Beginning May 5 and running through May 30, soybean producers are being given an opportunity to decide if they want to be offered a referendum on the Soybean Check-off program. Producers who marketed soybeans between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec.31, 2013 and paid an assessment are eligible to participate in the request for referendum.
Producers who would like to be offered a referendum on the soybean program should contact their local FSA office for additional information or to complete a request form. Completed forms must be returned to the FSA office by the May 30 deadline.
In addition to the completed form, producers must submit proof that an assessment was paid in either 2012 or 2013. In most cases copies of settlement sheets should include the required proof of assessment being paid.
The current Soybean Check-off Program became effective on July 9, 1991 and the first assessments began Sept. 1, 1991. The Soybean Check-off Program is administered by the United Soybean Board, which has 70 members representing 30 states. Funds from the current check-off program are used to advance soybean marketing, promote technology and develop new uses for soybeans.
Only producers who are in favor of a referendum on the Soybean Check-off program should participate. Persons who do not desire a referendum on the Soybean Check-off Program would not participate in the request for referendum. At least 10 percent of the eligible producers must request a referendum before USDA will move forward with a referendum vote. Results of the current request for referendum will probably be announced in either July or August of 2014.
Soybean producers in Wabash County Indiana who are interested in having a referendum on the Soybean Check-off Program can complete forms by visiting the FSA office located at 599 Bryan Ave. Wabash, or visit www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/SoybeaninformationontheSoybeanRequestforReferendum, which you can access with your smart phone by scanning the code provided.
Completed LS-51-1 forms and supporting documentation must be returned to the Wabash County FSA office by fax or in person by close of business May 30, 2014. The Wabash County FSA fax number is 855-387-4502. The office phone number is 260-563-3145 Ext 2.