Soybeans Can be Used to Seal Concrete And Make Better Shoes, Says United Soybean Board Chairman Jim CarrollWed, 16 Dec 2020 08:59:24 CST
Our highways and driveways could soon be sealed with a soybean oil product and that has Jim Carroll III, Brinkley, Arks., farmer and Chairman of the United Soybean Board, excited about the prospects.
Carroll was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.
Just as with checkoff funds for beef, dairy and eggs, soybean farmers invest a portion of their product revenue to research and promote new products.
I am always looking for something new and the Soybean Board has been looking at new industrial uses for soybean oil, Carroll said.
A concrete sealer using soybean oil holds great promise.
They're using it because it is environmentally safe and does a good job, he said.
Carroll said they are also looking at consumer goods, shoes and tires, but the sealer is really something special, he said.
I think it is the most positive thing we've had in a long time, Carroll said.
The fourth-generation farmer credits the many uses of soybeans for the strong market price.
I think it has a lot to do with the Chinese, the elections and the pipeline getting thinner, Carrroll said.
I think as the world moves along and you see the environmental impact, all these things we raise are sustainable and renewable, Carrroll said.
This pandemic has brought this to the front, he said.
On a related note, Carroll said highspeed rural broadband access is very important to the success of soybean farmers.
On the farm you have things like GPS on our tractors and planters and market information that we need, is all important he said.
It's just the way of the world as we have tractors that can tell us more than we need to know, he said.
For 2021, the Arkansas farmer said there's a lot of new things they're looking at.
If we can start looking at different things and make it better for consumers and agriculture, we're doing some good things and I see it coming, Carroll said.
Click on the listen bar below to hear more of KC's interview with Jim Carroll.
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