Farmers in the Quincy area got a closer look Thursday at their crop and its quality.
To the average American, soybean production doesn't play a huge role in their everyday life.
However, 97 percent of meal from soybeans goes to animal agriculture, which then becomes part of the very food we consume every day.
Farmers in Quincy received important education from the United Soybean Association on producing a quality crop.
Doug Winter is one of the Illinois Directors for the United Soybean Association and thinks the meeting is beneficial for farmers.
"Farmers need to kind of keep this at the forefront of their planning plans for Spring and in years following this," said Winter. "They need to keep looking at those soybean varieties that they're planting and try to find something that's got that composition of high protein, high oil and have a good yield."
The education local farmers are receiving not only helps them, but it helps businesses as well.
Sam Huenefeldt is the Merchandising Manager for A.D.M. and believes when farmers and business succeed, it benefits everyone.
"The farmer gets payed by the yield, however much he produces," said Huenefeldt. "However much he can bring in to my processing plant is key to how much he's going to make for his livelihood. There's a happy medium, and that's something that we're looking for and something we're talking about United Soybean Board, all the time to find the most of the best."
This a new program for the soybean association, and they plan to take it to six total locations in the U.S.
While soybean production is high in the Tri-States, South America leads the world in total soybean production.