At their December board meeting in St. Louis this week, the United Soybean Board (USB) identified animal agriculture, the biggest domestic user of soy, as their top checkoff priority in 2012.
USB director, Jim Call of Minnesota, says included in animal agriculture is the aquaculture industry, both in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.
“But the thing about aquaculture that you have to keep in mind, is that in the past they have been fed fish meal, which is not a sustainable feed source,” said Call. “One of the priorities of the United Soybean Board and the International Marketing program is to try and get these aquaculture producers switched over to a plant based diet which incorporates soybean meal, so that’s a huge area we are working in and we see it as a huge advantage for U.S. soybean farmers.”
Aquaculture is currently the fastest growing meat sector in the world.