The soybean R&P program operates as the United Soybean Board. The program's goal is to maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets and uses for soybeans and soybean products. It is funded by a mandatory assessment of 0.5 of 1 percent of the net market price of soybeans. All producers marketing soybeans, except organic producers, must pay the assessment.
Annual assessments under the national program were $104.8 million in 2013 and $109.1 million in 2014. The assessments fund the United Soybean Board, which runs the industry’s research and promotion program under AMS oversight. The Board develops budgets and contracts to carry out a coordinated program of promotion, research, consumer information, and industry information. The latest evaluation of the program’s value, calculated from 1991, estimates a $5.20 return on investment for every program dollar invested.
The program was created and is administered under the authority of the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (pdf). It became effective on July 9, 1991, when the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (pdf) was published. Assessments began September 1, 1991
Organization of the United Soybean Board
The United Soybean Board has 73 members representing 29 States and the Eastern and Western regions. Each year, the Secretary of Agriculture appoints approximately one-third of all Board members for 3-year terms. Nominees must be nominated by a Qualified State Soybean Board. The Board’s office is located in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Nominations & Membership
To become a member of the United Soybean Board, you must be:
- A soybean producer who is engaged in the growing of soybeans in the United States who owns, or who shares the ownership and risk of loss of, such soybeans.
- Nominated by a Qualified State Soybean Board and submit a completed application.
- Form LS-45 - Nomination for Appointment to the Soybean Board
- Form LS-46 - Soybean Remittance Report
- LS-48 Statement of Certification of Non-Producer Status
- United Soybean Board AD-755 Form- Advisory Committee Membership Background Information
- Nominee's Agreement to Serve Form
Organic Assessment Exemption
R&P programs allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed or import “organic” and “100 percent organic” products to be exempt from paying assessments regardless of whether they are a “split” operation.
Proposes Changes to Beef and Soybean Checkoff Programs
On July 15, 2016, AMS proposed changes to the beef and soybean checkoff programs that would allow producers, under certain circumstances, to request that their assessments paid to a qualified state board or council be redirected to the national program.
- Press Release
- Federal Register Notice (pdf)
- Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
- Draft USB Producer Redirection of Checkoff Assessments Form (pdf)
Mailing Address & Fax Number
USDA, AMS, LPS, RPD
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
STOP 0248 Room 2608
Washington, DC 20250
USDA Oversight Contact
James Brow (oversees the USB & American Lamb Board)