► Kansas Soybean Commission Election Procedure (due Nov. 30, 2017)
The 2000 Kansas Legislature changed the structure of the state’s commodity commissions (soybean, corn, grain sorghum, wheat and sunflower) effective July 1, 2000. Under K.S.A. 2-3001, each commission is considered an “instrumentality of the state.” The commissions conduct elections for farmers to vote on the commissioners they want to manage their crops’ checkoff-funded research, promotion and education programs. All phases of the election process for the commodities is developed and conducted through the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), including public outreach for potential candidates and voters, ballot formation, tallying the ballots, and announcing new commissioners.
► Kansas Soybean Emerging Leaders Academy (due July 7, 2017)
The Emerging Leaders Academy is a three-part outreach program that works to instill agriculture professionals in Kansas with leadership skills and to provide successful mentoring opportunities.
|2017 Interest Form|
► United Soybean Board Appointment Application (due April 28, 2017)
The Kansas Soybean Commission will discuss potential nominees for the United Soybean Board during an upcoming conference call. It will submit candidates’ names to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May. The Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act authorized the national board, and the secretary of agriculture selects appointees from the soybean farmers that qualified state soybean boards nominate. The eventual appointee will serve a three-year term beginning in December 2017. Eligible farmers should call 877-KS-SOYBEAN (877-577-6923) for more details or to express their interest by April 28.
|Outreach Plan & Diversity of Nominees|
► Kansas Soybean Association Summer Internship (due April 10, 2017)
The summer-intern position is a full-time, temporary, paid position located in Topeka. The Kansas Soybean Association works cooperatively with the Kansas Soybean Commission to increase profit opportunities for all soybean farmers.
|2017 Position Guide|
► Kansas Soybean Expo 2017 (preregister by Jan. 4, 2017)
The Kansas Soybean Expo is a project of the Kansas Soybean Association, the voice and advocate for soybean-farmer members, with checkoff funding from the Kansas Soybean Commission, the soybean checkoff. Those who preregister (postmarked by Jan. 4, 2017,) will have guaranteed seats at the luncheon and are eligible for the early-bird gift-basket drawing. For more information, see http://KansasSoybeans.org/expo or call 877-KS-SOYBEAN (877-577-6923).
|Printable Preregistration Form|
|Online Preregistration Form|
► Kansas Soybean Yield & Value Contests (due Dec. 1, 2016)
|2016 Rules & Entry Form|
► Request for Proposals (due Oct. 14, 2016)
The Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC) funds research projects designed to solve production problems and improve the efficiency of Kansas soybean farmers. Proposals for projects that serve to inform and educate customers, explore new uses, or expand market opportunities also are considered. All proposals must demonstrate benefits for soybean farmers. KSC encourages the broadest possible participation in checkoff-funded projects and welcomes new and challenging ideas for growing, using or marketing soybeans. Project-funding proposals for 2017–2018 are due Oct. 14, 2016.
|Education Program Project Funding Application|
|Research Project Funding Application|
► ‘Kansas Soybeans As a Food’ Program for FACS Teachers (due Sept. 23, 2016)
The Kansas Soybean Commission invites teachers to participate in the Kansas Soybeans As a Food educational program for Kansas middle- and high-school family and consumer sciences departments.
|2016–2017 Guidelines & Forms|
► Kansas Soybean Commission At-large Positions (due June 30, 2015)
The Kansas Soybean Commission seeks two soybean farmers to fill its at-large positions. Any active soybean farmer in Kansas can apply for one of the positions, which the elected commissioners will fill at their Aug. 13, 2015, meeting. The appointees will take their seats on the Commission at the Dec. 3–4, 2015, meeting and serve three-year terms. Learn more about getting involved in the checkoff.
|At-large Commissioner Application Form|
► First Purchasers (ongoing)
The Kansas commodity-checkoffs structure includes one-point collection, in the shape of a one-page form for first purchasers to complete for all five assessments. A first purchaser is a person, corporation, association or partnership that makes the first purchase of a commodity from a farmer after harvest. Most often, first purchasers are grain elevators or commodity dealers, but they can be other businesses, such as seed dealers, biodiesel and ethanol plants, and feedlots.
|First Purchasers’ Fact Sheet & Assessment Form|
► Organic Exemption (ongoing)
Persons who produce and market only products eligible to be labeled as “100 percent organic” may request exemption from assessment under research and promotion programs. The information on this form is required to make a determination concerning a person’s eligibility for exemption.
|USDA-AMS Organic Exemption-Request Form|