Pa. Soybean Board Offering Research Grants

12/22/2012 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Soybean Board is accepting grant applications for projects designed to improve the efficiency and profitability of Pennsylvania’s soybean producers.

Research projects that focus on the production and marketing of soy meal and soy oil, as well as issues related to freedom to operate and challenges and opportunities for soybean customers, will be considered for funding. All proposals must demonstrate benefits for soybean farmers.

“Soybean research and promotion is essential to Pennsylvania soybean producers,” said Daryl Alger, chairman of the Pennsylvania Soybean Board. “Success for soybean farmers in today’s market takes more than just a good harvest. Increasing demand for soybeans and supporting our primary domestic end-user, the livestock producer, is an essential part of the equation.”

Last year, the board, an all-farmer group that administers the program, provided more than $250,000 in funding grants for research projects to benefit soybean producers.

Additional funding is now available for new research proposals designed to benefit soybean producers in the state. The deadline for applications is Feb. 5.

“We encourage investigators with new and challenging ideas to submit proposals for research that may expand profit opportunities for soybean producers,” Alger said. “We’re always eager to hear about ideas for growing, using or marketing soybeans.”

Every year, the Pennsylvania Soybean Board sits down with soybean researchers to learn about the progress of current research projects and review new proposals. Recent projects have included research in support of Pennsylvania’s dairy, swine and poultry producers, research on weed and insect control, crop cover effectiveness in fixing nitrogen, and the effects of manure application on soybeans.

Proposals for research focusing on soybean production, utilization, education/information and marketing with a demonstrated benefit to soybean producers will be considered.

Specific issues identified as research priorities by the board are listed in the Research Proposal section of, but are not limited to these areas.

Grant application forms are available online at The board will hear grant request presentations and select grant recipients in February.

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