December 28, 2021

Written by: Melissa Brown, MPH, CHES, RD, LD Whether you’re looking to add more plant foods to your diet or are already eating a plant-based diet and want to ensure that you are meeting your protein needs, soy foods can help fuel your active lifestyle. Soy: The Unique Legume Soybeans are part of the legume family (along with black beans, lentils, etc.). They are unique among legumes because they have a high protein to carbohydrate… Read More

December 20, 2021

This week in the lab, Senior Materials Research Scientist Rob Cain has been testing the hardness of different waxes, with the goal of identifying a soy-based alternative to carnauba wax. Testing the hardness of waxes gives quite of bit of useful information, such as the wax’s melting point, brittleness, and potential applications. Carnauba wax has a particularly high melting point, reaching upwards of 176℉. The high melting point indicates that the wax also has a… Read More

December 9, 2021

This week in the lab, Dylan Karis has been working on acrylated epoxidized soy methyl ester (AESME). AESME is a monomer, the building blocks of larger molecules called polymers. Polymers are essential materials that are widely used in everyday life. Both synthetic and natural polymers are used in, coatings, elastomers, adhesives, blends, plastics, fibers, caulks, ceramics, and composites. AESME can also be used in the production of latex and acrylic coatings and paints. Another important… Read More

December 9, 2021

Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) board member Steve Reinhard was elected today to lead the national United Soybean Board (USB) as its treasurer. Reinhard has served on USB since 2017 and previously served as the Demand Action Team Chair. “We’d like to congratulate Steve on his new leadership position,” said Jeff Magyar, OSC chairman and Ashtabula County soybean farmer. “His involvement on USB is already a testament to his dedication to create better opportunities for soybean… Read More

December 3, 2021

This week in the lab, Airable has been working on a simple but effective technology, blown soybean oil (BSBO). BSBO is soybean oil that was heated above 212℉ by dry air being “blown” into the oil with intense stirring, oxidizing the soybean oil and effectively decreasing the amount of double bonds. With a decrease in the unsaturation of the oil, the viscosity will in turn increase. Viscosity in the measurement of how thick or sticky… Read More