The activities of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) to expand international markets for U.S. soybeans and products are made possible through ASA’s investment of cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, support from cooperating industries, and by producer checkoff dollars invested by the United Soybean Board and various state soybean councils.
The export promotion work of USSEC is critical for soybean producer profitability because the equivalent of every other row of soybeans produced in the U.S. is exported as whole soybeans, or processed and exported as soybean meal and soybean oil.
USSEC operates offices located in key marketing areas throughout the world.
ASA provides the majority of funding for the implementation of an aggressive international marketing program for U.S. soybean producers that leverages soybean checkoff funds with ASA’s Foreign Market Development (FMD) cooperator program and Market Access Program funding. ASA’s success in competing for USDA funds reinforces the partnership between soybean checkoff investments and USDA’s support for soybean international marketing activities.