About the Association
The mission of the Kansas Soybean Association is to serve as the voice and advocate for soybean-farmer–members.
The Association’s goals are:
- Maintain the effectiveness and integrity of the Kansas Soybean Commission and the soybean-checkoff program.
- Serve the needs of farmers to enhance their profit potential and success.
- Expand public awareness of the soybean markets.
- Be the voice and advocate of the Kansas soybean industry.
- Develop soybean and agriculture leaders.
- Expand corporate relations with industry partners.
- Increase membership, benefits and services.
- Maintain an organization capable of advancing its vision, mission and goals
On January 19, 1973, at 3:30 p.m., the Kansas Soybean Association Articles of Incorporation were filed by then-Secretary of State Elwill M. Shanahan.
“We, the undersigned, incorporators, hereby associate ourselves together to form and establish a corporation NOT for profit under the laws of the State of Kansas. FIRST: The name of the corporation is KANSAS SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION,” the Articles of Incorporation began.
The three incorporators were Wayne Dicken, De Soto; Robert Manson, De Soto; and Ralph Smith, Iola. These three served on the first board of directors alongside Robert Korthanke, Robinson; Joe Mussa, Cherokee; Albert Kientz, Wamego; Milo Schroeder, Inman; Archie Smith, Montezuma; Dr. Robert Bohannon, Manhattan; Dr. Hyde Jacobs, Manhattan; and Ralph Moore of Cargill in Wichita.
The original purpose of the Kansas Soybean Association, per the Articles, was to “bring together all persons interested in the production, marketing, distribution and utilization of soybeans and soybean products” and lists such things as increased yields, protection from pests, develop better varieties and practices and more.