ARKANSAS SOYBEAN MONTH 2019
November has been proclaimed as Arkansas Soybean Month by Governor Hutchinson to acknowledge the soybean industry and the economic impact it has in the state of Arkansas. Each year, millions of acres of soybeans are harvested, bringing in billions to our state's economy.
ASPB invites all Arkansans to join in the celebration of Arkansas's soybean producers by visiting its website throughout November. There, you can find recipes, learn about the many careers in agriculture, listen to podcasts on the latest research and meet the leaders who serve on the ASPB. Also, be sure to watch The Soybean Brand Documentary, a short, two-and-a-half minute video offering a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to sustain this valuable industry.
More than corn, rice, sorghum and wheat combined, soybeans rank as the state’s largest row crop. Approximately half of Arkansas's soybeans are exported, while the rest remain within the state to be produced into vegetable oil or soyfeed for Arkansas livestock and poultry.
"Arkansas Soybean Month is intended to educate Arkansans how crucial soybean production is to the state's agriculture industry. We are very proud of our soybean producers, and this is just one way we honor them," said Rusty Smith, chairman of the board and Prairie County soybean grower. "Remember, we are local, so our consumers are important to us. We're a great team from the inside out, and we're grateful."
The state is an ideal place for this particular crop to thrive, as it's been a success for 90 years. "We've got the soil, we've got the water, we've got the climate, we've got the farmers, who just work their hearts out for it," said Cynthia Edwards, deputy secretary of agriculture at Arkansas Agriculture Department.
We kicked Arkansas Soybean Month 2019 off with a visit to Governor Hutchinson's office. Pictured below: Cynthia Edwards, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Mark Lambert, ASPB Administrator; Rusty Smith, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board Chairman; Governor Asa Hutchinson; Joe Thrash, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board Member; Wes Ward, Secretary of Agriculture .