The Versatility of Soybeans

When people think of soybeans, the first things that may come to mind are soy foods or biodiesel. While soybeans are in several products we might purchase at the grocery store, soybeans play a bigger role in our society. From using the oil of the soybean to create fuel or using ground up soybeans to feed animals, there are many ways to use a soybean.

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council directs checkoff funds to the research and development of new uses for soybeans, such as cleaning products, cooking oil, carpet backing, ink, paint, fuel in the form of biodiesel and many more products. Why? Because new uses for soybeans means beneficial products for farmers and non-farmers, and more money in farmers’ pockets.


Minnesota is the first state in the United States to require a 10 percent blend of biodiesel in all diesel sold in the state. The B10 blends are available April 1 to September 30 each year, with B5 being blended in the remaining winter months.