Maryland Soybean Board Requesting Research Proposals

The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) is currently accepting pre-proposals for soybean research projects for the 2023 growing season. Pre-proposals including project concepts and a brief narrative should be submitted by October 15, 2022.

“Researchers from both the public and private sectors are encouraged to submit projects that will maximize the profitability of Maryland soybean growers,” says Maryland Soybean Board Research Committee Chair Dale Brown. “The board has established a list of priorities describing areas of interest based on the needs of local farmers.

Research priorities include various aspects of soybean production and animal agriculture; however all innovative project ideas will be considered. A full listing of priorities, along with research guidelines may be found by visiting https://www.mdsoy.com/research/.

All pre-proposals must be submitted on the appropriate application form without any attachments. Researchers who plan to submit proposals to continue previously funded research are not required to submit a pre-proposal. Project selections are made by the farmer leaders who volunteer their time to serve as Directors on the Maryland Soybean Board. Applicants for which their project was selected for submission of a full proposal will be notified in early November.

The Maryland Soybean Board administers soybean checkoff funds for soybean research, marketing and education programs in the state. It is funded by farmers through an assessment of one-half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans at their first point of sale. One-half of the checkoff funds stay in Maryland for programs; the other half is sent to the United Soybean Board.

Maryland farmers grow about half a million acres of soybeans, producing more than 20 million bushels of beans each year. With a value of nearly $200 million to the state’s economy, soybeans are one of Maryland’s top crops. For more information on the Maryland Soybean Board, visit www.mdsoy.com.

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For More Information:
Danielle Bauer Farace, Executive Director
Maryland Soybean Board
443-812-4526  |  danielle@mdsoy.com

Maryland Soybean Board Accepting Proposals for Promotions

The Maryland Soybean Board is seeking proposals for projects that promote soybeans or their many by-products. Interested applicants should submit their proposals by July 15.

Projects should be for their upcoming fiscal year, beginning October 1, 2022, and should focus on soybean use and promotion. Priority areas identified by the Maryland Soybean Board include animal agriculture, consumer education, emerging markets, and farmer engagement, however potential projects are not limited to these topics.

“While farmers are facing record-high input prices, we are eager to bring new opportunities to Maryland soybean growers,” says Evan Staley, chair of the board’s Promotion and Communications Committee. “Through these projects, we strive to put more money back in farmer’s pockets.”

Applications will be reviewed by the farmer-led board and will be selected based on the greatest benefit to Maryland’s soybean industry. Applications can be found here (Word) (PDF).

About Maryland Soybean Board: The Maryland Soybean Board is funded by the national soybean checkoff program, which assesses one-half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans at the first point of sale. The board consists of ten volunteer farmer-directors and directs funds for research, marketing and education programs to benefit the Maryland soybean industry.

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For information, contact:

Danielle Bauer Farace
Maryland Soybean Board
Executive Director
443-812-4526
danielle@mdsoy.com

 

Soy Checkoff Builds Value for Maryland Soybean Farmers

Soybean Sampler 2021 ReportThe Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) recently released their Soybean Sampler Annual Report, demonstrating how the soy checkoff has worked to build value for Maryland farmers over the past year. In 2021, the farmer leaders of MSB voted to fund over $440,000 in priority projects outlined in their strategic plan including Animal Agriculture, Consumer Education, Emerging Markets, Farmer Engagement, and Production Research.

“For every dollar that is invested in the soy checkoff, farmers received $12.34 in added value,” explains MSB Chair Joshua Appenzeller. “We prioritize our investments in projects that address local issues and positively impact farmer’s operations.”

Highlights include projects to promote rural road safety by utilizing their Find Me Driving resources; build consumer trust through projects such as My Maryland Farmers and CommonGround; leadership training for farmers to benefit their communities; and a research field day that allowed growers the opportunity to learn about how checkoff funded research can be applied on their farms.

More information about these projects can be found in the Annual Report.

Administered by MSB, the checkoff is a 100% farmer-funded program that invests in research, marketing, and education to maximize the profitability of Maryland soybean producers. MSB’s Board of Directors is made up of ten volunteer soybean farmers, each appointed for a three-year term, along with ex-officio members representing agribusiness, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and the University of Maryland.

