Partners in Support of Soybean Farmers
Two distinct South Dakota Soybean groups — the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC) and the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) — are sister organizations designed to support South Dakota soybean growers. The two groups are funded and governed separately and have unique goals and missions. The groups do share administrative resources and are united in the overarching goal of helping South Dakota soybean growers thrive.
The South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) represents member producers of all sizes, giving them all a strong voice in the formation of legislation and public policy that affects long-term profitability of soybean producers and the industry as a whole.
South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council invests checkoff dollars in researching new production techniques, markets and uses for soybeans that benefit South Dakota farmers.
For the past 90 years, the American Soybean Association has met the demands of a growing world. The American soybean farmer has a tremendous opportunity to answer the call of agricultural needs throughout the world and ASA is the collective voice of 21,000 U.S. soybean producers.
The 73 volunteer farmer-directors of the United Soybean Board oversee national soy checkoff investments to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. The soybean checkoff is supported entirely by soybean farmers with individual contributions of 0.5 percent of the market price per bushel sold each season. The efforts of the checkoff are directed by the United Soybean Board, composed of 73 volunteer farmer-leaders often nominated by their state-level checkoff organizations, called Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs). The nominees are appointed to the board by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.