Almost every facet of our society has faced daily challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. As representatives of American agriculture, the leaders and staff of the United Soybean Board, through your soy checkoff, have 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.
USB’s staff has engaged our peer organizations across the various commodities and soybean value chain to communicate about overcoming disruptions to the U.S. food system and share important messages about the resiliency of hard-working 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 truckers, processors, crushers, merchandisers, retailers and exporters to fulfill our duty. These people continue to work hard to adapt during 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 our work 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 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, we have embraced virtual organizational communications technology like never before.
We have made great progress in the new environment we encountered earlier this year, and we are resolute in doing all we can to keep pulling things in the right direction as we carry out the work of the soy checkoff. The global priority is to contain this outbreak, and our thoughts are 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 year’s challenges, consumers can rest assured knowing soybean farmers harvested a strong crop to provide for the world’s needs. And our soy checkoff is working for you.
- 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.