USB/Soy Checkoff

The American Soybean Association and the United Soybean Board/soy 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 advocate for U.S. soy farmers on policy and trade.
Soy Checkoff
The United Soybean Board/soy checkoff mission is to effectively invest and leverage soy checkoff funds to build preference for U.S. soy and increase profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers.
Different Investment by Soybean Farmers

American Soybean Association
ASA has 26 affiliated state organizations representing 30 soybean producing states and more than 300,000 U.S. soybean farmers. The state soybean affiliates invest in ASA at various levels.

Soy Checkoff
The soy 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.

Soy Checkoff
The United Soybean Board/soy checkoff is responsible for research and promotion for U.S. soybeans. By law, soy 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.

Soy Checkoff
The United Soybean Board/soy 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.

Soy 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 volunteer farmer-leaders from affiliated state soybean associations and Canada who have been elected by their state associations to serve on the ASA Board.

Soy Checkoff
The soy checkoff is administered by the United Soybean Board and is composed of 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.