(Left to right): Ankeny Police Sergeant Mark Moeller, Detective Kris Lindell, Electronic Storage Detection K9 Sandy and Sergeant Corey Schneden with the Ankeny Police Department’s new set of wheels. (Photo: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association)
Iowa Soybean Farmers Recognize Local Law Enforcement with Donation of Soy-Based Tires
May 1, 2023 | Bethany Baratta
Ankeny, Iowa – Their job description means they work 24/7, 365 to keep communities safe. They protect life and property through the enforcement of laws and regulations. Their best effort is required every shift, every day.
During National Law Enforcement Appreciation Month in May, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is showing its gratitude by equipping three Ankeny Police Department vehicles with sets of Goodyear Eagle Enforcer All Weather tires that include soybean oil in the tire tread. With checkoff support, soybean farmers are recognizing local law enforcement while drawing awareness to soy’s versatility in everyday products.
“We appreciate the hard work and dedication of local law enforcement and are proud to know the department can rely on soy while keeping our communities safe,” says Randy Miller, ISA president from Lacona.
These specific Goodyear Eagle Enforcer All Weather tires incorporate soybean oil within the tread compound to deliver superior traction in dry, wet and snowy conditions while enhancing tread life and reducing petroleum usage when compared to other tires.
“The donation of Goodyear Eagle Enforcer All Weather tires with soybean oil by the Iowa Soybean Association means that the department will be able to continue toward its goal of using equipment that is use more sustainable and eco-friendly,” says Corey Schneden, sergeant for the Ankeny Police Department. “This donation will help the police department reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner environment.”
The tires donated by the ISA will be placed on an unmarked Ankeny K9 unit and two fully-marked patrol vehicles, used to circuit city streets.
With financial support from the United Soybean Board through checkoff investments, Goodyear championed the use of soybean oil in its tire products in 2017, calling it a “naturally derived, cost-effective, carbon-neutral and renewable tire technology.”
“Farmer investment and support in the research and development of new products containing soybeans continue to generate significant wins for consumers, the environment and our industry,” says Miller. “The use of soybean oil in tires is a perfect example of our checkoff dollars driving demand, innovation, and partnership.”
The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.