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Ohio Soybean Council receives pair of R&D awards

• Nov 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) received two R&D 100 Awards in recognition of a soy-based floor coating that was funded with Ohio soybean farmers’ checkoff dollars.

The awards were announced Nov. 16 at the 56th annual R&D 100 Awards show  in Orlando, Fla. The R&D 100 Awards honor the 100 most innovative technologies of the past year.

OSC won in cooperation with Light Curable Coatings, Redwood Innovations and Quick Cure Protective Coatings in the Mechanical/Materials category. OSC was also awarded a Special Recognition for Green Technology. These awards are OSC’s ninth and 10th R&D 100 Awards since 2002. OSC has received five R&D 100 Awards in the last five years.

The soy-based UV-cured, high-performance, bio-preferred floor coating contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The clean, green soy-acylate-based product delivers exceptionally low cure times and meets or exceeds industry targets for appearance, hardness, adhesion, solvent resistance and application temperature.

“It feels incredible to know that something developed with checkoff dollars is considered one of the most innovative technologies of the past year,” said Nathan Eckel, OSC Research Committee chairman and soybean farmer from Wood County. “Developing soy-based products continues to be a priority for the Ohio Soybean Council, and we are proud to see our biobased products recognized on a national and international level.”

For more information about Light Curable Coatings, OSC’s role in its development, or licensing, contact Barry McGraw, OSC’s director of product development and commercialization, at bmcgraw@soyohio.org or 614-476-3100.

Headquartered in Worthington, the Ohio Soybean Council is governed by a volunteer farmer board, which directs the soybean promotion and research program. The program’s primary goal is to improve soybean profitability by targeting research and development projects through the investment of farmer-contributed funds. For more information, call 614-476-3100 or visit www.soyohio.org.

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