Leadership

The South Carolina Soybean Board (SCSB) is a group of 12 soybean farmers from South Carolina who are responsible for administering the soybean checkoff in the state. Elected by producers in each district, SCSB directors serve up to three-year terms to comply with the Soybean Marketing Act and Order.

Our Mission

Your South Carolina Soybean Board strives to promote South Carolina soybeans through research, marketing and education.

Our Goals

Increase the profit potential of every South Carolina soybean farmer.

Our Objectives

  • Engage SC soy farmers.
  • Invest in research to address value and stresses unique to SC soy while maintaining yield.
  • Expand market opportunities for SC soy.
  • Collaborate with end users and focus resources to educate influencers on SC soy.
  • Educate end users on the value of SC soy.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the soybean checkoff?

Like producers of other commodities, such as beef, pork, dairy and eggs, soybean farmers collectively invest a portion of their product revenue to fund research and promotion efforts. This collective investment is called a checkoff.


How does the soybean checkoff work?

The soybean checkoff is supported entirely by soybean farmers. The United Soybean Board (USB) directs all national checkoff efforts. USB consists of 69 voulnteer farmer-leaders nominated by their state-level checkoff organizations, called Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs). These nominees are appointed to the board by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.


What's the difference between the United Soybean Board (USB) and the American Soybean Association (ASA)?

USB and ASA are two different organizations with one focus: the success of U.S. soybean farmers. Each group serves this purpose in a different way. USB administers soybean checkoff activities focusing on research, market development and expansion. ASA focuses on advocating on behalf of farmers on state and national legislative and regulatory policy issues, which, by law, the checkoff can’t.


How does the soybean checkoff support individual farmers?

Success for soybean farmers in today’s market takes more than just a good harvest. By building demand both at home and abroad, the soybean checkoff helps ensure a strong and profitable future for U.S. soybean farmers.


What country is expected to have the biggest impact on the future of U.S. soy?

By 2020, China, due to increased demand for protein, could increase its demand for U.S. soy by 37%.


What is the largest U.S. consumer of soy?

U.S.-raised broiler chickens consume about 40% of the domestic supply of soybean meal. In total, poultry, livestock and fish consume more than 98% of the supply of U.S. soybean meal.