Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed September 2016 as Soybean Month, in recognition of Wisconsin soybean growers and their significant contribution to the state’s economy. Last year, Wisconsin grew 92.6 million bushels of soybeans, with a soybean production totaling $787 million. Animal agriculture—including livestock, fish and poultry—is the top consumer of soybean meal.
According to the 2016 Soybean Month Proclamation, animal agriculture accounted for 145,500 Wisconsin jobs in 2014, with an economic output of $20.5 billion and $3.7 billion in earnings. Wisconsin soybean growers continue to have a great impact on the state’s economy: In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Wisconsin farmers will harvest a record amount of soybeans this year.
The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board notes that Wisconsin’s 11,000 soybean growers fuel the state’s economy in several ways. While animal agriculture is the largest consumer of soy meal, Wisconsin soybeans are also used to produce soyfoods such as tofu and soymilk. In addition, Wisconsin is a major exporter of soybeans. Approximately 65 percent of the state’s soybeans are exported, with much of the demand coming from China.
For details about Wisconsin-grown soybeans and the many ways they contribute to our way of life, visit the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board website at www.wisoybean.org. #
The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) is a grassroots, farmer-led organization that leads efforts in soybean research and the expansion of soybean market opportunities. Established in 1983 as part of a Wisconsin-mandated checkoff, the board works every day to maximize the profitability of Wisconsin soybean producers. It builds soybean demand, creates new uses for soybeans, and focuses on soybean disease research. WSMB is committed to providing statewide soy education and outreach programs that inform consumers about the benefits of soy. It offers a comprehensive soy curriculum for educators, and partners with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom to provide Soybean Science Kits and lessons that increase agricultural literacy.