USDA announced Friday the results of the request of referendum for the soybean checkoff. Only 759 farmers submitted requests for a referendum to their Farm Service Agency office. That represented one-tenth of 1% of all eligible soybean farmers, far short of the 10% needed to have a referendum conducted on the checkoff.
"These results reaffirm that U.S. soybean farmers strongly support our soybean checkoff," says United Soybean Board Chairman Chuck Myers, a soybean farmer from Lyons, Neb. "Our effective, efficient and farmer-driven program will continue to strive to maximize the return on investment of each checkoff dollar to ensure that U.S. soy is the highest quality and most competitive in the global marketplace."
A request for referendum of the soybean checkoff is required by USDA every five years. Farmers certifying they paid the checkoff at any time between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2008 were eligible to participate in the petition for referendum.