USB/Soy Checkoff

The American Soybean Association and the United Soybean Board/Soybean Checkoff are two distinctly separate organizations that work for U.S. soybean farmers. The information below explains in what ways the organizations are complementary and how they are different.

Complementary Missions
American Soybean Association
The ASA mission is to serve farmers by protecting and increasing the market value and opportunities for soybean farmers.
Soybean Checkoff
The United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff mission is to effectively invest and leverage soybean checkoff resources to maximize profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers.
Different Investment by Soybean Farmers

American Soybean Association
ASA is a voluntary membership organization. Soybean farmers choose to become dues paying members of ASA and their state soybean association. Dues vary by state, ranging from $55 to $110 a year. The state and ASA each receive a portion of dues.

Soybean Checkoff
Soybean checkoff is a mandatory assessment of 0.5 percent of the market price for every bushel of soybeans sold by the farmer. These dollars are divided 50-50 between the national soybean checkoff and state checkoffs.

Different Responsibilities

American Soybean Association
ASA’s responsibilities include legislative, policy and regulatory efforts in Washington D.C. on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers.

Soybean Checkoff
The United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff is responsible for research and promotion for U.S. soybeans. By law, soybean checkoff dollars cannot be used to fund policy or lobbying activities.

Complementary Issues

American Soybean Association
ASA is actively involved in policy issues that impact U.S. soybean farmers such the renewable fuels standard for biodiesel, the farm bill, trade negotiations, transportation and infrastructure, and a variety of regulatory actions.

Soybean Checkoff
The United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff funds research and promotion impacting soybean farmers. An example of complementary work is when the checkoff funded product and market research to launch biodiesel while ASA created mark pull, through the biodiesel tax incentive and Renewable Fuel Standard.

Complementary International Marketing Efforts

American Soybean Association
ASA supports increased international market development by investing ASA-awarded cost-share funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

Soybean Checkoff
The United Soybean Board invests soybean farmer checkoff dollars to expand international markets for U.S. soybeans and soy products through the U.S. Soybean Export Council, thus ensuring a coordinated program.

Different Governance

American Soybean Association
The ASA organization is governed by a Board of Directors made up of 45 volunteer soybean farmers from 26 state soybean associations and Canada who have been elected by their state associations to serve on the ASA Board. The number of directors from each state is determined by the state’s total membership.

Soybean Checkoff
The soybean checkoff is administered by the United Soybean Board and is composed of 69 volunteer farmer-leaders appointed to the board by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. These farmers are often nominated by their state checkoff boards or fellow farmers through elections.