Welcome to the website of the Kansas Soybean Commission and the Kansas Soybean Association. The Kansas Soybean Commission and the Kansas Soybean Association are two distinct organizations that work together toward a shared vision of strengthening the representation of Kansas soybean farmers by expanding existing markets, developing new uses, funding agronomic research and communicating goals and successes to farmers, industry partners and consumers.
The Kansas Soybean Commission is a board of nine volunteer farmers who are responsible for managing Kansas’ share of funds received from the national soy checkoff program. The soy checkoff helps ensure a strong and productive future for soybean farmers. Through the checkoff, each farmer contributes 0.5 percent (for example, $5 of $1,000) of the price of each bushel, which elevators and processors collect at the first point of sale. The checkoff uses the funds for activities to improve the profit potential for all soybean farmers in Kansas and across the United States.
The Kansas Soybean Association is the voice and advocate for soybean farmers on local, state, national and international issues of importance. Founded in 1973, its advocacy efforts are made possible by farmers’ voluntary memberships and industry partners’ sponsorships. KSA is the primary contractor to the Kansas Soybean Commission, but paying the checkoff does not automatically make a farmer an association member. By law, the soybean checkoff cannot do the important farm- and trade-policy work that directly affects farmers’ bottom lines, but KSA can with dues and sponsorship dollars.