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Livestock is soybean growers best customer

The offerings and exhibits at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days have certainly changed over the years as has Wisconsin agriculture. Twenty-five years ago one would probably not pay much attention to anything regarding growing soybeans in the state but that has changed dramatically.

Bob Karl with the Wisconsin Soybean Association says the introduction of varieties suitable for growing in this state, the use of soybeans in the dairy ration and now the input cost advantage have all contributed to increased acreage in the Badger State. “Animal feed is our number-one customer,” says Karl and that is why the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and the Wisconsin Soybean Association are focusing on the dairy, cattle and pork producers out there. “We’ve worked with the Pork Producers, with the Professional Dairy Producers and with the Dairy Business Association here in Wisconsin and it has really worked out well for us.”

AUDIO: Bob Karl talks about the soybean industry in Wisconsin 2:14

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