Farm To Fire: Soybeans Provide PFAS Alternative

Pictured: The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board met on Jan. 31, 2024, to approve research proposals for 2024.

This week, the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board is in Dalton, Georgia for a firsthand demonstration of one of its latest checkoff investments.

SoyFoam TF 1122™ is a wetting/smothering agent. It’s capable of extinguishing Class A and Class B fires while eliminating intentionally added PFAS chemicals. There are also no detectable fluorines (less than 1 part per million) in the composition of the foam concentrate. SoyFoam TF 1122™ is the only firefighting foam to attain the gold level through GreenScreen Certified® for Safer Chemicals.

“The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board recently invested in this project because we saw the potential and its environmental advantage,” says WSMB President Pat Mullooly. “I’m excited to see… how this technology is being used to reduce first responders’ exposure to harmful chemicals.”

SoyFoam TF 1122™ attributes its environmental advantage to being certified 84 percent biobased. It’s certified as readily biodegradable and made with U.S. soybeans.

Mullooly and WSMB Executive Director Adam Kask​​ will attend the demonstration in real-world equipment at the Dalton training station. They will also visit Premier Polymers, the manufacturing site of the product. Mullooly and Kask will join a larger group of soybean farmers, firefighters, industry leaders, and experts from across the U.S.

“This product is a prime example of how soybeans can make a greater impact and bring multiple industries together,” says Kask. “The demonstration will showcase just that.”