Maryland Soybean Board Seeking New Ways to Use, Promote the 'Magic Bean'

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All-farmer board accepting proposals for funding projects in areas of soybean promotion and use.

The Maryland Soybean Board is accepting proposals for funding projects in the areas of soybean promotion and use.

The Maryland Soybean Board is accepting proposals for funding projects in the areas of soybean promotion and use.

The soybean in all of its forms — oil, protein, meal or the whole bean — is found in literally hundreds of products which we use — or eat — every day.

The Maryland Soybean Board is seeking bright ideas on how to use soybeans or soy byproducts, along with new ideas on promoting "the magic bean."

The all-farmer board, which administers the national soybean checkoff program, in Maryland, is accepting proposals for funding projects in the areas of soybean promotion and use. The board is particularly interested in projects that reach out to groups such as moms, “foodies,” and medical personnel. In addition, the board seeks projects that promote agricultural literacy to audiences ranging from elementary ages through adulthood. While these audiences are a priority for the board, potential projects are not limited to these topics and audiences.

“The soybean in all of its forms — oil, protein, meal or the whole bean — is found in literally hundreds of products which we use — or eat — every day,” said Bill Langenfelder, an Eastern Shore farmer who is chairman of the board’s Promotion and Producer Communication Committee. “But we are always anxious to hear new ideas for using and promoting our product at different events and venues.”

The Maryland Soybean Board was first formed in 1980 and became a part of the congressionally authorized federal program in 1991.

Written proposals with detailed budgets are due in the board office no later than July 1. The address is Maryland Soybean Board, PO Box 319, Salisbury MD 21803.

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