In Maryland, farmers grow about a half a million acres of soybeans, producing more than 20 million bushels of beans each year. With a value of $173 million to the state’s economy, soybeans are one of Maryland’s top crops. The checkoff program is funded by farmers through an assessment of one-half of one percent of the net market value of their soybeans at the first point of sale. One-half of the checkoff funds stay in Maryland for programs; the other half is sent to the United Soybean Board.

For more information on the Maryland Soybean Board, explore www.mdsoy.com.

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Danielle Bauer Farace, Executive Director
Maryland Soybean Board
Office: 443.812.4526
danielle@mdsoy.com

 

Safety First is Family First

Seven Steps to Reduce Stress on the Farm

Family in fieldAs the backbone of our communities, agriculture focuses on the health of farms, environment, crops and animals – but now there is a focus also on the farmer, family and farm employees. The nature of farming has unique challenges and stressors that only those imbedded in them understand.

“The topic of farm stress management and farm resiliency has gained interest in the last 18 months,” stated Shannon Dill, Extension Educator with the University of Maryland. “Whether the pandemic, markets, health care or media have increased the conversation, it is an important one to have.”

Extension programs have been stepping to the plate to help farmers. Dill is a member of an expert team of extension educators who, with the support from a NorthEast SARE grant and a partnership with USDA NIFA and Maryland Department of Agriculture, have created and expanded resource tools for managing farm stress.

While ordinary stress occurs on a regular basis, sustained distress over longer periods of time can cause safety risks for you and those around you. On the farm sustained distress can affect a person’s ability to cope, make sound decisions, and adopt new practices associated with their health, finances, regulatory, and production practices.

As spring arrives there is much to do around the farm – cleaning up from winter, preparing for planting season and timing everything just right to avoid the late frost or spring thunderstorm. It is easy to put health care and personal wellness on hold, but they should also be part of the preparations for the growing season.

Here are seven ideas to manage stress on the farm Dill recommends:

  1. Have a plan and get organized

Gather your team of family members and employees to develop a plan for activities and responsibilities. Writing out the to-do list, timeline and who is responsible will help prioritize and delegate tasks.

  1. Try to get a good night’s sleep

It can be difficult to sleep well during stressful times, but sufficient rest is key to staying healthy. Have a night-time routine in place and reduce the use of electronics.

  1. Build your support team and communicate

We all need help sometimes. Develop a team of experts, advisors, friends and family that can support you and your farming operation. And know when to ask for help. Keep communication lines open and be honest about your struggles and be willing to listen to others’ concerns.

  1. Watch your diet and nutrition

Stress eating or not eating can be tempting in times like this. A balance of fruits, vegetables, and proteins will help your body and mind stay healthy. Increase your water intake and reduce processed and fast food.

  1. Limit alcohol and other drugs

Watch your intake of alcohol or other drugs, and discuss use with a doctor or mental health professional. There are a number of resources for farmers feeling overwhelmed or hopeless.

  1. Take a time out

It is hard to imagine taking time out of the day when there is so much to do but recharging is important. Perhaps it is engaging in prayer, meditation, or physical exercise for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Just 10 or 15 minutes can help you feel refreshed and ready to focus again.

  1. Keep each other accountable

Talk with friends and family regularly to hold each other accountable to healthy habits. It is ok to ask, “Are you ok?”, “Are you sleeping alright?”, or “Have you eaten today?”

Multiple resources are available as the importance of stress management has grown. A national database of resources is available at https://soygrowers.com/soyhelp-national-resources-info/. Promoting safety efforts such as these have been made available to farmers by the soy checkoff.

More resources are available on Farm Stress Management at www.go.umd.edu/farmfamily. Choose from Financial Resources, Stress Management, or Legal Resources to find a variety of online information, guides, and tools developed to help in each of these areas.

Also, UM Extension and the University of Delaware Extension worked together to develop their publication Farm and Farm Family Risk and Resilience Guide to Extension Educational Programming. UDE offers further resources at https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/cooperative-extension/nutrition-wellness/got-your-back/.

The goal of all these efforts is to raise awareness, provide training and build educational resources for communities struggling with mental and behavioral health challenges.

 

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