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Lip balm from Todd County goes to Iraq

Tom Williamson

U.S. soldiers serving overseas frequently find themselves working in all types of weather conditions. Spending so much time outdoors often wreaks havoc on their face and lips.

The Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers came to their rescue last month by donating soy-based lip balm to soldiers in Iraq.

"Our organization heard that soldiers serving overseas were in need of some lip balm," said Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers President Tom Williamson of Osakis. "We knew we had exactly what they needed and thought donating this lip balm was a great way to help U.S. soldiers, while also promoting a soy product and the farmers that grow the soybeans."

The donated lip balm, and many other lip balms, include soybean oil as an ingredient. Manufacturers of industrial and consumer products use soybean oil in a wide variety of products to increase product performance and replace petroleum and other volatile or hazardous ingredients.

Lip balm is widely used to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure. Dry air, cold temperatures, and wind all have a drying effect on the skin.

The lip balm care packages were mailed last month from Long Prairie. The lip balm is expected to arrive in early April.

"Soybeans grown right here in Todd County are made into many different products we use in everyday life," said Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers Treasurer Elisha Graves. "We hope the soldiers find the lip balm beneficial. Almost anyone that tries this type of lip balm falls in love with it. It's become very popular!"

Soybean Research and Promotion Council

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council oversees the investment of checkoff dollars on behalf of approximately 25,000 farmers in Minnesota. The council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers to pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. This money is used to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for soybeans.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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