Dennis Gruenbacher

(Jamie) Let’s join Duane and Dennis and learn how the Commission promotes soybean growers with research, education and marketing.
(Duane) Duane Toews joining you once again with AGam in Kansas at the Kansas Soybean Expo. A meeting of the Kansas Soybean Commission and the Kansas Soybean Association. A chance to catch up with Dennis Gruenbacher and Dennis is Chair of the Kansas Soybean Commission. Dennis we had the opportunity to talk a little bit about the commission today and some of the things that they’re involved in. As far as for the general public to understand, this would be the group that gets dollars from those soybean producers out there to represent them in rural markets. (Dennis) Yes we get a half a percent…half of one percent of the total check and with $8 dollar beans is now, we get 4 cents a bushel. We use that money to do research. We also put a lot of money into trying to promote our products overseas. Our soybeans go into soybean meal and soy oil. And the soy oil is for biodiesel. I also serve on the MBB Board as a representative with the Kansas Soybean Commission and it’s getting to look good for the Kansas biodiesel because they finally got their tax incentives and their volumes. And so this year they can produce about two billion gallons. (Duane) So, we think about the opportunity then with those advancements that occur, ultimately it is the bottom line of the grower that the commission is concerned about. And you go about that in two ways, be it developing higher yields or developing more markets for those products to be used. Our thanks to Dennis Gruenbacher, Chair of the Kansas Soybean Commission joining us here at the Kansas Soybean Expo in Topeka for AGam in Kansas. Jamie we’ll send it back to you.
(Jamie) Thanks for joining us. I’m your host Jamie Bloom and I hope you enjoyed today’s show. See you next week on Farm Factor – we’re here every Tuesday on AGam in Kansas.

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