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  • Benefits of early soybean planting

    Tom Steever spoke to Northern Missouri farmer, Colton Lacina, who placed in the Missouri Soybean Yield Contest non-irrigated category with more than 89 bushels to the acre. Lacina credits early planting as one of the many factors that goes into the high yields. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • 2016 Angler of the Year uses soy based biodiesel

    Tom Steever spoke to Crappie Masters tournament fisherman, Kevin Rogers, about the use of soy-based lubricants and soy-based biodiesel in his new B20 Ford truck. Rodgers says he’s amazed he went this long without a biodiesel-fueled pickup truck. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Checkoff Programs Build Soybean Demand

    Tom Steever spoke to Todd Gibson, United Soybean Board Director, about how the checkoff supported programs are building export demand for the record harvest. Gibson, who farms at Norborne, Missouri, says farmer-invested checkoff dollars develop international markets and help grow soybean profitability. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Training sessions now offered

    The University of Missouri is offering training sessions on the Xtend soybean and cotton trait, following 2016 Bootheal crop damage from dicamba application. Tom Steever spoke to Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Associate Professor and Weed Specialist, about the newly approved dicamba formulations that are designed for this technology. To find training sessions and times, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • High yielding soybeans is a result of early planting

    Missouri Soybean Yield Contest participant Thomas White says high yielding soybeans are partly the result of early planting. Tom Steever spoke to White, who made 96.5 bushels to the acre. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Winner of the Soybean Yield Contest discusses results

    Tom Steever spoke to Southwest Missouri soybean grower, Ethan Stenger, who won the irrigated category of the Soybean Yield Contest with more than 96 bushels per acre. Stenger discusses how he gets high soybean yields. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Success of the Agri- Ready County designation program

    Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, about the success of the Agri-Ready County designation program within this first year. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Importance of biodiesel

    Tom Steever spoke to Tony Stafford, Missouri Soybean Market Development Director, about the importance of biodiesel to the state’s economy. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Future soybean meetings

    Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandizing Council, who discusses future dates and locations for soybean meetings featuring issues that are important to soybean growers. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Young Leader Program

    Tom Steever spoke to Chad and Monica McCollough, Missouri Soybean's DuPont Young Leaders, about the Young Leader Program. To find out more details, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soil samples for testing is recommended

    Tom Steever spoke with Dr. Manjula Nathan, Soil Testing Lab Director, University of Missouri, who recommends that soybean growers collect soil samples for testing to determine whether nutrient levels are adequate for next year’s crop. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • United Soybean Board director takes new role seriously

    Tom Steever spoke with Meagan Kaiser, United Soybean Board Director, about her new position. Meagan is now among those who determine how checkoff dollars are spent. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Mizzou Football equipment truck powered by biodiesel

    Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandizing Council, who says the University of Missouri Tigers football equipment truck runs on biodiesel. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farms and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Bay Farm Research Facility

    Tom Steever talked with Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, about the Missouri Soybean Association’s Bay Farm Research Facility. To find out more details about the use of this farm, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soybean short courses

    Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandizing Council, who says the organization will be providing several soybean short courses throughout seven different meetings. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Ag Education on the Move

    Tom Steever spoke with Luellle Gregory, Executive Director, Ag Education on the Move, about the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council partnering with the Missouri Farmers Care so that students have an opportunity to get an education on agriculture. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Soil Testing

    Tom Steever spoke with Dr. Manjula Nathan, Soil Testing Lab Director, University of Missouri, about taking soil samples. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Building the team

    The Missouri Soybean Association is adding a member to their team. David Bigger, Director of Licensing, will begin November 1st. Learn more about this new position at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Benefits of cover crops

    Cover crops improve soil health and increase organic matter. Tom Steever spoke with Darrick Steen, Environmental Programs Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, about good reasons to consider cover crops. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Diversifying expansion

    With Agri-Ready growth comes educational growth in Missouri classrooms. Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, about Agri-Ready county expansion and diversity. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Fuel quality testing

    With Missouri’s leadership in fuel quality testing, Richard Fordyce, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, says those who use biodiesel should have confidence in what they’re buying. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Soy Transportation Cost Calculator

    The Soy Transportation Coalition has developed a simple online tool for calculating the cost benefits of differing transportation options for selling soybeans. Tom Steever spoke with Mike Steenheok, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition about the calculator.

