April 2024

April 1, 2024


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On the Cover
Soybean oil is an important component to AgCertain's operations throughout Iowa, says Dan Oh, president and CEO of AgCertain. See 'Certain About Soy on page 12 for more information on this Iowa-based company. 

Executive Insights: Sea of soybeans
Despite Brazil's growing soybean production, the U.S. maintains transportation, storage and sustainability advantages.
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Rural Route 2: Farming in heaven
Remembering the impact Secretary of Ag Bill Northey and past ISA President Wayne Fredericks had on Iowa agriculture.
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The power and potential of soyfoods
The demand for Soyfoods is increasing in the U.S. thanks to soy's high protein content, health benefits and versatility.
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'Certain' about soy
AgCertain establishes new markets for soybean oil by creating ingredients for thousands of products using Iowa soybeans. 
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A new frontier for biofuels: Marine and rail
An increased focus on using clean fuels in marine and rail transportation creates greater demand for soy-based biofuels. 
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2023 soybean seeding rate trial results
Recent trail data helps farmers determine optimal seeding rate to maximize return on investment when purchasing seed.
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Jorgenson named ISA 2024 Policy Champion
Former ISA President Jeff Jorgenson honored for his unwavering dedication to Iowa agriculture and the soybean industry.
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Singh joins Iowa Soybean Research Center as co-director
Iowa Soybean Research Center at ISU looks to expand research and educational activities with Danny Singh as co-director.
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When the heat is on: How soybeans grow
Research funded by the soybean checkoff seeks to understand how heat stress impacts soybean growth at a molecular level.
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When the heat is on: Microbial soil health
High temperatures found to impact soil microbes and the role they play in soybean adaptation to stress and high heat.
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