NDSU Soybean Symposium

NDSU Alumni Center - 1241 N University Dr, Fargo, ND 58102

Accelerating soybean innovation through cross-disciplinary research and collaboration


The symposium strategically bridges multiple disciplines: soybean agronomy, breeding, and new uses research to foster collaboration, build exchanges and develop new networks for cutting edge soybean research. Researchers present their research - in plain language - to expand opportunities for collaboration.

Online registration is closed, but you may register in-person March 27. 



Submissions closed February 29th, 2024. 

Submit an abstract of your soybean-related research for a chance to present, either as a poster or an oral presentation.  Students are eligible to win a cash prize and contribute to the future of the soybean industry.


Keynote Speaker


Headshot of Matt Herman

Matt Herman is the chief officer of demand and advocacy at the Iowa Soybean Association. He is passionate about leveraging policy to support a more productive, profitable, and sustainable soybean rotation. To expand opportunities Matt bridges the divide between policymakers, scientists, and industry.

Matt has worked in private and public roles including at Renewable Energy Group (now Chevron), BIO, & Clean Fuels Alliance America (CFAA) Matt went to Iowa State University where he studied policy and bioenergy. 



Time SessionSpeaker
8:30 amWelcome and IntroductionsDr. Rich Horsley
8:45 am  Icebreaker Activities Dr. Wade Webster
9:05 am KeynoteMatt Herman, Chief Officer, Demand and Advocacy, Iowa Soybean Association Soybean Industry Update 
9:50 am North Dakota Soybean Industry UpdateStephanie Sinner, Executive Director of the North Dakota Soybean Council 
10:10 am



  • Dr. Carrie Miranda Determining genetic mechanisms of maturity in North Dakota: expanding the molecular model for early maturity groups (MG 00 and 0) in Soybean (20 min) 
  • Forrest Hanson  Genetic Diversity in the North Dakota State University Soybean Breeding Program (15 min)
  • Dr. Zheng Lu Breeding by design & precision selection to accelerate soybean improvement (20 min)
11:05 am Break/Poster Viewing 
11:20 amPathology  
  • Dr. Wade Webster - Outlook on New Predictive Decision Support Tools for Managing Soybean Diseases (20 mins) 
  • Dr. Guiping Yan - Update on Pratylenchus dakotaensis, a new root-lesion nematode species on soybean in North Dakota (20 mins)
  • Bijula Sureshbabu - Evaluation of soybean (Glycine max L.) germplasm for their reaction to seed and stem infection by Diaporthe longicolla (15 mins) 
  • Roshan Dhakal - Characterization of fungal and bacterial communities in suppressive soils against soybean cyst nematode in North Dakota (15 mins)
12:35 pm Lunch 

1:35 pm 


 New Uses
  • Dr. Minwei Xu - Exploring the Impact of Protein Subunits on Tofu Quality with AI-assisted Method (20 min)
  • Dr. Qian -  Ma Development of soymeal based bailing twine (15 min) 
  • Dr. Raj Hazra -  Injectable and Implantable Soy Protein Based Hydrogel for Cancer Treatment and Tissue Engineering (15 min)

2:25 pm


  • Dr. Kendall Swanson -  Update on soybean meal supplementation for calves in a bale grazing system (20 min)
  • Cole/ Carrie Miranda student Increasing Soybean Yield under Drought through Enhanced Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in North Dakota (15 min)
  • Dr. Joe Ikley - Silver Bullets are for Werewolves: A North Dakota Perspective on Weed Management (20 min)
3:20 pmBreak/Poster Viewing 
3:45 pmFarmer Panel on Soybean Production 

Moderator: Dr. Hans Kandel

  • Adam Spelhaug - A Farmer from Richland County, North Dakota & Regional Account Manager with GDM Seeds 
  • Mike Schlosser - A Farmer from Edgeley, North Dakota & Current Board Director of the North Dakota Soybean Council 
  • Mike Langseth - A Farmer from Barney, North Dakota & Past Board Director of the North Dakota Soybean Council
4:30 pm  Poster Elevator Pitch Competition 
5:00 pm  Social and Poster Viewing Dr. Rich Horsley
6:00 pm Dinner, Oral Presentation, and Poster Award Dr. Rich Horsley

Symposium Planning Committee

  • Carrie Miranda, PhD, Assistant Professor and project leader for North Dakota’s soybean breeding program
  • Miki Miheguli, Research Programs Coordinator ND Soybean Council
  • Richard Horsley, PhD, Plant Sciences Department Head and Barley Breeder 
  • Richard Webster, PhD, Assistant Professor Plant Pathology
  • Long Jiang, PhD, Professor, Engineering


Our thanks to the North Dakota Soybean Council and BASF for their support of soybean research in North Dakota and their generous support of this symposium.




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Contact Information

Contact Information

Carrie Miranda

Requests for accommodations related to disability should be made to the event contact person at least two weeks in advance of the event.