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  • Research boost in genetic diversity

    Tom Steever spoke with Dr. Pengyin Chen, Soybean Breeder, University of Missouri’s Fisher Delta Research Center, about the main goal of helping growers make money. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Reducing foreign oil input

    Tom Steever spoke with Kevin Herdler, Executive Director, St. Louis Clean Cities Program, about the programs mission to reduce foreign oil input by promoting American fuels and technologies. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Land Stewardship

    Tom Steever spoke with Sarah Alsager, Public Information Officer, Missouri Department of Agriculture about how the the Agriculture Stewardship Assurance Program (ASAP) is rewarding farmers who are enhancing sustainability and other practices. Click here to learn more about the ASAP program.

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  • Agri-Ready

    The number of counties with Agri-Ready Designation is steadily increasing. Ashley McCarty, Missouri Farmers Care Executive Director, says economic strength is seen in these counties. Click here to find out how your county can apply for designation. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Missouri Soybean Yield Contest

    Tom Steever talked with Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, about the Missouri Soybean Yield Contest. Luce says it’s a great way for growers to compare their yields with other growers that are challenging themselves. To find out more about this competition, click here.

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  • Soybean powered biodiesel

    Demand for soybean oil can be seen at the local level. Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandizing Council, says Missouri State Fair trams are running on soybean powered biodiesel. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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  • Effects of Dicamba

    Tom Steever talked to Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Associate Professor and Weed Specialist, about soybean fields that have been injured due to dicamba. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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  • Genetic diversity’s impact on yield

    Tom Steever talked to Andrew Scaboo, University of Missouri Assistant Research Professor, about the advantages of going back to ancient wild soybean varieties in order to reignite genes lost over time. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • Advances in Irrigation

      Kelly Nelson, University of Missouri research agronomist, studies irrigation in places where water is limited. She talked to Tom Steever about how irrigation can be done on fields that once were thought of as impractical. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • Educating producers through research

      Tom Steever talked to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, about an upcoming event at the Missouri Soybean Association’s Bay Farm Research Facility that will educate producers on the latest in soy research and best practices. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • Sedentary endoparasitic nematodes

      Melissa Mitchum, University of Missouri Plant Science Associate Professor, says 92 percent of soil samples tested have been positive for nematode. Learn more on what you can do in order to manage this pest, in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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    • Expanding the Panama Canal

      Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, says expanding the Panama Canal in order to accommodate bigger shipping vessels will help U.S. farmers compete in more markets. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • The impact of biodiesel on fuel efficiency

      Biodiesel can have a big impact on fuel efficiency. Tom Steever talked to Brian Sowers, Spokesman for the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, about the environmental benefits of using soy based products. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • Soybean exports to Cuba

      Tom Steever talked with Gary Wheeler, MO Soybean CEO, about export restrictions from the U.S. to Cuba and the benefit that lifting those restrictions would have on Missouri soybean farmers. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • A look ahead

      Meat and poultry exports carry a heavy financial impact for Missouri soybean farmers. Tom Steever talked with Philip Lobo, United Soybean Board Feed Utilization Director, about the tens of millions of dollars that are expected over the next decade for Missouri soybean farms. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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    • Providing quality across the world

      The amount of pork and poultry meal being exported continues to rise. Tom Steever spoke with John Becherer, United Soybean Board CEO about how partnerships with the livestock industry are beneficial for soybean growers and the economy. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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    • The power of livestock

      Findings from a recent Soybean checkoff funded study shows soybean's biggest customer, animal agriculture, is responsible for 150K jobs in the state. Tom Steever spoke with Ryan Milhollin, University of Missouri Ag Economist and Christine Tew, Merchandising Council Communications Director about the partnership between soybean growers and livestock producers. Find a link to the study at mosoy.org.

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    • New line toward savings

      Checkoff funded research has led to several new soybean varieties coming down the line for the 2017 season. Tom Steever spoke to Andrew Scaboo, University of Missouri Assistant Research Professor, about the benefits growers are seeing from these more disease resistant seeds.

