For immediate release: Aug 02, 2011
Posted by: [Statefair]
Contact: Andy Klotz
Phone: (317) 927-7577

State Fair Celebrates Soybeans

Indiana has fifth largest soybean production in country

INDIANPOLIS - Sometimes called the "miracle crop," soybeans and their products help feed the world, provide shelter and even power vehicles.  Soybeans play a prominent and versatile role in our diet and economy and that's why the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana State Fair have proclaimed 2011 as "The Year of Soybeans."

The Indiana soybean industry is the fifth largest in the country.  Soybeans have a $2.5 billion impact on Indiana and feed millions of people as a feed ingredient for livestock and other food products.

"Many people don't understand the versatility of this mighty little bean that is growing throughout our state," said the Indiana Soybean Alliance's Hannah Brescher.  "We want to take this opportunity to teach consumers about how soybeans can be found in many other things, from the meat they eat in the form of soybean meal fed to livestock, to the biodiesel fueling their school busses, to the oil they use for baking and frying."

Through its partnership with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Indiana State Fair hopes to share the importance of soybeans to Hoosiers with a number of fun soybean related activities.

 The list of scheduled "Year of Soybeans" events and activities includes:










The State Fair has been featuring one important Indiana agricultural community since 2007.  Previous products featured include pigs, tomatoes, trees (hardwoods) and corn.


About the Indiana Soybean Alliance

The Alliance is led by a single farmer board that is responsible for investing Indiana's soybean check-off funds and working with state and federal policymakers to promote policies that benefit Indiana's soybean farmers.  For more information, visit


About the Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers. Admission is $7 in advance, $8 at the gate - kids 5 and younger are free.  For more information, please visit



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