By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader: a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff.
Checkoff Check-In: A Farmer Resource for Navigating Carbon Markets
Navigating carbon programs can be overwhelming, but the Ohio Soybean Council is here to help! On Tuesday, June 15th, Join Ohio Field Leader Dusty Sonnenberg, along with Ohio Soybean Council board member Steve Reinhard and Ohio Soybean Council Executive Director Kirk Merritt at 12:30 p.m. as they explore OSC’s Carbon Markets webpage. This is a resource to help farmers answer common carbon-related questions, compare carbon programs available in Ohio and compile the questions they need to consider before enrolling in a program. They will also be discussing the soybean checkoff’s other efforts to help farmers evaluate carbon programs.
CIFT Agribusiness Forum June 2021 – Introduction to the Airable Research Lab at Ohio Wesleyan University
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) Agribusiness Forum for June will feature Airable Research Lab. Airable Research Lab develops new products that utilize soy-based feedstocks to solve industrial and consumer challenges. Founded in November 2019, Airable is a business line of the Ohio Soybean Council. Through soy-based product research and development, the lab seeks to build market demand for soybeans, thereby benefitting Ohio’s soybean farmers, while reducing industry’s environmental footprint. During this presentation, Airable Founder and Chief Laboratory Officer, Barry McGraw, will present some of the key research being conducted at the lab, the valuable relationship between the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Wesleyan University, and hopes for the future of industrial and food-based use of soybeans.
Barry McGraw joined the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) in 2013 and is responsible for leading OSC’s soy bio-based research and commercialization program. Under his leadership, OSC won 7 R&D 100 Awards in 7 years and reached a milestone in royalty payments from licensing soy bio-based technologies.
In 2019, Barry recognized an opportunity for OSC to capitalize on these successes by establishing its own research laboratory. With the Council’s blessing, Barry founded Airable Research Lab, a business line of OSC located in Delaware, Ohio. He leads a team of chemists and material scientist in conceptualizing, researching, and developing soy-based materials. Before joining OSC, Barry spent 15 years at Battelle, where he worked in program management, engineering, and marketing. He played a key role on Battelle’s bio-based materials team, working in development and commercialization of technologies, including four that won R&D 100 Awards. He also worked on Battelle’s national security team in technology areas such as critical infrastructure, environmental challenges, information systems, and defense technology.