Maryland Soybean Board Invests in Promotion

For the 2021 fiscal year, the Maryland Soybean Board has invested over $190,000 in projects to promote soybeans and their many by-products. The board of farmer directors identified target areas of funding as Animal Agriculture, Consumer Education, Emerging Markets, and Farmer Engagement.

“The overall goal is to maximize the profitability of...Read More »

Burrier Re-Elected to USB Executive Committee

The Maryland Soybean Board congratulates Belinda Burrier on her re-election to the United Soybean Board (USB) Executive Committee for 2021. Burrier was first elected to the Executive Committee this past year and was one of the first two individuals from the East Coast to serve in this role.

“I am...Read More »

SAM Wins Maryland Soybean Board Naming Contest

SAM highlights slow moving vehicles and will be featured in road safety education for drivers.

With more than 90 entries coming in from across the country, Marylander Natalie Grasso came up with the winning name for the character naming contest. “SAM”...Read More »

New Specialty Soybean Contracts Available to Mid-Atlantic Farmers

Soybean farmers in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have new access to specialty contracts and their premiums to grow high oleic soybeans.

Mid-Atlantic farmers can lock in new premiums by selecting high oleic soybeans for the 2021 growing season....Read More »

Burrier Elected First Female Chair of Maryland Soybean Board

Belinda Burrier, Chair, Maryland Soybean Board

Belinda Burrier of Union Bridge has made history in the local soybean industry since beginning her term on the Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) in 2011. Burrier was the first woman to serve on the board; was...Read More »

MSB Launches Road Safety Campaign with Naming Contest

As combines take to the fields to harvest fall crops, the risks of accidents on rural roads rises. Slow-moving vehicles (such as farm machinery, animal-drawn vehicles and construction equipment), are identified as traveling at speeds of 25 m.p.h. or less, and can pose a serious risk to drivers who are...Read More »

MSB Seeks Research Projects

The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) is looking for research projects focused on soybean production and animal agriculture for the 2021 growing season. Pre-proposals are now being accepted through October 15, 2020.

“We encourage researchers to submit new project ideas that align with our priorities,” says Joshua Appenzeller, Chair of the MSB...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Seeks Projects to Promote Soybeans

If you have an idea to use or promote soybeans or its many byproducts, the Maryland Soybean Board would like you to submit a proposal for their coming fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020. 

The all-farmer board, which administers the national soybean checkoff program in Maryland, is accepting proposals for funding...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Invests in Research

As part of its mission to serve soybean farmers in Maryland, the Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) awarded 17 research project grants totaling an investment of $185,387 that best met research priorities within soy utilization, production research, and market alternatives.

“The Board is entrusted with investing checkoff dollars in projects that will...Read More »

New Officers and Executive Assume Duties for Maryland Soybean Board

(SALISBURY, MARYLAND) – Brian Johnson of Westover has been elected Chair of the Maryland Soybean Board. Johnson succeeds Travis Hutchison of Cordova, who reached the term limit for chair, but remains on the board to complete his director’s term.

Linda Burrier of Union Bridge was elected Vice-Chair and Curt Lambertson of Stockton was elected Treasurer...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Designates New Executive Director

The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) is pleased to announce the selection of Danielle Bauer as the newly appointed Executive Director. 

“Danielle has established a good working relationship with farmers and stakeholders across Maryland,” stated Travis Hutchison, MSB Chair. “I am confident that she will be an excellent executive director for our soybean board...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Seeks Research Proposals

(SALISBURY, MARYLAND) – September 10, 2019 – Soybean researchers seeking funding from the Maryland Soybean Board for new soybean research projects to be conducted during the 2020 growing season are asked to submit a “pre-proposal” by Oct. 15.

“The pre-proposal process gives us the opportunity to greenlight projects that are aligned...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Seeks Changes to Improve Road Safety

Auto crashes involving farm vehicles or equipment can be costly both in terms of property damage and injuries, and in some circumstances, result in fatalities. The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) wants to minimize these occurrences.

“We’ve had many farmers report of incidents where they had to drive off the...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Seeks Executive Director Applicants

The Maryland Soybean Board is accepting applications from experienced, reliable and task-oriented individuals for the position of Executive Director. The ideal candidate will be familiar with Maryland agriculture, highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of prioritizing tasks and building strategic partnerships.

The Executive Director serves the board and will be responsible for performing a number of administrative...Read More »

MSB encourages Farmers to Win the War on Weeds with Workshop and Farm Tools

As weeds take a greater toll on crop yields, the Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) is encouraging Mid-Atlantic farmers to take action to prevent the spread of herbicide resistant weeds.

“If weeds are identified in their earliest stages, we can make a plan to control them before they overtake a field,” stated...Read More »

19 Farmer-Leaders Appointed to United Soybean Board

Maryland’s Belinda Burrier was one of 12 returning directors sworn in to the United Soybean Board at its annual meeting Dec. 6 in St. Louis.

