Chuck White, Iowa Soybean Association District 1 Director and soybean farmer from Spencer, brought high oleic soybean oil to use at the Kiwanis Daybreakers' restaurant during the Clay County Fair to help introduce the soybean oil byproduct to the public. (Photo: Kriss Nelson/Iowa Soybean Association).
Working to make high oleic soybean oil an industry standard
September 22, 2022 | Kriss Nelson
To help introduce high oleic soybean oil to the public, Chuck White, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) District 1 Director and soybean farmer from Spencer, brought the soybean byproduct to the Kiwanis Daybreakers restaurant during the nine-day run of the Clay County Fair.
“I wanted to make sure the consumers had the opportunity to have the highest quality, healthy oil available to them at the Clay County Fair,” he says. “We have a lot of folks come through, and we want to make sure they understand this is the best oil they can ever buy.”
Paul Brenner, a Kiwanis Daybreaker member from Spencer says the use of high oleic soybean oil at the restaurant has been well received. (Photo: Kriss Nelson/Iowa Soybean Association).
The offering was well received.
Paul Brenner, a Kiwanis Daybreaker member from Spencer, volunteers during the fair to help work at the restaurant. He was not only helping to spread the message of the use of high oleic soybean oil, but he was also receiving great feedback.
“With the new oil this year, it’s the best French fries we have served at this place,” says Brenner. “The fries are the same. Everything is the same except for the oil. It must be the oil.”
White is a large proponent of high oleic soybean oil. He not only raises high oleic soybeans, he represents the soybean industry when possible to speak on behalf of the by-product and uses it himself.
“Not only do farmers receive a premium for growing high oleic soybeans, it helps the soybean industry,” says White. “We have competitors out there – canola oil, sunflower oil. We must be the leaders in moving this product forward.”
Brad Aronson, a Kiwanis Daybreakers member from Spencer, was getting a firsthand experience cooking with the high oleic soybean oil.
“It’s great. It’s clean, and it tastes good,” he says.
Paul Kassel retired Iowa State University field agronomist from Spencer, was also volunteering at the Kiwanis Daybreakers.
“It’s great to have the local presence using soybean oil that could have been made from soybeans grown right here in our county that has better health attributes and better frying capabilities,” he says.
From food to industrial uses such as the grease being used on White’s combine to asphalt, high oleic soybean oil has a spot in the market.
“I think it will become a standard for the industry,” says White. “We want to get more availability on the store shelves.”
For now, White sees a future for high oleic soybean oil at the Kiwanis Daybreakers’ restaurant at the Clay County Fair.
“It will be used forever if I have anything to say about it.”