Kaiser: Soybean checkoff “keeps us going”

An officer of the United Soybean Board says the work of the check-off has been crucial for getting through tough times on the farm.

Meagan Kaiser and her husband Mark were hit by floods in northern Missouri from a broken levee and were able to harvest only 50 acres of beans. She says, “I’ll tell you one of the biggest things that really has kept my husband and I going and hopeful for the future of agriculture is that while we were dealing with all of this day-to-day on the farm, we continually had the checkoff working on our behalf. To build demand, build our international markets, and continue research and development on the supply side.”

She says the checkoff has always been proactive in building new markets. The Kaisers hosted Chinese buyers last year on their farm, “So that when other things were no longer an issue, that they would continue to know where the soybeans were from, they would know our family, see the way that we were producing them and we’re able to exhibit the sustainable way that WE grow soybeans in the United States.”

Kaiser says she’s excited about the growing list of new uses for soybeans, “One of the initiatives that I’m really excited about that we have just kind of unveiled is the use of soybeans in asphalt.”

Kaiser is treasurer of the United Soybean Board and a soil scientist at Perry Laboratories. She and her husband grow corn and soybeans in Carrollton, Missouri. They are members of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

Brownfield interviewed Kaiser at the 2020 American Farm Bureau Convention in Austin, Texas.

Interview with Meagan Kaiser at 2020 AFBF Convention

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