Empire Clean Cities and the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Associations (NYCSGA) are partnering to promote and support the growing soybean farming community in New York State. Locally grown soybean crops can be used in a variety of different products, serving as a feedstock to several industries in New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley.
SOYBEANS in New York state
- NY Soybean production has increased an estimated 65% (from 198k to 305k) in acreage & 38% in value of production (from $47M to $125M) since 2006 according to the USDA's NY Annual Bulletin.
- According to Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, soybeans grown in NY are somewhat higher in protein content (34% vs. 37%) & lower in oil content (16% vs. 18.5%) than soybeans grown in the Corn Belt.
- In recent years, many farmers and Cornell researchers have been planting soybeans as a cover crop to protect the soil, promote crucial nutrient recycling processes, and foster integrated pest management (IPM) strategies.
primary Soy-based products + USe
- Food companies use soybean as a legume (edamame), as a cooking oil (soybean oil), as a meat-replacement (tofu), as a flour (soy flour), as an additive (soy lecithin), or as a dairy alternative (soy milk).
- Domestic poultry, meat, and aquaculture industries incorporate soybean meal in feedstocks.
- Soybean oil makes up about ~50% of US domestic biodiesel feedstock
- NYC requires all heating oil be at least a 2% blend of Bioheat, containing biodiesel feedstocks like soybean.
Benefits of soybeans + biodiesel
- National Institute of Health links soy protein with heart health as it may slightly lower levels of bad cholesterol.
- Soybean is a high oleic oil that is high in unsaturated fat, low in saturated fat, and has no trans fat, which makes it an ideal choice for food companies to preserve a product's flavor and shelf-life.
- Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning, renewable alternative to petroleum diesel, reducing GHGs by up to 86%.
- ~80% of original equipment manufacturers support the use of biodiesel blends of at least B20 in their existing diesel vehicles.
Who can benefit from soybean Farming?
- Local New York State soybean farmers and rural economies
- Restaurants and larger food & beverage industries
- Fleets or anyone else interested in reducing emissions and high performance alternative fuels
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