000 metric tons of U.S. soybean meal a year.

European Union

Pigs say oui to U.S. soybean meal in the European Union (EU), where poultry and livestock farmers use the product as a protein source for animals of all shapes and sizes. In the last year, member countries imported 3.04 million metric tons or 110 million bushels of U.S. soy, an increase from previous years.

The EU could import even more U.S. soy. Checkoff farmer- leaders have made improving biotech acceptance a priority in the region and have joined with their counterparts from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay to form the International Soy Growers Alliance (ISGA). This group, which represents 90 percent of the soybeans grown across the globe, regularly meets with European officials to help increase market access.

Thanks to checkoff efforts coupled with a smaller than expected South American harvest, whole U.S. soybean exports to the EU have grown 179 percent in the last year.


Turkey’s animal agriculture is growing, growing, growing, like many other countries. Agricultural products account for 14 percent of Turkey’s total exports, including 1.6 million tons of broiler meat, and the country imports U.S. soy to use as feedstock for its 800 million broilers.

In the last marketing year, Turkey imported about 22 million bushels of whole U.S. soybeans. If soybean meal is counted as well, the figure reaches 32.8-million-bushel equivalents.

Turkey, which is nestled between Europe and Asia, also serves as a shipping point for U.S. soy products to markets in the region that the American soy industry doesn’t have the infrastructure to reach, including many parts of the former Soviet Union.

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