Senate Hearing on Rural Job Growth Scheduled

Ag Committee will look at growing jobs in rural America.

Published on: Jul 14, 2011

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., says her committee will hold a hearing Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to focus on growing jobs in rural America. The American Soybean Association is pleased that the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, which collaborates with the Ohio Soybean Association, is participating in the hearing.

"This hearing underscores the benefits of the efforts of ASA, soybean farmers, and the companies that are making soy biobased products to grow and create jobs, displace petroleum, and improve the environment," said ASA Chairman Rob Joslin, a soybean farmer from Sidney, Ohio. "ASA and the soybean industry have and will continue to lead efforts to establish and expand federal programs and policies that support and promote the development of biobased products."

Companies that produce soy based products, including members of the Biobased Products Coalition, have also been invited to participate in the hearing. John McIntosh, vice president sales and marketing for Signature Crypton Carpet will describe how naturally renewable soybean oil is an important component of the BioCel and EnviroCel backing on their carpet and AstroTurf, as well as other carpets and synthetic turf products. The soybean oil used in carpet backing and other biobased products provides multiple environmental and economic benefits, including creating new jobs in the United States.

"Today, there are many biobased products produced from soy," Joslin said. "These include biobased chemicals and consumer and industrial products such as cleaning products and lubricants, as well as soy foam that is being used in furniture and automotive interiors. Together we have created jobs, while helping to develop new markets for soybeans, which create demand and value for ASA's members, all soybean farmers and rural communities."

ASA is a leader and founding member of the Biobased Products Coalition, a group of companies, both small and large, that make biobased products and ingredients, and agricultural organizations that represent the feedstock providers for the biobased products.