The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is developing a non-GMO, high oleic soybean variety called TruSoya. CEO Tom Slunecka says this trait offers great potential for farmers and consumers. “This bean is amazing. It provides the high oleic content needed to dispel the trans-fat issue, but it also carries omega-3 oil. This oil will have that added benefit included already in it. When you eat that plate of French fries, you’re going to be eating the healthiest oil you can along with something that tastes pretty darn good.” The goal is to have limited production next year and enough seed for 100,000 acres by 2020. With demand for the TruSoya bean, Slunecka sees an opportunity for investment in processing projects. “There are several groups that are thinking about expanding in northern Minnesota, which is a really large production area for food-grade beans.”
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