Pod to Plate
 

Pod to Plate Video

Whether it’s food, fuel or furniture, soybeans can be found anywhere you look. Follow along as soybean seeds evolve from pod to plate. Learn about the equipment, technology and science that goes into growing such a versatile crop.

Video: Pod to Plate

Pod to Plate Book

From growing seasons and transportation to soybean meal and soy-based foods, explore the lifecycle of soybeans.

PDF: Pod to Plate Book

From Pod to Plate Episode 1: Planting

Join host Barry Cloyd as he discovers what it takes to get soybeans from the Pod to the Plate in this video series from the Illinois Soybean Association - funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff. In the first episode, Barry visits the farm of ISA District 6 Director Rob Shaffer to learn about the planting process.

Video: From Pod to Plate Episode 1: Planting

From Pod to Plate Episode 2: Growing

In the second episode, Barry returns to the farm of ISA District 6 Director Rob Shaffer to learn about the steps farmers must take throughout the growing cycle to maximize their yield, including the importance of scouting and spraying for weeds, insect pests and diseases.

Video: From Pod to Plate Episode 2: Growing

From Pod to Plate Episode 3: Harvest

In this episode, Barry visits the farm of ISA District 6 Director Rob Shaffer one final time to learn about harvesting the soybeans.

Video: From Pod to Plate Episode 3: Harvest

From Pod to Plate Episode 4: Elevators & Trains

In this episode, Barry travels to Taloma Farmers Grain to learn about the role trains play in transporting soybeans from the field to their final destinations... and everywhere in between.

Video: From Pod to Plate Episode 4: Elevators & Trains

From Pod to Plate Episode 5: Trucking

In this episode, Barry visits Wachtel Farms to learn about the role trucks and trucking companies play in transporting soybeans from the field to their final destinations... and everywhere in between.

Video: From Pod to Plate Episode 5: Trucking

From Pod to Plate Episode 6: Processing

In this episode, Barry witnesses the soybean journey from its natural state to crushing and extracting then becoming meal and oil. Continuing this trek, Barry learns how soybean meal becomes nutritious animal feed and soybean oil transforms into all sorts of environmentally safe cleaning products.

Video: From Pod to Plate Episode 6: Processing

From Pod to Plate Episode 7: End Uses

In this episode, Barry witnesses the soybean journey from its natural state to crushing and extracting then becoming meal and oil. Continuing this trek, Barry learns how soybean meal becomes nutritious animal feed and soybean oil transforms into all sorts of environmentally safe cleaning products.

Video: From Pod to Plate Episode 7: End Uses

Pod to Plate Digital Game

Explore soybean production, exports, transportation, processing, products and exports in this interactive online game.

Internal Link: Pod to Plate Digital Game

The Acre

Unlock and explore different stages of food and farming.

External Link: The Acre

 

Fact Sheets

 

From the history of soybeans to coloring pages for kids, the fact sheets below can be used to supplement learning about Illinois soybeans at home and in the classroom.

Soybeans in Illinois: Past & Present

The history and impact of soybeans in Illinois.

PDF: Soybeans in Illinois: Past & Present

Soybeans A to Z

The many uses of soybeans - from adhesives to zebra feed and everything in between.

PDF: Soybeans A to Z

History of the Soybean

History of how soybean uses have evolved and grown since their first cultivation.

PDF: History of the Soybean

Soybean History at a Glance

Visual timeline of the soybean's history.

PDF: Soybean History at a Glance

What does a Farmer ... ?

One-page Q&A on today's soybean farming practices.

PDF: What does a Farmer ... ?

History of Soy Crayons

One-page history on soy-based crayons.

PDF: History & Development of Prang Soy Crayons

What am I?

Amazing facts about soybeans, including explanations of terms like "planting" and "processing."

PDF: What am I? Amazing Facts about Soybeans

Weeds & Pests

One-page explanation on how farmers combat today's weed and pest threats.

PDF: Weeds & Pests

Kids Activity Packet (K-6)

Coloring pages, word searches, mazes and more on all things soy.

PDF: Kids Activity Packet (K-6)

Interactive County Statistics

Interactive map that highlights soybean-related statistics for each of the state's counties.

Internal Link: Interactive County Statistics

 

Classroom Resources

 

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans divided by grade and subject that extend and enhance soybean education.

Internal Link: Lesson Plans

Coloring Pages

Series of 27 coloring worksheets depicting soybean farming and a soybean's many uses.

PDF: Coloring Pages

Pod to Plate Digital Game Teacher's Guide

A comprehensive Pod to Plate curriculum that features an interactive website/DVD, printable worksheets, Pod to Plate poster, illustrated characters and other visual aids.

PDF: Pod to Plate Digital Game Teacher's Guide

Ag in the Classroom

Additional educational resources for teaching students about agriculture.

External Link: Ag in the Classroom

Soybean Science Kit

An engaging on-hands approach that teaches 4th to 9th graders the physical properties of polymers and oil while highlighting the use of biological, renewable resources in industrial manufacturing.

External Link: Soybean Science Kit

 

 

IL Farm Families

ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES

A place to hear a variety of voices – from farm families to food and health experts – about what’s on your table.

Center for Food Integrity
A not-for-profit organization whose members and project partners represent the diversity of today’s food system – from farmers, ranchers and food companies to universities, restaurants and retailers.
 
US Farmers Ranchers Alliance

 

A farmer- and rancher-led organization engaging with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised.
 

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