Soybean Producers Association Law and Legal Definition

A soybean producers association may conduct research in finding new and improved soybean varieties that produce a better quality product and higher yields, and developing soybean cultivators that are resistant to two enemies that plague our nations soybean acreage: Soybean Cyst Nematode and Sudden Death Syndrome. Qualified soybean producers associations may apply to the United States Department of Agriculture for recognition as the Qualified State Soybean Board (QSSB) to administer the Federal Soybean Promotion and Research Checkoff. Once approved, the association is responsible for managing the soybean checkoff moneys and collecting other funding for research, market development and producer communications. Such associations may engage in research in the areas of crop science, plant pathology, soil science among others.

The following is an example of a state statute authorizing a soybean producers association:

"It is hereby declared to be in the interest of the public welfare that producers of soybeans shall be authorized and encouraged to act jointly and in cooperation with handlers, dealers and purchasers of soybeans and with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries and with the State Board of Agriculture and Industries in promoting and stimulating, by research, education, advertising and other methods, the increased and efficient production, distribution, use and sale of soybeans and soybean products, and it is the intent and purpose of this article to authorize and provide a method and procedure for a promotional program for the soybean industry and the financing thereof pursuant to powers conferred upon the Legislature..."