Farm to fire: MN soy checkoff to attend SoyFoam demonstration

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is heading to Dalton, Georgia, March 18-20, for a firsthand demonstration of one of its latest checkoff investments – SoyFoam TF 1122.

SoyFoam TF 1122 is a smothering agent capable of extinguishing Class A and Class B fires while eliminating intentionally added PFAS chemicals. There are also no detectable fluorines (less than 1 parts per million) in the composition of the foam concentrate. SoyFoam TF 1122 is the first and only firefighting foam to attain the gold level through GreenScreen Certified® for Safer Chemicals.

“Firefighters are continually risking their lives for our communities,” said Mike Youngerberg, MSR&PC senior director of product development and commercialization. “This product, a first-of-its-kind, is certified 84-percent biobased and made with soy grown right here in the U.S. The soy checkoff is doing its part in reducing the use and exposure to PFAS chemicals for our first responders.”

Youngerberg, along with Willmar Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Grave​​​, will be attending a SoyFoam TF 1122 demonstration in real-world equipment at the Dalton training station, along with visiting Premier Polymers, the manufacturing site of the product. Both Youngerberg and Grave will join a larger group of soybean farmers, fire fighters, industry leaders and experts from across the U.S.

“All the key players are coming together for this event,” Youngerberg said. “It’ll be great to get everyone in one room to network, ask questions, see the results and learn the next steps for this unique product.”

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