The Soybean Checkoff:
Shaping the Future of the Industry

By David Wright, Ph.D.
Director of Contract Research & Strategic Initiatives,
Iowa Soybean Association
Director of Research, North Central Soybean Research Program
4554 114th Street, Urbandale, Iowa 50322-5410
(800) 383-1423

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The soybean checkoff is a producer-funded federal initiative under the direction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2007, the national checkoff totaled more than $105 million. This presentation shows how soybean producers, through their soybean checkoff, are helping shape the future of the soybean industry. Soybean producers are helping revolutionize the industry by helping plant breeders develop soybeans that produce a more heart healthy oil for human consumption. These soybeans may one day be our World’s commodity soybean improving human health world-wide. Scientists and plant breeders are diligently working to improve soybean agronomics. Soybean producers have also funded considerable work in genomics that has resulted in a robust physical map. In just the last decade soybean producers have helped discover Rps8, a new gene to protect soybean plants from Phytophthora, several new genes to manage the soybean cyst nematode, genes for resistance to Asian soybean rust, white mold, and brown stem rot. That’s your soybean checkoff. Delivering results.

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