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!
Our Dr. Asheesh "Danny" Singh's plant breeding lab is focused on soybeans. Some of the Singh Soybean Lab attended the event to showcase the drone, robots and machine learning applications in agriculture. Cy even got in on the action. Matt Carroll gave him a quick lesson in how to pilot a drone!