Livestock and poultry consume about 98% of domestically used soybean meal, making them the number one customer for U.S. soybean producers, according to research from the United Soybean Board. The top 10 SBM-consuming states in ranking order are Iowa, North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, Alabama, Mississippi, California and Oklahoma. Each of these states boasts a strong animal agriculture economy. To see more state rankings regarding livestock production and soybean meal consumption, click HERE.
One interesting trend is that most top SBM-consuming states do not grow much of their own soybeans. Of the top 10 SBM-consuming states, only Iowa and Minnesota are producing enough soybeans to meet the demands of their livestock and poultry producers. The top 10 soybean-producing states are Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas. Together those states account for nearly 59 million acres of soybean production.