The Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council are planting their future in Jefferson City, with the construction of the new Center for Soybean Innovation. The 14,300 sq. ft. center is being built with the purpose of educating the public about soybean farming and soybean uses in industrial products.
Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Association executive director, said farmers will be able to learn about topics ranging from financial literacy to farm safety at the center.
“Part of this is to help farmers to be more efficient and part of that is to educate them on risk management tools,” Wheeler said. “Simple things like that, that maybe some producers are not doing.”
Synlawn, a Georgia-based manufacturer of artificial turf, will donate artificial turf made from soy products that will be placed in areas around the exterior of the building. While grain bin-manufacturer Grain Systems Inc. will donate metal used to construct three small grain bins on the front of the building, including one that will house the building’s front entrance. Elsewhere, soy-based paint as well as carpet and insulated foam made with soy products will be used.
After entering the building, visitors will enter a large education center that will house several educational exhibits about soils and soybean production nationwide. The building will also house a conference center with room for 200 people and a space to house a small business incubator for two budding agri-businesses.
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