June 10, 2022

Did you know that the Ohio Soybean Council has received a dozen R&D 100 Awards for soy-based products? That’s the legacy Airable sought to carry forward last week when Barry McGraw submitted applications for two of the lab’s most exciting innovations: a scale inhibitor and a high-melting wax. You’ve read about these achievements in these pages already, so here’s a quick summary. The scale inhibitor is a soy-based additive that prevents the buildup… Read More

June 6, 2022

The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees has five district seats up for election this year. All eligible candidates interested in running for the OSC Board must obtain at least 15 valid signatures on the petition available at All petitions must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) by mail and must be postmarked no later than July 6, 2022 and received by July 13, 2022. OSC is the Qualified… Read More

June 3, 2022

This week in the lab, Connor Young has been working on a soy-based antistatic additive, or “antistat” for short. An antistat is a compound used to treat materials to reduce or eliminate the buildup of static electricity (i.e., the charge that builds up in your clothes or on your skin, resulting in a shock when you touch a conductive surface). This static charge can damage electrical components, such as computer hard drives, and even ignite… Read More

June 2, 2022

By Madi Layman Since the invention of computers, we’ve seen that they can be used to perform complex tasks. Some would say having an intelligence of their own — artificial intelligence (AI). Dr. Scott Shearer from the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University says that “artificial intelligence attempts to emulate the human brain and the way we learn.” Just as human intelligence is developed through learning, reasoning and problem… Read More

May 23, 2022

This week in the lab, Trevor Holm has been working on a soy-based pour point depressant (PPD). PPDs are oil additives that allow for the use of oils at lower temperatures. PPDs are used to prevent frozen tank and oil lines, improve transportation properties of shale oil, and overall assist as a cold flow additive. PPDs are also employed for “cold starts.” People usually think of a cold start as trying to start the car… Read More