A total of 19 farmer-directors were appointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Burrier, of Union Bridge, and William Layton of Vienna represent Maryland on the...Read More »

Top Ways the Soybean Checkoff is Responding to the Tariff

(SALISBURY, MARYLAND) – September 13, 2018 – China’s tariff on U.S. soybeans is a hot topic, and although the soybean checkoff program does not engage in policy work, it has been working to soften the blow.

About half of the U.S. soybean crop is exported, with China representing about 60...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Funds Soybean Research

Pest and disease management for soybeans is the focus for research projects funded by the Maryland Soybean Board for 2019. The board approved 16 projects for funding, totaling $200,814 in checkoff dollars invested.

The Maryland Soybean Board administers soybean checkoff funds for soybean research, marketing and education programs in the...Read More »

Davis Retires From Maryland Soybean Board

(SALISBURY, MARYLAND) – July 27, 2017 – After nearly four decades of service to the Maryland Soybean Board, Sandy Davis is retiring effective Sept. 30.

Davis, who began her career with the soybean board March 3, 1980, has been executive director of the board since 1995. During her career, she also...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Seeking New Ways to Use, Promote the 'Magic Bean'

SALISBURY, MD. (July 3, 2017) – Got any bright ideas on how to use soybeans, or soy byproducts?

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...Read More »

High Oleic Soybeans Thrive in Maryland

2017 marks the sixth season of high oleic soybeans. Currently grown throughout the soybean belt, these varieties allow farmers to offer end-use customers an American-grown, highly functional oil without sacrificing performance.

Beginning in limited areas of Ohio in 2011, high oleic has gradually expanded over the years to 12...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Farmers Improve Sustainability of Crop

(SALISBURY, MARYLAND) – June 2017 – When Maryland’s soybean farmers began planting this spring, they did so with the sustainability of the state’s natural resources as a top priority, as evidenced by a recent review of government data released by the United Soybean Board.

Thanks to the responsible use of...Read More »

Farmers Advised to Scout for Kudzu Bug

(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) – June 1, 2017 – Kudzu bug, an invasive insect, has been identified in nine Maryland counties and growers should be vigilant, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Kudzu bug, originally from Asia, has been found in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St....Read More »

Maryland farmers urged to try new approaches on Palmer Amaranth

Herbicide-resistant weed vexes Maryland, Delaware growers

(May 19, 2017) – Farmers facing glyphosate- and ALS-resistant Palmer amaranth in their fields will need to take an integrated approach to managing the weeds this season and preventing further spread, says Ben Beale, University of Maryland Extension ag agent.

Beale, who works in Southern...Read More »

Maryland Farmers: On Ag Day, commitment to land, water shines

By Travis Hutchison, Chairman, Maryland Soybean Board

(March 17, 2017) – As we recognize 2017 National Ag Day on March 21 and Earth Day next month, we begin another year in the fields. I’ve been thinking about the ways things have changed on our family farm from my father’s generation to...Read More »

Maryland’s Heilman and Miller to attend 2017 Soybean Leadership College

(SALISBURY, MARYLAND) – Maryland farmers Amanda Heilman and Wes Miller will attend the 2017 Soybean Leadership College Jan. 10-12 in St. Louis, Mo.

Heilman, of Worcester County, Md., is a seed sales representative for Pioneer Brand Products at Perdue Agribusiness. Miller, of Cecil County, is herdsman at Chesapeake Gold Farms,...Read More »

William Layton Appointed to United Soybean Board

(VIENNA, MARYLAND)  – Working for Toyota for eight years before coming home to farm has given William Layton a unique view on the need for volunteer leadership in the Ag Community.  “A company like Toyota has a legal dept, a lobbying division, a research and development department, a HR...Read More »

Five Reasons to Be Thankful for Maryland Farmers

SALISBURY, Md. (November 21, 2016) – Nothing defines Thanksgiving as much as the turkey and all the trimmings. So it’s natural to think of the farmers who raised the feast and be thankful for the fruits of their labor.

Here are five reasons to be thankful for Maryland farmers this holiday:

  1. According...Read More »

University of Maryland Student Attends Biotech University

Jacob Taylor, a graduate student of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, recently completed Biotech University thanks to a scholarship from the Maryland Soybean Board.

Taylor, of Elkridge, Md., completed the one-day course held at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix...Read More »

Officers Elected for Maryland Soybean Board

(SALISBURY, MARYLAND) – Travis Hutchison of Cordova, Md., has been elected chairman of the Maryland Soybean Board. Hutchison succeeds William Layton, who has retired from the statewide board after reaching the term limits.

Brian Johnson of Westover was elected vice chairman and Danny Saathoff of Denton was elected treasurer at the...Read More »

Spicer Named Director on Maryland Soybean Board

Salisbury, MD. (October 11, 2016) – Jason Spicer, a 39-year-old row crop farmer from Dorchester County, is the newest member of the Maryland Soybean Board.

Spicer began his first three-year term on the board on Oct. 1, succeeding William Layton, who farms near Vienna. Layton completed the...Read More »

Maryland farmers must find voice in growing consumer sustainability narrative

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Aug. 31, 2016) – While there isn’t a consensus from consumers on the definition of sustainability when it comes to food and farming, the fact that it is an important topic to consumers means Maryland’s farmers should participate in the discussion.