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    • County support

      Missouri's Pike County is the latest to be certified by the Missouri Farmers Care Agri-Ready Program. The program recognizes counties that support farmers and economic interests in agriculture. Tom Steever spoke to Ashley McCarty, Missouri Farmers Care Executive Director, about the designation and what it means. Learn more about Missouri Farmers Care here.

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    • Location, location, location

      They soybean cyst nematode continues to hold its place as the most economically damaging pest to growers in Missouri. Tom Steever spoke with Melissa Mitchum, Plant Sciences Associate Professor at the University of Missouri about which parts of the state have the heaviest presence of soybean cyst nematode. Determining where the issue is heaviest can help growers manage their crops better.

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    • Expanding delivery on the Panama Canal

      The Panama Canal Authority has set a date of June 26th to open an expansion that's been more than eight years in the making. Tom Steever spoke with Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition, about what the expansion means for soybean farmers. Learn more.

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    • Soil health benefits

      Erosion control and yield boosts are two of the reasons farmers implement cover crops in their fields. Researchers are also looking at how the practice impacts soil health. Tom Steever spoke with Peter Rost, Junior, New Madrid County farmer and member of the Missouri Delta Soil Health Alliance. Rost says he expects big benefits over the long-term. Learn more at MOSoy.org.

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    • Transition to soy-based products

      Soy-based products offer consumers a healthier alternative to petroleum based products. Biodiesel is one of those products. Tom Steever spoke with Kevin Rogers, Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Fisherman and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council representative. He shared his personal experience switching to biodiesel.

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    • Variety testing

      Some of the partnerships formed through the checkoff end up providing new opportunities for planting variety. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council CEO, about what this means for individual farms.

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    • Sustainable production

      Checkoff funding supports research that helps determine whether or not there are benefits to practices such as using cover crops. Tom Steever spoke with Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, about the impact the research has for farmers.

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    • Biodiesel in the classroom

      Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Missouri is the home of the Rockwood Summit Biodiesel Project. It works to educate community members on the potential of bio-fuels. Tom Steever spoke with Darrin Peters, chemistry teacher, about the project and how it's changed perceptions about renewable fuels. Learn more about the Rockwood project here.

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    • Export relations in Southeast Asia

      Thailand has a huge need for soybean meal. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean CEO, about a recent trip to Thailand and what he learned about the demand and opportunities coming from that region.

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    • Technology for profitability

      The Soy Transportation Coalition recently added an app that helps farmers determine the most profitable delivery point for their soybeans or other commodities. Tom Steever spoke with Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director, about the considerations that should be made when deciding where to deliver.

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    • Soybean breeding projects

      Robert Alpers, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Research Chairman talks about the benefits seen with non-GMO varieties of high oleic soybeans. Learn more about what the council is doing, here. In addition to food products there are new industrial uses for soybean products. More on that.

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    • Slick as Soy

      Soybeans are likely NOT the first thing you think of when it comes to crappie fishing. However, you might be surprised to know how much environmentally friendly soy based fuels and lubricants are used by the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Master's Tournament Trail. Tom Steever spoke with Brian Sowers, tournament spokesman, about the education that's come with these soy based products. To find out more about soy based products, click here.

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    • Annual soybean yield contest

      The annual Missouri Soybean Yield Contest recognizes producers across the state who excel in soybean production based on their crop yields. Tom Steever spoke with some of the regional winners, who say the contest not only highlights great work, but provides educational opportunities for fellow farmers. Learn more about the contest here.

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    • Soybean meal and Mexico

      Tom Steever spoke with Tony Stafford, Missouri Soybean Business Development Director, about the the demand for U.S. soybean meal in Mexico as it relates the aquaculture industry. He says our nation's product has a reputation for consistently high quality. Click here to learn more about soybean meal and its value as an important supplement protein for livestock, poultry and specialty markets.

