Almost every facet of our society has faced challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As representatives of American agriculture, the leaders, staff and farmer-directors of the United Soybean Board, through your soy checkoff, are committed to doing everything we can to support farm families and the soy supply chain in providing a high-quality product to our customers.
USB continues to keep our U.S. soybean farmers, key stakeholders and the media informed. We remain focused on domestic and international programs to create opportunities for U.S.-grown soybeans. Our team continuously analyzes market conditions, examines trends, maintains connections with the industry, and builds new relationships and programs to ensure soy is a critical driver in world nutrition during, and after, this crisis. Several significant projects that reinforce soybean demand and build profit opportunities for farmers have recently been completed or reached key milestones thanks to the commitment of USB farmer-leaders, staff and our partners who continue our work safely.
The virus has impacted communities and segments of agriculture related to soy, including livestock producers, biofuels, restaurant operators and their respective supply chain partners. Today’s farmer seldom grows just one crop or raises one type of livestock. We’re all connected in our livelihood and are dedicated to addressing the challenges we face together to serve U.S. consumers.
USB remains engaged with our peer organizations in the poultry, pork and corn businesses, among others, to do what we can to overcome any disruption to the U.S. food system. All the while, USB focuses on working even more closely with the U.S. Soybean Export Council, American Soybean Association and Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs) to protect and minimize the impacts on 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.
We will continuously monitor the situation and follow guidance for best practices and safe work protocols from the proper authorities. USB has always placed a premium on face-to-face relationships but has adopted technology that helps us stay connected to farmers, value chain partners and our customers. As our farmer-leaders work to ensure the implementation of checkoff programs to drive demand, we are embracing virtual communications technology like never before.
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 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, reliable and sustainable product for our customers and communities and collaborating with our partners to find the best solutions.
We are still farming. And our soy checkoff is still working for you.