Research to the Bottom Line – Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Bringing Value to Soybean Farmers

The farmer leaders of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council have continued to prioritize soybean research as the top investment area for soybean checkoff dollars. Those investments are already paying off, and stand to create significant market opportunities in growing seasons ahead.

Over the past two years, Missouri farmers have seen seven new soybean varieties come to market, as well as a patent issued for breeding methods to achieve high oleic acid content in soybean, thanks to soybean checkoff-funded research and key partnerships. For 2017 and the years ahead, the Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council are working together to accelerate the process of bringing checkoff-supported technologies to soybean growers.

Bryan Stobaugh will be key in that acceleration. With a background in soybean breeding and agronomy, as well as previous experience licensing soybean traits in other states, Stobaugh will drive new trait technologies and soybean varieties through the process from research plot to commercial production.

As the licensing director for the Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Stobaugh leads efforts moving soybean trait technologies developed in checkoff-funded research through the commercialization process, making them available to farmers in Missouri and the Midwest, as well as nationally and internationally. He will be responsible for overseeing the licensing process for soybean varieties with specialized traits, including but not limited to conventional varieties with high oleic acid.

For currently available Missouri soybean varieties, contact Richard Arnett of Missouri crop improvement association at (573) 449-0586 or For all other inquiries, concerning high oleic trait, high oleic varieties, licensing or commercialization information contact Bryan Stobaugh at (501) 208-1249 or