Senate Ag Committee hears how bio-based products create jobs

The Senate Ag Committee held a hearing Thursday morning to highlight the contributions that bio-based products are making to jobs and the U.S. economy.

John McIntosh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Signature Crypton Carpet and member of the Biobased Products Coalition led by the American Soybean Association, spoke as a witness.

He described how naturally renewable soybean oil is an important component of their carpet and synthetic turf products, and how their partnership with the United Soybean Board to replace petroleum based products and develop the new technologies in bio-based material is important.

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McIntosh says USB is a great inspiration to move forward with the technology.

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Senator Thune agrees with McIntosh that the infrastructure is there, but he says it needs support.

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Dennis Hall, the Assistant Director of the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center, was another witness testifying about the success of soy-based products.

He told lawmakers that innovators in his state are using soybeans to make several products like cleaners, lubricants and even tractor parts.

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Hall says another interesting biobased innovation involves waste from the swine industry.

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It makes a person wonder – what do you suppose those shingles smell like on a hot summer day?

The soybean checkoff has invested significant soybean farmer resources into developing soy products for the bio-based market. USB maintains an ongoing catalogue of soy-based products and manufacturers online.