Maryland Soybean Board seeking new ways to use, promote the ‘Magic Bean’

Soybean BoardSALISBURY — Got any bright ideas on how to use soybeans, or soy byproducts? Or new ideas on promoting “the magic bean”?

If so, the Maryland Soybean Board would like to hear from you.

The all-farmer board, which administers the national soybean checkoff program, in Maryland, is accepting proposals for funding projects in the areas of soybean promotion and use. The board is particularly interested in projects that reach out to groups such as moms, “foodies,” and medical personnel. In addition, the board seeks projects that promote agricultural literacy to audiences ranging from elementary ages through adulthood. While these audiences are a priority for the board, potential projects are not limited to these topics and audiences.

“The soybean in all of its forms — oil, protein, meal or the whole bean — is found in literally hundreds of products which we use — or eat — every day,” said Bill Langenfelder, an Eastern Shore farmer who is  chairman of the board’s Promotion  and Producer Communication Committee. “But we are always anxious to hear new ideas for using and promoting our product at different events and venues.”

The Maryland Soybean Board was first formed in 1980 and became a part of the congressionally authorized federal program in 1991. Since then, the board has invested more than $1 million to fund or support commodity promotion and education projects.

Written proposals with detailed budgets are due in the board office no later than July 31. The address is Maryland Soybean Board, PO Box 319, Salisbury MD 21803.

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 www.mdsoy.com.

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