Checkoff at Work

The soybean checkoff works to improve farmers’ profit potential through marketing and promotion, production research and educational efforts. At the state level, the Kentucky Soybean Board focuses on challenges and opportunities faced by Kentucky soybean farmers.

KSB allocates a large portion of its operating budget each year to production research. This research helps leverage state and federal funds for research at Kentucky universities. Some are long-term, ongoing projects for which funds are renewed annually and other projects that are brought before the board for consideration focus on new facets of soybean research.  Projects range from our soybean rust hotline and early notification system to work with poultry litter, from glyphosate-resistant weed strategy research to the study of soybean vein necrosis and other diseases. One researcher is even studying the effects of beneficial bacteria in soybeans and how that bacteria may help fix nitrogen, which can improve yield while decreasing inputs. Learn more about current projects being funded here. 

The Kentucky Soybean Board works closely with the Kentucky Soybean Association and other agricultural partners to help promote the Kentucky Soybean industry. From ag in the classroom to the National Farm Machinery Show to FFA and the State Fair, you’ll find volunteers and staff representing Kentucky soybeans in all the right places.