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Soy News March 1999

 

Arkansas Board Allocates Funds for Research

The Arkansas Soybean Promo-tion Board met on March 3 to review checkoff collections and determine its funding level for soybean research for the 1998-99 fiscal year. The task was made more difficult this year by low prices and reduced production levels which created a significant reduction in total checkoff dollars collected. The Board determined that the total funding commitment for the year would be set at $1.1 million, about a half million dollars below the previous year funding level. The specific research projects and the level at which they were funded are included in this edition of Soynews

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Soybean Board to Co-sponsor Soybean Promotion Program

At its March 3 meeting the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board committed $2,500 to co-sponsor the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Program. The Board will co-sponsor the program along with the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, with assistance from the United Soybean Board. The program is developed by Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation to provide recognition to county Farm Bureaus for outstanding efforts in promotion of soybeans and thereby encouraging the local promotion of soybeans, soy products, and the soybean industry. The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board's commitment will be utilized to provide for materials to be used by counties in their promotion *(See Co-Sponsor, back page) Co-sponsor (cont'd) efforts. The materials are being included in kits prepared by the United Soybean Board and will include posters, display material, slide sets, brochures and pamphlets, and samples of various products made from soybeans. A handbook will be distributed by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation providing details about the program including how county Farm Bureaus can participate and enter in the awards contest. Cash awards will be presented to counties judged to have conducted the best soybean promotion program during the year.

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Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board 1998-99 Research Project Allocations

IMPROVING SOYBEAN PROFITABILITY

  • Low Input Nonirrigated Soybean Production:
    $40,176.26
  • Rotational and Tillage Systems to Control Soybean Cyst Nematode:
    45,381.45
  • Adaptability of Soybeans to Arkansas Moisture and Nutrient Environments:
    23,515.84
  • Rice and Soybean Production on Soils Adversely Affected by Poor Irrigation and Water Quality:
    48,387.48
  • Effect of Subsoiling and Related Practices on Silt Loam and Heavy Clay Soils:
    6,026.83
  • Integration of Resistant Soybeans with a Biological Control Agent for Suppression of the Soybean Cyst Nematode:
    53,582.25
  • Surface Irrigation Alternatives for Irrigated Soybean Management:
    16,749.01
  • Effects of Cropping Systems on Soybean Seed Quality and Seed-Infecting Fungi:
    13,980.96
  • Economics of Soybean Production:
    29,517.48
  • Evaluation and Incorporation of Varieties (Transgenic-Roundup Ready and Conventional) in Differing Arkansas Soybean Production Environments and Cropping Systems:
    31,157.30
  • Low Input soybeans on heavy clay:
    8,199.06
  • Helping Arkansas rice farmers exploit market opportunities by improved use of soybean, wheat and corn in rice rotations:
    29,019.81
  • Effects of Tillage, planting date, plant population and genotype on severity of charcoal rot in soybean:
    29,536.59
  • Developing cost effective weed management systems:
    91,598.44
  • Weed Interference and Weed Management:
    57,463.77
  • Variety Testing in a Greenhouse for Disease Resistance:
    32,399.32
  • Field Screening of New Soybean Cultivars for Performance Against Major Diseases and Nematodes:
    58,578.98
  • Soybean Variety Testing:
    13,817.67
  • Breeding Improved Varieties and Germplasm:
    40,353.45
  • Optimizing Variety Selection to Improve Yield:
    13,811.59

BASE PROGRAMS

  • Weed Biology/Ecology:
    $20,263.14
  • Soybean Drought Tolerance Research:
    43,990.91
  • Soybean Adaptation to Restrictive Soil Environments:
    35,064.88
  • Soybean Research Verification Program:
    69,527.86
  • Improving Technology Transfer for Profitable and Sustainable Soybean Production:
    57,416.00
  • The Relationship of the Environment to Sudden Death Syndrome and Stem Canker:
    40,996.17
  • Molecular Separation of Races of Soybean Cyst Nematodes:
    24,843.85
  • Improving the Adaptation and Diversity of Arkansas Soybeans:
    44,740.46
  • Extraction and Characterization of Food Grade Pectins from Soy Hull:
    33,377.30
  • New and Innovative Programs Investigation and Application of Whole Farm Systems Approach to Crop Production Management:
    $16,398.12
  • Commercialization of Soy Hull Carbon Absorbants: Waste Water Treatment and Sugar Decoloring Applications:
    40,126.76

TOTAL $1,110,000.00

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Farmer-leaders examine challenges, prioritize issues

United Soybean Board farmer-leaders recently set an aggressive agenda for the soybean checkoff that will help guide checkoff investments next year. Board members singled out and prioritized eight issues and strategies at the first USB Evaluation and Planning Meeting, which was held January 30-31 in Atlanta.

Given the challenges and opportunities U.S. soybean farmers will likely face over the next year or so, it was necessary for the full Board to place the issues on the table to determine how the soybean checkoff will best be able to address them, says USB Chairman Bob Eilts of Central City, Nebraska.

The group ranked these issues as most important in developing fiscal year 2000 soybean checkoff action plans:

  • Increase farmer knowledge and awareness of the soybean checkoff's ability to enhance soybean farmers' opportunities for profit, which would ensure the continuation of valuable marketing and research programs.
  • Proactively address the importance and potential impact of genetically improved soybean products on worldwide markets.
  • Improve compositional qualities in soybean varieties to enhance the market position of all soy products.
  • Establish criteria to achieve the most effective and efficient resource allocation of checkoff dollars.
  • Proactively address the impact of restrictive international trade issues on the growth of soybean exports.
  • Address near-term declining farmer revenues and the resulting decline in available checkoff investments.
  • Enhance consumer recognition of edible and industrial soy products.
  • Assist soybean farmers to enhance profit opportunities in both the identity-preserved and generic soybean markets. Finger-jointed lumber can now be made more efficiently with soy-based adhesive. Soy-based wood adhesive is just as strong and more environmentally friendly than the petroleum-based products it's replacing.

At its March 3 meeting the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board committed $2,500 to co-sponsor the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Program. The Board will co-sponsor the program along with the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, with assistance from the United Soybean Board. The program is developed by Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation to provide recognition to county Farm Bureaus for outstanding efforts in promotion of soybeans and thereby encouraging the local promotion of soybeans, soy products, and the soybean industry

The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board's commitment will be utilized to provide for materials to be used by counties in their promotion *(See Co-Sponsor, back page) Co-sponsor (cont'd) efforts. The materials are being included in kits prepared by the United Soybean Board and will include posters, display material, slide sets, brochures and pamphlets, and samples of various products made from soybeans. A handbook will be distributed by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation providing details about the program including how county Farm Bureaus can participate and enter in the awards contest. Cash awards will be presented to counties judged to have conducted the best soybean promotion program during the year.

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