Soy Products to Shine at Maryland Ag Fairs

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The Maryland Soybean Board is seeking one or two agricultural fairs to demonstrate the benefits of soy-based products such as biodiesel, cleaning supplies, dust suppressant or building materials.

The Maryland Soybean Board consists of ten volunteer farmer-directors, and administers the federal soybean checkoff programs in the state.

The Maryland Soybean Board consists of ten volunteer farmer-directors, and administers the federal soybean checkoff programs in the state.

Maryland’s agricultural fairs and expos have a long tradition of showcasing the best fruits, vegetables and livestock produced from rural landscapes. So they seem like a natural venue to demonstrate soy-based products.

The Maryland Soybean Board is seeking one or two fairs to demonstrate the benefits of soy-based products such as biodiesel, cleaning supplies, dust suppressant or building materials. Through a competitive application process, the board will provide approximately $7,000 in reimbursement funds to select fairs that will use soy-based products. Fair managers should complete the application found on the board’s website (http://www.mdsoy.com) and include a plan to integrate soy-based products into daily operations, fair activities and/or improvement projects. Fairs are encouraged to apply for funding amounts between $3,000 and $5,000.

Applications are due March 2.

The Maryland Soybean Board is funded by the national soybean checkoff program, which supports soybean research, marketing and education projects.

Maryland farmers plant about 500,000 acres of soybeans each year, and the crop generates approximately $188 million in value to the state. The Maryland Soybean Board consists of ten volunteer farmer-directors, and administers the federal soybean checkoff programs in the state. Under the soybean checkoff, one half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans is assessed at the first point of sale to support programs to benefit the soybean industry.

About Maryland Soybean Board: The Maryland Soybean Board administers soybean checkoff funds for soybean research, marketing and education programs in the state. One-half of the checkoff funds stay in Maryland for programs; the other half is sent to the United Soybean Board. To learn more about the Maryland Soybean Board, visit http://www.mdsoy.com.

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Susanne Zilberfarb
Maryland Soybean Board
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