USB Chairman Comments on Checkoff Investigation

Chuck Meyers, United Soybean Board chairman, says USB has not been notified of an audit by the USDA Office of Inspector General.

Published on: Jan 12, 2009

Chuck Meyers, United Soybean Board chairman, says USB has not been notified of an audit by the USDA Office of Inspector General.

"From what I understand, and this information comes from what I've read in the media, the secretary of agriculture has recommended OIG proceed with an audit. I have heard that OIG is going to take it on but USB has not been contacted."

The corn and soybean producer from Lyons, Nebraska, also noted that since the checkoff is a federally authorized program, "we have always been under the oversight of the USDA. And USDA has always approved our methods, our communications and approved our spending. They approve our audits every year.

"We are all about auditing and evaluation because we have an audit and evaluation committee that audits our projects on an ongoing basis. We audit most state checkoffs every year. We are always working to be transparent," declares.

As far as the allegations that ASA has made, "My first response is that if there is anything that needs to be corrected, the USB board of directors are the first ones to want to fix anything that needs fixing. We take our jobs and responsibility very seriously."