March KSC agenda includes Commissioner elections, FY23 project adjustments

February 4, 2021 – Kansas Soybean Commissioners are scheduled to meet March 8 in New Orleans, Louisiana, ahead of the 2022 Commodity Classic. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District hotel.

The highlight of the agenda is sharing results of the District 7 and 9 Commission elections, as well as appointing the District 8 position. Commissioners will also hear and discuss adjustments on a small number of projects included in the fiscal year 2023 funding proposal process. Commissioners are also expected to hear a report on the 2022 Soybean Schools and review fiscal year 2022 financials. Much of the business with outside guests is to be conducted virtually. The commissioners may go into executive session to discuss confidential or contractual matters.

For individuals who reside in District 8 (east central Kansas) and want to be involved, an application for the position is available online at 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 as needed. The soybean checkoff reimburses Commissioners for travel and other expenses related to their service. 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 appointee will take his or her seat 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.

To obtain a complete agenda for the March meeting, or receive information about participating, contact KSC Administrator Kaleb Little at or call the Kansas Soybean office at 877-577-6923.

Commissioners are attending Commodity Classic, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused trade show, in March to network with soybean farmers across the country and learn from industry leaders. The national soybean checkoff regularly hosts a trade show booth and listening sessions at Classic.

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.