soybeans

Oilseeds find industrial niches

Grain and oilseed crops like soybeans and canola are increasingly starting to replace traditional petroleum-based product ingredients, lessening our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels and creating new market opportunities for growers. One market that is growing rapidly is that of bio-based lubricants and industrial fluids, which includes everything from hydraulic and transmission fluids to greases, […]

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Soybeans in motor oils and lubricants

As demand for “green” products increases, more and more technologies and opportunities for bio-based products are emerging alongside to meet those needs. Crops like corn, wheat and soybeans are starting to replace traditional petroleum-based ingredients in these new bio-products, making them easier on the environment and lessening our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. They’re also […]

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Can soybeans be the solution to potholes?

Imagine a world where pavement doesn’t disintegrate and potholes don’t exist. Imagine a product that can reduce the negative environmental impact of asphalt, cut costs for cash-strapped municipalities and offer new market opportunities for farmers. Some might consider this a utopian dream, but thanks to a new asphalt preservation product, this dream could soon be […]

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New bioproducts resource for soybeans

Industrial Uses and Opportunities for Canadian Soybeans, a new brochure highlighting industrial market opportunities for Canadian soybeans, is now available. The goal of the 16-page resource, produced by Soy 20/20, is to generate awareness of the many new soy-based products and applications being developed, as well as those already commercially available.

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A house made of soy

Believe it or not – it’s possible to live in a house built from soy. And you can see one for yourself if you head down to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

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In defense of farmers

I feel the need to get something off my chest this morning. It seems to be popular in the urban media at the moment to bash farmers, especially those who grow corn and soybeans. These horrible people – or so the theme goes – are ruining the environment by growing large volumes of these crops […]

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The latest in green underwear

How about marking Earth Day with some environmentally friendly clothing? Check out the latest in trendy knickers – soy panties from a company called Uranus. No kidding. In fact, their slogan is “Help save plant earth starting with Uranus.”

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An engine for economic health

Agriculture is the engine that can bring Ontario’s economy back to a healthy life – and there’s more to farming than just food. So says the National Post in an article published last week – which I happen to be quoted in, but that’s not really the point of this post (had to just slip […]

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Treating industrial wastewater – with soy

Soybean hulls are primarily a by-product of processing or oil extraction. Traditionally, they are used as a fibre supplement in animal feed as way of creating some value-added use for them. But research at the University of Windsor focuses on a new and environmentally friendly use for these seed coats as well – in industrial […]

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More than feed, food and fuel

New uses for farm crops like car parts, insulation and packaging are in agriculture’s future. That’s the word from three industry experts who were part of a panel discussion looking at agriculture’s opportunities beyond food and fuel at the Eastern Canada Farm Writers annual meeting this week. And Ontario is at the forefront of this […]

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Project SOY winners announced

(Guelph ON, March 27 2008): Fortune cookies, building materials and candy – all made from soybeans – were among the winners at this year’s Project SOY competition held yesterday at the Ontario government complex on Stone Road in Guelph. Aimed at creating new uses and marketing strategies for soybeans, the 12th annual event showcased 13 […]

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Agriculture’s struggle

Farming is a tough business. I’ve been around agriculture all my life and it seems as though one sector or another is always hurting. Right now, grains and oilseeds (crops grown for their oil such as soybeans, canola, sunflowers etc) farmers are enjoying record high demand for their crops – and the high prices to […]

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Anti-trans-fat trend presents market opportunities for farmers

The growing popularity of trans-fat free foods is presenting new market opportunities for soybean farmers. A new study looking at market demand for specialty trait soybean oils has found a definite potential for these products, and that the market may be willing to pay a premium price for them. “The study shows definite market potential […]

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