The United Soybean Board

Go Beyond the Bean and get the latest information on animal agriculture, biodiesel, production and other soybean-related issues.


Production Research

VSB allocates nearly 50 percent of its operating budget each year to production research. Learn about these dollars in action through the Virginia Soybean Update.

Click here to view 2014 VSB-funded projects.

Click here to view 2013 VSB-funded projects.

Click here to view 2012 VSB-funded projects.

Soy Uses

From biodiesel for machinery to feed for poultry, livestock and fish, the soybean’s versatility makes it a valuable resource in many aspects of life. Containing protein-rich meal and oil, soy can be used for a variety of food, feed and industrial uses. The soybean checkoff invests in expanding new and existing markets for soybeans, including specific markets for meal and oil. Soy can be found in your home, garage or your local hardware store

Environmentally Responsible
Soy is a safe, renewable, biodegradable resource that offers a natural alternative to harmful chemicals like petroleum and formaldehyde. Many soy products reduce carbon and VOC emissions.

Economically Sustainable
It’s simple – soy is grown in fields throughout America. It’s an abundant resource, and using it helps reduce our dependence on foreign petroleum. When you buy soy, you’re helping to support American jobs, the economy and our nation’s energy security.

Efficient &Practical
Many soy products are just as effective as their petrochemical counterparts. Often they’re even more effective. Soy can deliver excellent lubricant quality, solvency in cleaners and durability in plastics. Studies show that increasing the use of soybean oil in items like paints, cleaners and soaps actually increases the supply of soybean meal used for food.