U.S. soybean farmers have been using conservation practices and sustainable measures for decades. United Soybean Board Freedom to Operate Action Team Chair Bill Beam says the sustainability of U.S. soy is an important factor to customers both at home and abroad. Beam says managing the land, air and water to make sure inputs needed are available to grow a quality crop each year while simultaneously planning for the future is a delicate balance. Realizing water quality is a localized issue – the soy checkoff recognizes four soybean farmers for outstanding water stewardship in their own communities. These four farmers are Terry McClure of Ohio, Mike Starkey of Indiana, Jimmy Thomas of North Carolina and Hans Schmidt of Maryland.
Learn more about soybean farmers and their sustainability practices at United Soybean dot org (www.unitedsoybean.org).