The United Soybean Board held its annual meeting this week to discuss the 2007 soybean checkoff. The 64 farmers on the board elected a chairman for the upcoming year, went over 2006 checkoff accomplishments, and looked at important topics such as biodiesel and international marketing.
Eric Niemann, a farmer from Nortonville, Kan., will be the chairman for 2007.
"I will continue to remain dedicated to the mission of the soybean checkoff and want you all to know that my phone will always be on and my door will be open," he says.
USB will have a $43 million budget to work with in the next year. Among spending priorities, soy biodiesel remained important. The board decided that soy biodiesel quality would be a priority next year. International markets issues will be important as well, after a year in which the U.S. worked with South American nations to market products to India.
In 2006, the soy checkoff was 77% supported by U.S. soybean farmers, according to a checkoff-funded survey. The survey also indicates that just under 50% of soybean farmers use biodiesel.