South Carolina Soybeans


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

SCSB strives to promote South Carolina soybeans through research, marketing and education.

Our Goals

Achieve higher yield for South Carolina soybean farmers.

Our Objectives

  • Fund focused research to develop newer, more effective chemistry to target pests specific to our region.
  • Identify and develop best management practices to promote increased yield potential.
  • Increase research resources by partnering with other groups experiencing similar production problems.
  • Work with soybean farmers in South Carolina to achieve these goals.


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.