Applications available for Commissioners-at-large positions
February 5, 2021 – On the agenda for the March 8 meeting of the Kansas Soybean Commission is filling the two at-large positions on the Commission.
Commissioners volunteer their time to oversee the investment of checkoff dollars to improve profit potential for all soybean farmers in Kansas. They attend three meetings annually and participate in conference calls between those meetings. The soybean checkoff reimburses Commissioners for travel and other expenses related to their service.
For individuals wanting to be involved in this process of managing checkoff funds, applications for the at-large positions are available online. Applicants may also call the soybean office at 877-577-6923 for assistance or additional information.
Applicants must be a Kansas resident at least 18 years old and must have been engaged in growing soybeans within the last three years to qualify.
The Commission seeks to ensure, to the best of its ability, that appointees reflect the diversity of the farmers it serves in terms of farm size, experience, production methods, and marketing strategies.
The appointees take their seats on the Commission at the annual meeting in August. Nine farmer-leaders serve on the commission, each elected by region to a three-year term. The commissioners-at-large term cycle coincides with the election of the single commissioner for districts 1, 2 and 3 in the western third of the state.
The Kansas Soybean Commission, established in 1977, includes nine volunteer farmer-commissioners who are elected by their peers. They oversee investments of the legislated “soybean checkoff” assessment in research, consumer information, market development, industry relations and farmer outreach to improve the profit opportunities for all Kansas soybean farmers.