BiotechSustainability » Hear What Others Say

Hear what others have to say about biotechnology, conservation tillage and sustainability.

Biotechnology enables U.S. soybean farmers, along with the rest of modern U.S. agriculture, to continue to produce the safest, most affordable and abundant supply of food, feed, fiber and fuel in the world. But biotechnology delivers more than just streamlined pest-management options or the promise of healthier, higher-quality crops. Biotech crops also allow farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices, ranging from conservation tillage to integrated pest management.

Mike Thede believes those practices protect soil, water and air quality. The Nebraska soybean farmer helps make check-off investment decisions as a member of the united soybean board’s sustainability initiative. Click here to listen to Mike's interview.

USB farmer-leaders began participating in the biotech discussion more than 10 years ago. In that time, additional research has confirmed the agronomic, economic and environmental benefits of biotech. Richard Fordyce, a Missouri soybean farmer who serves as team lead on USB’s biotech initiative, says USB’s biotechnology library, located inside the “programs” section at, provides a central location to save this information for easy access by anyone who’s interested in biotechnology and U.S. soybeans. Click here to hear what Richard has to say.

Dan Towery, who co-authored the report, says the study explores many of the benefits of using conservation tillage practices, which biotechnology crops can make easier. “The publication takes a look at the environmental benefits of biotechnology. Some of those are direct for the grower, but there’s a lot of indirect benefits all of society gets from biotechnology. For example, biotechnology has helped facilitate the adoption of conservation tillage and no-till. That means that we have reduced erosion, reduced sediment, reduced nutrients going into our waterways.” Click here to find out more from Dan.