Submitted to: United States Japan Natural Resources Protein Panel
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/31/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: United States agriculture produces over 12 billion pounds of soybean oil annually, and frequently carry-over exceeds one billion pounds. Only 300 million pounds of soybean oil are used in industrial applications. Non-food uses of soybean oil and other vegetable oils have grown little during the past 40 years. Although some markets have expanded or new ones added, other markets have been lost to competitive petroleum products. Development of new industrial products or commercial processes are objectives of continued research in both public and private sectors. Through these efforts vegetable oils should maintain or even add to their market share as non-renewable petroleum becomes more expensive. Use of soybean oil in different industrial applications and up to date progress of the NCAUR lubricants research will be summarized.