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Growing demand for seafood could be opportunity for Nebraska soybean growers

Tilapia harvest from the in pod raceway system. (Nebraska Soybean Board)

Soybean growers recently had a chance to see first hand how Nebraska beans create new opportunities underwater.

Nebraska Soybean Board members and staff recently attended an aquaculture event in Mexico. They learned how American soybeans are incorporated into fish diets and feed additives.

As consumer demand for seafood rises, so does the need for farm-fed fish. Soybean meal is a high-quality protein that can be used in addition to, or instead of fish meal in aquaculture.

Eugene Goering, Nebraska Soybean Board member and secretary of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance, said the Aquaculture Education Opportunity allows soybean growers to better understand the challenges facing aquaculture.

“We get to learn what their needs are, and that helps us decide what projects to fund and what direction we need to be focusing our research on. The soybean checkoff dollars are investing into different research projects. Our own researchers have done a lot specifically with aquaculture feeds,” Goering said.

And if you enjoy fish at a fish fry, the Soybean Board can help you there too, with high oleic oil to cook those fish in. The Soybean Board is working with fish fry events to supply them with high oleic soybean oil.

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