The Iowa Soybean Research Center hosted its inaugural SoyFest on August 25, 2021. This fun and educational event was held on ISU’s central campus to coincide with August as "Soybean Month" in Iowa and the start of fall semester. Activities included a free cookout featuring soy veggie and pork burgers, soy-related snacks, robotic demonstrations, giveaways, games and a photo booth. The ISU Creamery created a tasty new ice cream flavor that was a hit with students called “SoyFest” which featured chocolate custard ice cream with soymilk and dark-chocolate-covered roasted soybeans. Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of Agricuture and Life Sciences Dan Robison and CY all made appearances at the event.
Thanks to the following businesses and student groups that contributed to SoyFest: Cargill, Syngenta, REG, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Food & Family Project, Okabashi Shoes, Iowa Smokehouse, Iowa Turkey Federation, Morning Bell Coffee, ISU Creamery, Center for Crops Utilization Research, Agricultural Research Service - U.S. Department of Agriculture; and ISU Clubs: Agronomy, Culinary, Dietetics, Food Science, Grill Team and the research labs of Eric Cochran, Danny Singh and Lie Tang. The event was a huge hit!
Meals From the Heartland
In a kick-off event to SoyFest, the ISRC hosted Meals from the Heartland. ISU students, faculty and staff packaged 20,000 meals in which the main ingredient was soy protein. Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit organization that helps feed food-insecure populations in over 37 countries. Some of the meals packaged will be sent to Haiti. Joel O’Dell with Meals from the Heartland said, “Soy protein is the most life-saving ingredient in our formula.” Special thanks to Cargill and Syngenta for providing funding to cover the costs that included soy protein, making this very special SoyFest-related event possible.
For more information: http://www.iowasoybeancenter.org/soyfest.html