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Domestic Marketing

Animal Agriculture

Soybeans feed a lot of hungry mouths, and beaks. Animal agriculture is the number one domestic customer for U.S. soybeans. In fact, domestic livestock and poultry consume over 28 million tons of soybean meal each year. That’s not chicken feed!


Soybean meal consumption in North Dakota has grown in the past decade as livestock production increases in the state. Animals eat about 97,000 tons of soybean meal each year in North Dakota. Not only is that good news for the state’s soybean farmers, it’s a big deal for economy. Animal agriculture contributes nearly $3 billion in economic impact to North Dakota.


The North Dakota Soybean Council recognizes the importance of animal agriculture and invests checkoff dollars into research, education and promotion efforts to help support animal agriculture. This includes efforts to improve the nutritional value of U.S. soybean meal to meet the needs of livestock and poultry.


You can find out more about animal agriculture and the impact it has on soybeans at Learn more about each state’s contributions at

Strengthening Partnerships

The NDSC works to enhance animal ag in North Dakota by partnering with several of the state’s livestock and poultry organizations.


These organizations include:

North Dakota Livestock Alliance
North Dakota Pork Council
North Dakota Dairy Coalition
Midwest Dairy Association
North Dakota Beef Commission
North Dakota Turkey Federation
North Dakota Department of Agriculture