Buyer’s Guide

Make informed investment decisions with this guide

This guide will provide the buyer of U.S. soybeans and soybean products with the tools needed to reach an educated and knowledgeable conclusion when making their buying decisions.

Preface

Chapter 1: The Soybean, Its History, and Its Opportunities

Soybeans…The Miracle Crop
Production and Processing Cycle of the Soybean
Soybean Products and Their Uses
Advantages of U.S. Soybeans

Chapter 2: Quality Standards for U.S. Soybeans and Soy Products

Dependable Quality
Grading Standards for Soybeans
Weighing and Inspection Procedures
Quality Determination for Soybean Meal and Oil
Impact of Quality and End Results

Chapter 3: Procuring U.S. Soybeans and Products

Finding a supplier
Negotiating a Purchase
Standard Contract Forms
Financing a Purchase of U.S. Soybeans

Chapter 4: Transporting U.S. Soybeans to Export Markets

U.S. Infrastructure
Methods of Shipment
Transport Documentation

Chapter 5: Managing the Risks

Cash Market
Futures Contracts
Options Contracts
Explanation of Codes and Symbols
Reading Commodity Futures Price Tables
An Explanation of Soybean Crush Margin
Metric Conversion Guide

Chapter 6: Biotechnology, IP Soybeans, Soyfood and Industrial Uses

Agricultural Biotechnology
Identity Preserved Soybeans
Soyfoods
Industrial Uses of Soybeans

Glossary

Appendix I: American Soybean Association-International Marketing Overseas Offices