Community A - L: Soybeans
The soybean is often called the miracle crop. In the late 1800’s, farmers grew the crop as a forage for cattle.

Michigan’s own Henry Ford discovered soybeans could be used for industrial uses, too. He even used soybeans to produce an auto trunk lid, and recognizing the nutrient value of the crop, employed a cook who made up recipes using soybeans as an ingredient.

Today, many food products and technical applications contain soy. In fact, the newspaper you read may be printed with soy-based ink.

Montcalm County grew 17,600 acres of soybeans in 1998. Michigan is a leading producer of soybeans. Michigan farmers planted 1.9 million acres of soybeans in 1996, and that number is likely to grow as soybeans become more popular.

For more information about Michigan soybeans, contact:

Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee
P.O. Box 287
Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734
(517) 652-3294