Ohio State Fair greening up with soy

With soy biodiesel powering trams and carnival rides, soy-based paint freshening up show barns and soy-based cleaning products getting the fairgrounds ready, 13 fairs, including the Ohio State Fair, will be a little greener this year with the help of the United Soybean Board (USB) and the soy checkoff.

“U.S. soy feeds the animals that provide the meat we eat, but soy does a lot more than that,” said Geno Lowe, a soybean farmer from Hebron, Md., and USB farmer-director. “U.S. soy is increasingly popular as a ‘green’ ingredient in everything from biofuel to paint to cleaning products and more.”

Lowe and his fellow USB farmer-directors selected the 13 fairs as part of a competitive application process. Through the Green Ribbon Fairs reimbursement program, now in its second year, the checkoff works with fairs across the country to promote the use of soy-based products such as biodiesel, paint, cleaners, hand sanitizers and more.

At the Ohio State Fair, the soy products will be used for the second consecutive year in the Agriculture and Horticulture Building that houses the Ohio Farm Bureau display. The Green Ribbon Fairs funds will be used throughout the 40,600 square foot building to purchase soy-based hand sanitizers, paint, cleaning supplies, and gardening products for the many plants housed in the building.

“We’re thrilled that we can continue to promote agriculture in a unique way with soy products at the 2012 Ohio State Fair,” said Alicia Notestone Shoults, Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair.


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