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In 1964, the Iowa Soybean Association was founded. That same year, Iowa soybean farmers grew an average of 30 bushels per acre. The 121-million-bushel crop was worth $311.5 million.

Fast-forward 50 years and the industry continues to flourish in ways only imagined by our early pioneers.

This year, Iowa farmers are expected to harvest more than 500 million bushels of soybeans, or an average of 51 bushels per acre. We may also exceed the value of last year’s crop, estimated at nearly $5.3 billion.

Research programs funded by the soybean checkoff and overseen by ISA farmer leaders and staff have helped make these results happen by increasing and protecting yields. Simultaneously, the association continues to increase domestic and global demand for soybeans. Soybeans are now an economic juggernaut and the nation’s No.1 ag export.

Now that’s progress past and present soybean leaders can be proud of.

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