About the Soybean Checkoff

How does the checkoff work?

The Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act established the national soybean checkoff program as part of the 1990 Farm Bill. It requires that all soybean farmers pay .5% per bushel into the soy checkoff at the point of first purchase. 

The collected checkoff funds are then split, with half going to the state of first purchase, and the other half going to the United Soybean Board. New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association is the Qualified State Soybean Board (QSSB) responsible for administering the New York soybean checkoff.

How are checkoff funds invested?

The checkoff is then invested in programs to drive demand in new markets, improve supply through research and educate stakeholders on the value of U.S. soy. The NYCSGA Board of Directors sets the strategic direction and administers the budget of the NY soybean checkoff. 

Soybean Request for Referendum FAQ

A Request for Referendum is an opportunity for producers to say they would like to be offered a referendum on the Soybean Checkoff Program. The Request for Referendum is conducted every 5 years. Additional information and a FAQ can be found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soybean Request for Referendum page.

Can I request a checkoff refund?

The Checkoff Act & Order does not include a refund provision. Producers may instead direct their total assessment to the United Soybean Board by completing a Producer Redirection of Checkoff Assessments FormWe welcome the opportunity to connect with you about the many ways NYCSGA drives value for soybean farmers like you courtesy of the investment you make in the industry.

What if I raise organic crops?  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced the final rules on January 14, 2005, for the exemption for organic producers and marketers from payment assessments under research and promotion boards, to be effective 30 days from publication.

The final rule states that in order to obtain an assessment exemption, a person must operate under a NOP-approved organic system plan and must produce and market only commodities eligible for a "100 percent organic" label under the National Organic Program (NOP). This applies to all commodities produced and marketed by the person, not only those covered by the applicable research and promotion program under which the exemption is sought. 

What if I raise specialty crops?  

Visit soybeanpremiums.org for more information. 

How do I declare non-producer status?  

Form LS-48 must be completed by a seller to prove the soybeans have already been checked off.