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  1. Farm efficiency in the United States
  2. Who Farms in the United States?
  3. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  4. Minorities as Farm Operators
  5. Agricultural Subsidies
  6. Food for Peace Program
  7. Major Crops in the United States
  8. Major U.S. Crops: Corn
  9. Major U.S. Crops: Soybeans
  10. Major U.S. Crops: Wheat
  11. Major U.S. Crops: Cotton
  12. Planting and Harvesting Cotton
  13. Major U.S. Crops: Rice
  14. How Rice Is Grown in the United States
  15. Dairy Farming in the United States
  16. Cheese Production in the United States
  17. Poultry and Meat Production in the United States
  18. Raising Cattle for Beef
  19. Factory Farming
  20. Farm Mechanization in the United States
  21. Biotechnology and Farming in the United States
  22. Organic Farming in the United States
  23. Farm Aid
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Tall, thin brown soybean plants readt for harvest.
Soybeans ready for harvest.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. Photo by Scott Bauer.
Major U.S. Crops: Soybeans
The first soybeans arrived in America in the early 1800s onboard a Chinese ship where they were used as ballast. U.S. farmers first began growing soybeans in the early 1800s. However, it was not until the 1940s, when war ravaged large portions of China’s soybean fields, that soybean farming really took off. Soybeans were grown primarily as cattle feed. It is estimated that American poultry, beef, pigs, and dairy cattle eat about 22.5 million tons of soybeans annually. Currently, soybeans are grown in 29 states, and the U.S. is the largest grower of soybeans in the world, around 2 billion bushels a year. Soybeans are utilized in many different products such as tofu, candy, antibiotics, and soymilk. Click on PICTURES below to see a photo of a mature soybean plant. Click on CHARTS and MAPS below for additional facts about soybeans.
Special Terms: bushels

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