When it Comes to Sustainability, U.S. Soy Leads by Example

Soy Checkoff Farmer-Leader Jim Carroll recently spoke on a world stage about the excellent sustainability performance of U.S. soy. At the World Soybean Research Conference in South Africa - Carroll told attendees about the practices he's implemented to decrease his farm's carbon footprint while maintaining high productivity.

He says the conversations he had at the conference reinforced what the checkoff already knew - that global soy customers place a high priority on sustainability. After his presentation - Carroll says several people from around the world asked him for more information about sustainability. He says the issue is constantly gaining importance.

According to the soy checkoff - many U.S. soy customers consider sustainability an important issue. The U.S. soy industry has received good marks in several reports and studies conducted by the checkoff measuring the sustainability performance of various aspects of U.S. soy production.

More than 50-percent of farmers said in recent polls that they made changes to improve the sustainability performance of their farm. In the last 30-years - the checkoff notes U.S. farmers have reduced energy use and greenhouse gas emissions while increasing irrigation efficiency per bushel of soybeans by more than 40-percent.

For Carroll - sustainability is about trying to make reasonable, economic and environmental decisions for his farming operation. Carroll says today's farmers are probably already working to improve their farm's sustainability - whether they know it or not. He says all farmers want to make the best decisions possible for their land and operation.

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