THE UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD (USB)
The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy's customers.
As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.
About the Checkoff
The United Soybean Board, created by the Farm Bill of 1990 to manage and direct the National Soybean Checkoff, is dedicated to spreading knowledge and understanding of the soybean.
The checkoff invests in research, promotion, marketing and commercialization programs to help expand and develop markets for U.S. soybeans. As part of the checkoff program, every soybean farmer contributes 0.5 percent of the market price for each bushel sold. These funds are used at the state level by qualified state soybean boards (QSSBs) and nationally by USB to support the goals of U.S. soybean farmers in six main areas: animal utilization, industrial utilization, human utilization, supply, industry relations and market access.
Dedicated to the Future of Edible Oils
As consumer demand for soybean oil increases, USB is committed to ongoing research and continuous improvement of an already superior product. USB has established a core team of exceptional academic and industry professionals who are developing enhanced soybean oils to better meet the needs of food industry professionals and provide additional health benefits to consumers.
Taking Pride in Producing a Healthy Crop
Working with independent researchers affiliated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and academic institutions, USB has invested millions of dollars into health and nutrition research related to soy. Soybean growers take pride in producing one of the healthiest crops in the world.