Verification of Sustainable U.S. Soy

The Protocol

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) developed the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) through a multi-stakeholder process to address customer requests for a supply of documented and verified sustainable soy.


The SSAP is based on a national system of sustainability and conservation laws and regulations and farmer participation in the U.S. Farm Program


Verification under SSAP is provided by USSEC subsidiary Soy Export Sustainability (SES).


Certificates are shipment specific and non-transferable.

Current Marketing Year Statistics

Marketing Year: 09/01/2021 - 08/31/2022
Total U.S. Soy Sustainable Allocation: 74,409,300.0 metric tons
Total Verified Shipments: 1600
Total Verified Weight Shipped: 11,428,683.9 metric tons
Marketing Year: 09/01/2021 - 08/31/2022
Total U.S. Soy Sustainable Allocation: 1,000,000.0 metric tons
Total Verified Shipments: 0
Total Verified Weight Shipped: 0.0 metric tons

SES Process To Calculate
Availability Of Sustainable U.S. Soy

  • SES will perform an annual calculation of marketing year availability of sustainable U.S. soy based primarily on data from USDA.
  • Marketing year starts on September 1 each year.
  • Marketing year is the same for all soy products.
  • Sustainable U.S soy calculation is based on participation in U.S. farm program. Currently 95% of U.S. farms participate.
    • Thus USDA supply estimates/final supply data will be multiplied by 0.95 to determine U.S. sustainable soy supply.
  • Future marketing year inventory allocations are available on March 1 (six months in advance of marketing year start date of September 1).
    • First annual calculation of U.S. soy production for a upcoming marketing year is based on USDA projection as documented in USDA Agricultural Baseline Projection in February.
    • 70% of February USDA estimate will be used as an allowance for reduced harvest.
  • Additional updates to estimates are based on U.S. soy production projections in USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) as published in May, July, September, November.
  • Final supply of sustainable U.S. soy for marketing year will be based on January WASDE report at 100% of production.
  • All allocations and certificates are in metric tons only.
  • Certificates can be issued for 60 days after soy has shipped.

Board of Managers

The Soy Export Sustainability LLC’s Board of Managers is comprised of seven representatives. Members include the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Chair, who is designated as the Chair of the Board of Managers, three more members of the USSEC Board, one representative from North American Export Grains Association, one representative from the National Oilseed Processors Association, and one representative from the National Grain and Feed Association.

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Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the U.S. soybean industry. The Advisory Committee assists the board in making strategic recommendations regarding the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) and SSAP-RED.

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Current Active Companies

# Name Location
1 Adams Grain Co. Inc ARBUCKLE, CA
4 Ameropa North America Tampa, FL
6 Beanstalk Webster Groves, MO
7 Benson Hill St Louis, MO
8 BLUE HORIZON INC. Redwood City, CA
9 Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Inc. Jeffersonville, OH
10 Brushvale Soy Products, LLC Breckenridge, MN
11 Bunge Chesterfield, MO
12 C&D (USA) Inc. Oak Brook, IL
13 Cargill, Inc. Saint Louis, MO
14 CHS Inver Grove Heights, MN
15 Citizens LLC Charlotte, MI
16 CJ IA USA Corp Chicago, IL
17 Clarkson Grain Co., Inc Cerro Gordo, IL
18 COFCO International Grains US LLC Chicago, IL
19 Consolidated Grain and Barge, Co. Covington, LA
20 DG Global Centralia, KS
22 Everbest Organics, Inc. Munger, MI
23 FBN CM, LLC San Carlos, CA
24 FCStone Merchant Services LLC Kansas City, MO
25 Fornazor International, Inc. Hillsdale, NJ
26 Frey P/S Florham Park, NJ
27 Gavilon Grain LLC Omaha, NE
28 Global Processing inc Kanawha, IA
29 Grain Millers Inc. Eden Prairie, MN
30 Granum Group LLC. New York, NY
31 HC International Fargo, ND
32 International Feed Excelsior, MN
33 IOM Grain LLC Portland, IN
34 JB Global Co LLC Burnsville, MN
35 KG Agri Products, Inc. Marysville, OH
36 Knewtson Soy Products, LLC Good Thunder, MN
37 Lansing Trade Group, LLC Overland Park, KS
38 Leland Farmers Company Leland, IL
39 Louis Dreyfus Company Wilton, CT
41 Michigan Agricultural Commodities Breckenridge, MI
42 Midwest Ag Enterprises Inc. Marshall, MN
43 Mills Bros. International, Inc. Seattle, WA
44 Montague Farms, Inc. Center Cross, VA
45 NeCo Seed Farms Inc Garden City, MO
47 Northwest Grains International, LLC Minneapolis, MN
48 Owensboro Grain Company Owensboro, KY
49 Pacificor, LLC Portland, OR
50 Patagonia Global Corp Miami, FL
51 Perdue Agribusiness Grain LLC Salisbury MD, MD
52 Perdue Agribusiness LLC Salisbury, MD
53 Peterson Farms Seed Harwood, ND
54 Pipeline Foods LLC Hope, MN
55 Prairie AquaTech Manufacturing Sioux Falls, SD
56 Prairie Creek Grain Company, Inc. Elwood, IL
57 Richland IFC, Inc. Breckenridge, MN
58 SB&B Foods, LLC Casselton, ND
59 Schwartz Farms Cortland, OH
60 Sevita International Inkerman, MN
61 SMD Products Company LLC Pevely, MO
62 South Dakota Soybean Processors Volga, SD
63 Soyko International, Inc. DBA Circle C Seeds Gary, MN
64 Star of the West Milling Co Frankenmuth, MI
65 Steven J. Speck Ltd. Bowling Green, OH
66 Stone Arch Commodities Minneapolis, MN
67 Stonebridge LTD. Cedar Falls, IA
68 The Andersons, Inc. Overland Park, KS
69 The Delong Co., Inc. Clinton, WI
70 The Redwood Group, LLC Mission, KS
71 The Scoular Company Minneapolis, MN
72 Traverse Intermodal Solutions Cincinnati, OH
73 United Grain Corporation Vancouver Wa, WA
74 US Commodities Minneapolis, MN
75 US Nisshin Shokai Schaumburg, IL
76 USSEC TEST Chesterfield, MO
77 VITERRA USA LLC St Louis Park, MN
78 Wheaton Grain Inc. Chippewa Falls, WI
79 World Food Processing Randolph, MN
80 Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. Zeeland, MI
81 Zen-Noh Grain Corporation Covington, LA
82 ZFS Creston, LLC Creston, IA
83 ZFS Ithaca Ithaca, MI