The soybean checkoff supports the U.S. animal agriculture and aquaculture sectors, which are the leading consumers of U.S. soybeans. USB recently created a special initiative to help further increase demand for U.S. soy by helping develop the aquaculture market. Checkoff-funded research shows this growing sector has the potential to use millions of bushels of U.S. soy in the future.

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.

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