U.S. soybean farmers can now apply for the United Soybean Board’s (USB) free See for Yourself (SFY) program, which will enable 10 U.S. soybean farmers this year to witness for themselves how the soybeans they grow are used in animal feed at home and abroad, in biodiesel, in fish farming, and even as a mainstay in a school-lunch program. As you learn, you can also evaluate how soybean-checkoff investments help foster this utilization every step of the way.
Interested U.S. soybean farmers may complete an application now through March 30 on the USB website atwww.unitedsoybean.org.
“‘Seeing is believing’ has become the theme of this program,” says program participant Rick Stern, who raises soybeans on his farm in Cream Ridge, N.J. Stern also serves as chair of USB’s Audit & Evaluation (A&E) Committee.
“The program allows soybean farmers to see how multifaceted their checkoff is, and how our soybeans are being used both here in the United States and internationally,” he says.
The weeklong program, scheduled to take place July 29-Aug. 4, will also enable U.S. soybean farmers to meet industry representatives using soy, as well as some of the men and women who help lead the checkoff.
“The program lets U.S. soybean farmers see how their checkoff works, develop relationships with the farmer-leaders who represent them and come away with knowledge about how their checkoff dollars are put to use,” Stern says.
Stern and other USB farmer-directors who serve on its A&E Committee oversee the See for Yourself program and other efforts to help ensure all U.S. soybean farmers see a return on their soybean checkoff investments.