Norman County Soybean Growers Donate Set of Soy-Based Tires to Norman County Sheriff’s Office

Norman County Soybean Growers Donate Set of Soy-Based Tires to Norman County Sheriff’s Office

June 2, 2021 Farm News News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Ada, MN — The Norman County Sheriff’s Office will soon be sporting a new set of tires made from the soybeans fields they drive by while patrolling the county. The Norman County Soybean Growers Association presented the sheriff’s office with a check to purchase a set of soy-based Goodyear Eagle Enforcer tires for one of the patrol vehicles in their fleet. Norman County Sheriff Deputy Ben Fall says they’re excited to be one of the counties across the state of Minnesota selected to be a part of this promotion and grateful to the Soybean growers for their donation.

Corey Hanson with the Norman County Soybean Growers Association says they felt it was important to give back to the local law enforcement who protects their farms and patrols the roadways they travel on.

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council continues to direct its checkoff dollars into finding new and innovative uses for soybeans and Hanson says these soy-based tires are just one example of the alternatives uses that the product provides.

Soy-based vehicle tires are gaining traction as an alternative to those made with petroleum oil. Soy oil improves tire flexibility and all-around performance in all of Minnesota’s unpredictable weather conditions. Goodyear, with support by checkoff investments from American soybean farmers, has produced four sets of durable tires made with soy oil in the tread compound. In 2020, Goodyear increased its soybean oil consumption by 20%.

Soy-based Goodyear Eagle Enforcer Tires. Photo by Leif Bakken