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Maryland Soybean Assn. Seeks New Ways to Use and Promote "Magic Bean"

Date Posted: June 19, 2014

Salisbury, MD—Got any bright ideas on how to use soybeans, or soy byproducts?

Or new ideas on promoting “the magic bean” which continues to win acclaim as a major health food?

If so, the Maryland Soybean Board would like to hear from you.

The all-farmer board, which administers the national soybean checkoff program, in Maryland, is accepting proposals for funding projects in the areas of soybean promotion and use.

“The soybean in all of its forms — oil, protein, meal or the whole bean — is found in literally hundreds of products which we use — or eat — every day,” said Mike Harrison, a Woodbine grower who is chairman of the board’s Promotion and Producer Communication Committee.

“But we are always anxious to hear new ideas for using and promoting our product.”

The Maryland Soybean Board was first formed in 1980 and became a part of the congressionally authorized federal program in 1991.

Over the past quarter century, the board has invested more than $1 million to fund or support commodity promotion and education projects.

Written proposals are due in the board office no later than July 1.

The address is Maryland Soybean Board, PO Box 319, Salisbury MD 21803.

For further information, call Sandy Davis, executive director, 410-742-9500.

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