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The long and the short of it: high oleic soybeans offer immediate gains and long-term demand for Nebraska farmers

Harvest, High Oleic, USB, United Soybean Board

Farming is like any other family business. You make day-to-day decisions on what’s best for your business right now. But you are also focused on the long-term, making decisions that will ensure your business’s viability for the next generation.

Nebraska soybean farmers now have a marketing opportunity that fits very well with this business acumen.

High oleic soybeans offer farmers premium opportunities to impact their business now, with long-term customer potential to reach 18 million acres, which would make it the fourth-largest crop in the United States, behind corn, commodity soybeans and wheat.

Premiums vary depending on location. Gregg Fujan, a soybean farmer and soy checkoff farmer-leader who farms near Weston, Nebraska, understands the importance of high oleic’s premiums to Nebraska farmers.

“Throughout history, we’ve seen specialty crops gain momentum during times of lower profit,” Fujan says. “And I think right now, farmers will be looking to capture that premium as another profit opportunity.”

Fujan also sees the long-term business potential of high oleic soybeans. “These varieties help provide the high quality oil our food customers need and help create sustainable demand for U.S. farmers.”

Changes in federal policy and consumer attitudes to trans fats have cost soybean farmers more than 4 billion pounds in soybean demand. But high oleic soybeans have zero trans fats, so it is poised to win back that lost market volume without taking away demand for commodity soybean oil, which still meets the needs of many food and industrial customers.

Today, high oleic soybeans are grown on more than 625,000 acres – primarily in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, and including areas of Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula.

With so many states teaming up with Nebraska to grow soybeans, the food industry is taking notice of high oleic soybeans. New locations are being added every year, and current programs are expanding their offerings.

“As soybean farmers, we have to try new things and open new markets to increase our profitability,” says Fujan.

Farmers can find locations requesting high oleic soybeans and their delivery options at SoyInnovation.com.



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