US - US soybean farmers continue to provide their international customers with reliable, quality products, and those customers have once again rewarded them with big purchases.
In the 2013/2014 marketing year, the United States exported over two billion bushels of US soy, valued at more than $30 billion.
The year got off to a fast start, exceeding the predicted export numbers in early 2014 and finishing strong with record-size crops starting to come out of the fields.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, the 2013/2014 export total includes more than 1.6 billion bushels of whole US soybeans, meal from 484 million bushels of US soybeans and oil from 161 million bushels. This total represents 62 per cent of US soybean production from last year.
“US soybean farmers are committed to meeting global demand with a quality product,” says Dwain Ford, United Soybean Board International Opportunities Target Area Coordinator and soybean farmer from Kinmundy, Illinois.
“These export numbers prove that US soy is a highly valued product in the global marketplace and that US soybean farmers are doing our job.”
Top buyers of whole US soybeans in 2013/2014 include:
• China: 1.013 billion bushels
• Mexico: 124 million bushels
• Indonesia: 75 million bushels
Top buyers of US soybean meal in 2014 include:
• Mexico: meal from 68 million bushels of US soybeans
• Philippines: meal from 59 million bushels
• Canada: meal from 45 million bushels
Top buyers of US soybean oil in 2014 include:
• Mexico: oil from 36 million bushels of US soybeans
• China: oil from 35 million bushels
• Dominican Republic: oil from 22 million bushels
The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximise profit opportunities for all US soybean farmers.
These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of US soy meal and oil, to ensure US soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of US soy’s customers.
As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.
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