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    • Biodiesel demand growth in the Big Apple

      Rural farms have a strong connection to big cities when it comes to fuel efficiency. Neal Bredehoeft, Lafayette County soybean farmer tells Tom Steever he's seeing the support for soy based biodiesel. With sustainability in mind, Spiro Kattan, New York City Department of Sanitation deputy director says biodiesel blends will continue to be used for the foreseeable future.

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    • Soybeans and the city

      New York City's municipal vehicle fleet is a great example of biodiesel at work on a big scale. With more than 11,000 diesel vehicles in operation, more than half of the biodiesel being used comes from soybean oil. Tom Steever spoke with Keith Kerman, Chief Fleet Officer, about why the use of biodiesel is so important for the city. Learn more about soy based biodiesel.

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    • Supporting soybean industry opportunities

      The Missouri Soybean Checkoff Board is instrumental in research of soy based biodiesel. Tom Steever spoke with Joe Jobe, National Biodiesel Board CEO about the state's role in the industry. Jobe will speak at the Missouri Soybean Association annual meeting, coming up on February 1, in Jefferson City.

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    • Clearing the way for export

      The checkoff supports efforts by the Soy Transportation Coalition to ensure quality infrastructure for the transport of Missouri soybeans both locally and around the world. Tom Steever spoke with Dan Engemann, Missouri Soybean Policy Director, about just how important this piece is to smooth operations.

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    • Opportunity for discussion

      Missouri Soybean works with fellow ag organizations and groups to offer events throughout the state that educate about profitablity and other topics of interest to members. Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean CEO, talked to Tom Steever about district winter meetings and what will be discussed. Find event details here.

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    • Consumer perception

      With advances in farm technology come consumer questions and concerns about food safety and practices. Tom Steever spoke with Allyson Perry, Center for Food Integrity about the importance of bringing education and awareness along with innovation.

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    • Innovation and stewardship

      Tom Steever caught up with two of the Missouri Agriculture Award winners at the Governor's Conference on Agriculture. He talked with soybean Legacy Award winner Warren Stemme, from Chesterfield, about biodiesel promotion and outreach to non-farmers. He spoke with Environmental Steward Award winner Peter Rost, from New Madrid, about his work with soil health and what it means to the industry.

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    • Panama Canal expansion impact

      Approximately 600 million bushels of U.S. soybeans annually transit the Panama Canal. Tim Gottman, Missouri soybean grower, talked with Tom Steever about his experience seeing the canal for the first time and how it gave him a greater understanding of its importance to the industry.

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    • Getting high quality fuel to Missouri pumps

      The USB touts biodiesel as clean burning with 86% less emissions than petroleum diesel. Biodiesel supports 62,000 jobs in the U.S. And it's approved by all major engine manufacturers. With all of these, and other, benefits of biodiesel, there is a market for more soy based biodiesel fueling stations in the state. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Executive Director, about how to fulfill the demand.

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    • USB investment efficiency

      Todd Gibson, Norborne, Missouri farmer, just started his third term as a United Soybean Board director. He talked to Tom Steever about efforts to manage funding in a way that benefits both the U.S. and state boards.

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    • Impact of Missouri River changes

      Modifications to the Missouri River's flow can have a major impact on growers' transportation needs. Tom Steever spoke with Dan Engemann, Missouri Soybeans, who is on the Missouri River recovery implementation committee, about how the group is working to meet the needs of farmers while also restoring and maintaining endangered species habitat along the river.

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    • Research Farm Investment

      The Bay Farm research facility is an operation funded by Missouri Soybean checkoff dollars. It's goal is to increase productivity and profitability for soybean farmers in Missouri. Tom Steever spoke with Tony Stafford, Missouri Soybean Director of Business Development and Andrew Scaboo University of Missouri researcher.

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    • Bringing diversity to nematode resistant fields

      Missouri soybean growers are investing in research that will support efforts to rid fields of the soybean cyst nematode. Tom Steever spoke with Dr. Melissa Mitchum, University of Missouri researcher, about resistance that is occuring with the parasite and the efforts to find a solution to the problem.

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    • Higher demand for biodiesel

      There may soon be greater demand for the renewable fuel, biodiesel, with California's readoption of its low carbon fuel standard. Tom Steever spoke with Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board Sustainability Director.

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