Edamame: A New Industry Coming to Arkansas - October 2011
[Video shows various pictures of soybean fields with specialists or agents in fields.]
[Title Slide – Edamame: A New Industry Coming to Arkansas. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast. Presented by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension U of A System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Slide – On September 21, 2011 – A group of Arkansas farmers got together to discuss plans to be the first n the United States to grow vegetable soybeans (Edamame) for large-scale commercial production. Video shows Edamame pods.] I can’t believe 18 months ago, we’re here talking about this, but it has moved pretty quickly and as you’ll learn shortly, this industry’s going to be starting next year in 2012. [Dr. Kelly Cartwright, Research and President of Agricultural Research Initiatives, Inc.] We’re going to have a vegetable soybean industry here in the state baring something that goes way off the rails.
[Video shows equipment in a field in Kibler, Arkansas at the Vegetable Research Station, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.] So about 18 months ago we started talking about the valley and what could be done with specialty soybeans and it became obvious pretty quickly in the process last summer, last fall, that vegetable soybeans kept rising to the top and we started seeing all these pieces in place, Dr. Chen’s program, some of the research that had gone on and the markets that were currently there.
[Video shows equipment harvesting and dumping harvested Edamame onto a tarp for researchers to look at the harvested product.] January of this year, Dr. Chen who had developed a relationship with JYC foods, and Dr. Chung, brought them together and we rolled this all into the project and from there it really took off, but the bottom line is, we are right here. If we were in a 26 mile marathon and worried about mile 25 to get this thing started.
[Dr. Cartwright] So when I tell you that we’re close, we’re close to being on the front end, ahead of the curve, in the vegetable soybean industry. Not just here in Arkansas, but in the United States.
[Narrator] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, and was funded impart by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas contact your local county extension office.
[Title slide – Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast. Video shows various pictures of soybean fields with specialists or agents in fields. U of A Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas contact your county extension office or go to www.uaex.edu. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast.]