The Kansas Soybean Commission works with the national soybean checkoff to promote U.S. soybeans in international markets. That development is crucial to the future of U.S. soybean farmers. Overseas markets play a big role in soybean farmers’ profitability as more than half of every crop crosses U.S. borders to foreign markets.
U.S. soy has the fewest trade barriers among all world agriculture exports, allowing soybean exports to have more access than other commodities. The U.S. soybean industry has taken advantage of that access. Total U.S. soybean exports have tripled since 1984, from almost 598 million bushels to 1.9 billion bushels in 2018.
In 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kansas exported $489 million of soybeans. They were the fourth most valuable export for the state – behind civilian aircraft, fresh beef and wheat.