About the Commission
The Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC) is a group of nine farmer-leaders, elected by their fellow Kansas soybean farmers, who work to promote Kansas soybeans. It was established in 1977. Since 1991, as a qualified state soybean board (QSSB) under the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the Commission has overseen the investment of 50 percent of Kansas’ soybean-checkoff dollars. (The other 50 percent goes to the United Soybean Board.)
KSC’s mission is to improve the profit potential of all Kansas soybean farmers. The commissioners have identified the following priorities for work toward that mission.
- Breeding, production and environmental programs. Focus on finding the most economical and efficient cropping systems and management practices that have minimal effect on the environment.
- Animal- and human-nutrition studies. Increase the use of soy in livestock feeding and find new, innovative uses for soy in human nutrition.
- Value-added projects. Develop and commercialize new industrial uses for soy.
- Outreach program. Provide extensive information to Kansas soybean farmers about soybean pricing, crop disappearance, market share, crop-insurance options, yield protection, farm-program considerations and marketing options.
- International market development. Focus on increasing international customers’ use of U.S. soy.
In addition, KSC promotes soy and the benefits of using soy products to consumers. It also informs Kansas soybean farmers about its activities through farmer communications and participation in state and national industry events.