Soy Innovation Center To Be Established in Missouri
An 18-month project to build a Center for Soy Innovation in Jefferson is in progress.
The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council chairman, John Kelley, noted that upon completion, the soy innovation center will put the organisation’s soybean research to work and communicate the impact that soybeans have on everyday life. The center will also bring workers working with and across Missouri’s soybean industry together, serving as a perfect hub for incubation, value-added agriculture, and business development.
The project will make use of soy-based building materials in the construction of the necessary facilities. This illustrates the diversity of the soy sector, with soy being used in the construction of items such as soy-based countertops, insulation, flooring and turf products. Directors from the Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council have engaged The Architects Alliance to develop the new facility’s concept and design plans. They will also look for a suitable location for the center in Jefferson.
The soy innovation center will include a conference space and education center. This will provide an opportunity to connect youth, agricultural and community groups that might not have strong links to the soy industry.