The United Soybean Board, American Soybean Association and U.S. Soybean Export Council Tuesday announced the creation of a U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol to ensure international markets for U.S. soy remain open.
The groups created the protocol as a way to outline the industry's expectations of sound environmental objectives, social responsibility, promoting economic growth and improvement in technology and cultural practices.
Further, groups say it is an opportunity for the soybean industry to show international customers who are currently reviewing their sustainability requirements for suppliers that U.S. farmers are already meeting high standards for sustainable soy production.
"In the past, consumers and farmers have not always agreed on what it means to be sustainable," said Richard Fordyce, Missouri soybean farmer and chair of the USB Freedom to Operate Action Team.
"By introducing the U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol, we're showing farmer dedication to sustaining the natural resources and rural communities that are so important to everyone, and we're backing it up with third-party measurement and verification so our customers have confidence in U.S. soybeans," Fordyce added.
Educational materials on the program will be available later this summer on the USB website. The materials will ensure farmers understand the components of the agreement and its measurement standards.
"For our future as individual farmers and as an industry, the U.S. soy family is demonstrating that we understand the expectations of our customers and assuring them our product is sustainable according to their definitions," Fordyce said.
Source: United Soybean Board