>I was invited to attend the Inaugural Bean2Blog Event sponsored by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board at P. Allen Smith‘s Moss Mountain Farm. Wow, what a day. The weather was perfect and the Moss Mountain Farm was a beautiful setting to learn about the miracle bean.
We started the day with a personal tour of P. Allen’s home and garden.
Jim Carroll, an actual farmer and member of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and United Soybean Board, gave us insight into the life of a farm family and the business of farming in the state of Arkansas.
We were provided an awesome lunch.
The speakers and presentations have inspired several blog posts to follow, but in this first general post I would like to pass along what I think is the most important fact I learned: when you choose a soy product, you are helping our hard working farmers and strengthening our economy!
Last year, Arkansas was ranked 10th in the nation in soybean production. We produced ONE BILLION DOLLARS worth of soybeans in our great state. As a nation, soy is the number 1 agricultural export, valued at $21 billion in 2010. And just incase you don’t know, about 98% of U.S. farms are family owned and operated.
I want you to start choosing more soy products. We all know that edamame and tofu are great, but there are so many more awesome soy products that you could be using. Go to the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board’s interactive Soy Product Guide and look at all the possibilities.
The rest of this week is going to be dedicated to the Bean2Blog event, so get ready. Tomorrow I will highlight LockStars Soy Candles of Lonoke, AR. Friday will be dedicated to a simple seed germination test that Kimberly Cochran, a Ph.D student in the Plant Physiology department at the University of Arkansas, taught us. And finally on Saturday, I will provide links to all the great soy recipes that were prepared for us, and trust me, they are yummy!
One more thing! CountryOutfitter.com provided all of the lovely bloggers with our choice of Ariat cowboy boots! I picked the Ariat Fatbaby Original Boot in Black Deertan and you can read more about my experience wearing the boots in a post I wrote last night called, Happy Feet.