That was the key...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Funds Research

While experts already know how the kudzu bug spends its summers – destroying crops by munching on kudzu vines and other hosts, including soybeans – researchers want to know more about how these insects spend their winter.

That’s the focus of two studies funded by the Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) this...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Seeking New Ways to Use, Promote the 'Magic Bean'

All-farmer board accepting proposals for funding projects in areas of soybean promotion and use

SALISBURY, MD. (June 2, 2016) – Got any bright ideas on how to use soybeans, or soy byproducts? Or new ideas on promoting “the magic bean”?

If so, the Maryland Soybean Board would like...Read More »

Farm-related jobs exceed graduates in the field

Max the Sprout

Maryland Soybean Board debuts farm career website

SALISBURY, MD. (May 31, 2016) –  Agriculture – no pun intended – is a growing field.

Over the next five years, college graduates with degrees related to food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment can expect to see an average...Read More »

For Maryland Farmers, Every Day is Earth Day

The Laytons.

Three times a week, I go out running around a path that I made around three of my soybean fields. Not a single day goes by that I don’t think about the connection between this land and my family.

Earth Day is a day when we all think about the...Read More »

Baltimore Parents Will Cheer Soy-Backed Synthetic Lawn

Soy Turf

Baltimore, MD. (APRIL 05, 2016) – The fields around the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park aren’t the only things greening up this spring. Inside the Exhibit Barn, a soft green synthetic “lawn,” featuring a soy-based backing, has sprung up.

And that is going to make...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Wins Maryland Cattlemen’s Association Award

Alan Hudson and ScottBarao

Hagerstown, MD. (March 29, 2016) – The Maryland Soybean Board received the Top Hand Award from the Maryland Cattlemen’s Association during its annual convention earlier this month.

The Top Hand Award recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to the benefit of...Read More »

Maryland Farmers Are Breaking Records


Cover Crop Program Sees Best Participation Yet

(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) – A small airplane swoops low over a field of golden soybeans, and then zooms back up into the air before making another round at Schmidt Farms, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

“What we’re doing is an aerial...Read More »

This Thanksgiving Season Be Thankful for Maryland’s Family Farms


November 25, 2015 – Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and fellowship. For Maryland family farmers, it’s also a time to be thankful that the year’s crops have been harvested and that their animals have had another year of superior care.

Recently completed USDA census data has found that that...Read More »

Know Your SCN Numbers

Click here to download the latest information on SCN and find out how to have your soil tested.

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Ice Cream is Part of This Farm’s Story

Chuck Fry

SALISBURY, MD. (July 19, 2015) –Ice cream may be ubiquitous to summer, but for one dairy farmer in Tuscarora, Md., this sweet treat is much more, it’s part of his family’s story. In 2009, Chuck Fry, and his wife, Paula, were looking for a way to diversify the income from...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Funds Research

SALISBURY, MD. (June 16, 2015) – A multi-year project lead by the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor the nutrient quality and the age of groundwater as it leaves farm fields along the Upper Chester River continues in Queen Anne’s County.

Funding the project for the 2015-2016 year has been approved by...Read More »

Farm Stewardship Certification Program reaches 100-Farm Milestone

Smithsburg, Maryland (May 6, 2015): The 100th Maryland farm to be certified for achieving the highest level of environmental stewardship was recognized May 6th a ceremony outside Smithsburg, Md.

Gardenhour Orchards, operated by Bill Gardenhour and his family, received the Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program (FSCAP) certificate and sign from...Read More »

Maryland Farmers Plant Record-Setting Cover Crop Acres

Dave and Linda Burrier

SALISBURY, MD. (March 3, 2015) – On a cold winter’s day with their fields blanketed in snow, farmers Dave and Linda Burrier don’t get a day off. There’s paperwork to do – lots of it. Maryland farms like Burrier Farms, located in Union Bridge, have to file a nutrient management...Read More »

Summer Fairs to Feature Soy Product

SALISBURY, MD. (June 8, 2015) – Two Maryland fairs will showcase the versatility of “the miracle bean” thanks to support from the Maryland Soybean Board.

First up is the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair, July 18-25 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center in Sharpsburg. This year, nearly all printed...Read More »

Kudzu Bug Update

The University of Maryland reports they have found the kudzu bug in Anne Arundel, Calvert, and Prince George’s Counties on kudzu vines.

Another person has also reported the insect on kudzu vines in Charles County to the SEED network online. The university has collected egg masses from Anne Arundel and Calvert...Read More »

Maryland Soybean Board Awards Nearly $200,000 in Checkoff Grants

Fifteen projects, ranging from the development of new seed to how to manage the possible invasion of a new pest, have been approved for checkoff funding by the Maryland Soybean Board. The grants totaled $192,840.

Here’s a rundown…

•             A total of $16,570 to Dr. Robert Kratochvil,  University of Maryland Extension and...Read More »