USB'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Almost every facet of our society has faced daily challenges surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As representatives of U.S. agriculture, the leaders and staff of the United Soybean Board, through your soy checkoff, remain committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe, high-quality product by continuing our work to support farm families and the soy supply chain. We’re all connected in our livelihood and are dedicated to addressing the challenges we face together to serve U.S. consumers.

Soybean separatorUSB’s farmer-leaders and staff continue to stay engaged with our peer organizations across the various commodities and soybean value chain to mitigate any potential uncertainties in the U.S. food system and share important messages about the ongoing resiliency of hardworking farmers who serve as its foundation. All the while, USB continues to work closely with the U.S. Soybean Export Council, American Soybean Association and Qualified State Soybean Boards to protect and minimize the impacts to our farmers and the soybean supply chain.

In the soybean market specifically, our farmers who grow, tend and harvest soybeans are the first essential partners in this process. But they are only one link in a robust supply chain. We also rely on truck drivers, processors, crushers, merchandisers, retailers and exporters to fulfill our duty. These people continue to work hard and adapt to these difficult and changing times, and to them we are grateful.

USB is also working to keep our farmers, key stakeholders and the media informed. We are continuing to support domestic and international programs to create opportunities for U.S.-grown soybeans. Our staff continues to analyze market conditions, examine trends, stay connected with the industry and build new relationships and programs to help ensure soy remains a reliable source of food, fiber, fuel and more during, and after, this health crisis.

We’re continuously monitoring the situation and following guidance for best practices and safe work protocols from the proper authorities. USB has always placed a premium on face-to-face relationships and has fully adopted technology that helps us stay connected to farmers and other value chain partners. As our farmer-leaders work to ensure the implementation of programs to drive demand and value, we have embraced virtual organizational communications technology like never before.

We have made great progress in the new environment we’ve been living in since the beginning of the pandemic, and we are resolute in doing all we can to keep moving things in the right direction as we carry out the work of the soy checkoff. The global priority continues to be containment of this outbreak, and our thoughts remain with everyone who has been personally affected by COVID-19. Our industry has been tested time and time again, and we are helping where we can and doing what we do best — providing a high-quality product for our customers and communities and collaborating with our partners to find the best solutions.

We have continued farming, safely and effectively. Despite the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers can rest assured knowing soybean farmers continue to plant, grow and harvest a reliable, sustainable and high-quality crop to provide for the world’s needs. And our soy checkoff is working for you.

If you’re dealing with stress from COVID-19 or other farm hardships, USB has partnered with the American Soybean Association to provide #SoyHelp resources devoted to the well-being of our farmers. Farmers take on a lot of things solo. Stress doesn’t have to be one of those. Click here to learn more.

Resources:

  • The U.S. Soy community recognizes that farmers are faced with varying levels of stress resulting from a host of concerns, the coronavirus pandemic, weather issues, market disruptions and other farm stressors.
  • Visit the mental wellness hub on the USB website here for resources from the #SoyHelp Program and other tools.
  • For more information on other resources available to farmers amid COVID-19, please visit usda.gov/coronavirus and farmers.gov.