The United Soybean Board has a new strategic plan, focusing on innovation, health and nutrition and infrastructure. Valley City, North Dakota farmer Matt Gast is working on the innovation priorities for the soy checkoff. “We’re trying to stay ahead of the game; there are lots of things happening with biologicals, biofuels and aviation.” Gast considers the proposed soybean crush facilities an innovation opportunity for North Dakota. “We are a top exporter of whole soybeans in the country and with the two new proposed plants coming, that will consume 66 percent of the state’s beans.”
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