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Brian Kreider

“I just enjoy being outside with Mother Nature.”

Brian Kreider
Soybean Farmer

Name: Brian Kreider
Location: Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Years farming: I grew up here on the farm, so like a lot of farmers I’ve been farming all my life. I’ve been farming full-time since I was out of college in 1997.
My family: I farm with my dad. I’m also married to my wife Jill and we have two young boys, Landon and Isaac.
How I came to be a farmer: Farming is in my blood. I’ve been around it all my life; I grew up with it. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in college, but I decided that this is where I needed to be.
The best thing about being a farmer: It’s a new project every day – every day it’s a different challenge and never the same old thing.
My personal philosophy on farming: Farming takes a lot of time and dedication. If something goes wrong, you have no one to blame but yourself. It’s an enjoyable livelihood – you get to be outside and work with animals and watch the seasons change; you’re around your family and that’s enjoyable. It’s hard work but it’s a privilege to do it.

Soybean Production in Pennsylvania and the United States
  • Soybeans raised in Pennsylvania are used to help feed broiler chickens, turkeys, beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs and egg laying hens.
  • The first mention of soybean cultivation in the New World appeared in an 1804 publication promoting the soybean as an adaptable crop for Pennsylvania.
  • Soybeans were first brought to America in the early 19th century as ballast in trading ships.
  • In 1999, the Food and Drug Administration announced that foods containing soy protein may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease - a claim substantiated by scientific research.
  • Most soy foods are low in saturated and trans fats, one reason why the American Heart Association has recognized soy foods' role in an overall heart-healthy diet.
  • In addition to a variety of food products, soybeans can be made into soy candles, biodegradable soy-based oils and biodiesel.

For more information about soybean farming in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Soybean Board.

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