Your checkoff dollars go a long way

The soybean checkoff is federally mandated by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council uses checkoff dollars to improve the profitability of Minnesota soybean farmers.

Checkoff program priorities

First Purchasers

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Market Development

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Environmental Stewardship

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Marketing Communications

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New Uses

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How the checkoff works for Minnesota farmers

The soybean checkoff is federally mandated by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act. Every time a Minnesota soybean farmer sells soybeans, one half of one percent of the market price is checked off. Half of the checkoff is utilized by Minnesota, while the other half is utilized by the United Soybean Board.

Checkoff programs

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is committed to increasing farmer profitability through the wise investment of checkoff dollars.

All soybean producers in all soybean producing states participate in the checkoff program. The only exception is a producer who holds a current Certificate of Exemption issued by the United Soybean Board. Exempt producers must provide all first purchasers they transact with a copy of their Certificate of Exemption.

The first purchasers (elevator, terminal, processor, seed producer, trucker or extruder, etc.) collect the checkoff from the producer. First purchasers are required to collect on all soybeans purchased, regardless of the state-of-origin.

For more information or for checkoff remittance forms, click below.

ls-46-checkoff-remittance form

Research is one of the most important efforts the MSR&PC supports. The results of that research are paying dividends. Soybeans, which were initially produced as a cover crop, are now grown from one end of Minnesota to the other, including in areas where soy production was thought to be nearly impossible. Farmers have also benefited from research into yield-robbing pests and diseases. By supporting public research, the MSR&PC is doing its part to maintain and increase producer profitability.

The MSR&PC focuses its research on three main objectives:

  1. improving yields through genetics,
  2. improving agronomic practices and
  3. improving pest management.

Each year, MSR&PC funds research that contributes to a steady increase in soybean yields, greater variety availability, improved pest management options and much more. If not for the support of farmers and their checkoff funds, it is unlikely Minnesota would have grown to become one of the nation’s top soybean producing states.

Research Resources – Documents

Take Action on Weeds Quick Start Guide

Variety Trails

Each year Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station scientists conduct performance tests of appropriately adapted public and private soybean entries.

U of M Variety Trials

The Northwest Minnesota County Variety Trials are part of a coordinated effort by Minnesota County Soybean Grower Associations and University of Minnesota Extension to expand the amount of research information that soybean growers have access to in northwest Minnesota. Review the results here:

2018 NW Soybean Variety Trials

Growing in a Global Market

The world market is growing faster than ever before – and so is the need to continually promote and find new markets for Minnesota’s consistently high quality soybeans and its products. The Market Development program area invests soybean checkoff dollars into four key areas – domestic and international markets, livestock, trade relations and transportation.

Domestic and International Markets

To continue creating a demand for Minnesota soybeans, soybean checkoff dollars are used to fund projects that help research, develop and maintain markets, at home and abroad. This includes the way Minnesota markets its soybeans and its quality.

Measuring True Soybean Value – Essential Amino Acids (EAA)

Essential amino acids (EAA) cannot be synthesized by animals and therefore must be provided in their diet. Animals require EAA to produce proteins needed for health maintenance and growth.

In partnership with North and South Dakota Soybean Councils, Minnesota soybean checkoff dollars have been invested to develop a supplemental measurement to the traditional crude protein measurement to reflect the critical essential amino acids in soybeans called the critical amino acid value (CAAV). According to the University of Minnesota and its data, northern-origin U.S. soybeans and soybean meal have higher CAAV values.

CAAV measures five critical essential amino acids – a better indication of soybean quality for feed ingredient buyers than just crude protein. Buying soybeans based on crude protein alone can be inefficient and potentially costly. The CAAV measurement of soybeans provides a quicker, more accurate profile of soy products’ nutritional quality and value.

Investing checkoff dollars into this project has allowed Minnesota soybeans to stay competitive compared to southern-origin beans.

To learn more about this project, or calculate your own CAAV, visit https://www.soyquality.com/.


Livestock is the number one customer of soybeans, with 98 percent of soybean meal used for feed. Exports from livestock are also an important part of the equation.

Soybean checkoff dollars are invested into meat export promotions through a partnership with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Checkoff dollars are also used for feeding trials and research being done at the new South Dakota State University swine facility.

Trade Relations

Trade teams and relationship building with our overseas customers is a large component of the market development program area.
Cultivating relationships and communicating the quality of Minnesota’s soybeans is a key focus to opening new markets for Minnesota soybean farmers.

Supporting key messaging for international buyers

2018-19 Soybean Export Quality Report

Interested in hosting a trade team on your farm?


The journey from our fields to countries abroad is as important to maintaining relationships as the quality of the product. If we grow a quality product but can’t ship the soybeans to a final destination in a timely manner, than all quality is lost. We take pride in the entire product, from the fields we grow our soybeans in, to the route it takes to its final destination.

How Locks Work
Minnesota Freight Railroad Map
Where Soybeans Go

Taking Care of the Land that Takes Care of Us

As farmers, the land is our most valuable asset. Without it, everyone loses. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council understands the importance of taking care of the land, and as such, is devoted to staying on top of the changing landscape of conservation practices in Minnesota. The Council also works to educate farmers on best conservation practices and to the general public about what farmers are doing to produce a sustainable product.

Conservation Tillage
Energy Use Per Bushel of Soybeans
U.S. Soybean Yield for Last 30 Years
U.S. Soybean Acreage for Last 30 Years
A Framework for Sustainable Farming

A Voice for Farmers and Consumers

Whether it’s a new development in soybean research or a milestone in soybean exports, communication and marketing are key elements to each checkoff investment. Producers need to know where their checkoff dollars are being invested to ensure the checkoff program remains effective, efficient and farmer-driven.

In Minnesota, soybean farmers keep up with the latest checkoff developments through a variety of tools – including weekly Soy Minutes on four major radio networks, Minneline, Soybean Business magazine, or right here at mnsoybean.org. Our county soybean boards also help further the soybean checkoff message through a variety of events and promotions throughout the year.

The Versatility of Soybeans

When people think of soybeans, the first things that may come to mind are soy foods or biodiesel. While soybeans are in several products we might purchase at the grocery store, soybeans play a bigger role in our society. From using the oil of the soybean to create fuel or using ground up soybeans to feed animals, there are many ways to use a soybean.

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council directs checkoff funds to the research and development of new uses for soybeans, such as cleaning products, cooking oil, carpet backing, ink, paint, fuel in the form of biodiesel and many more products. Why? Because new uses for soybeans means beneficial products for farmers and non-farmers, and more money in farmers’ pockets.

2017 Soybean Product Guide
Soybean checkoff-funded projects for soy new uses. 

Buy what you produce

When people think of soybeans, the first thing that may come to mind is soybean meal or biodiesel. While soybeans are in several products, they can play an even larger role on your farm. Through checkoff-funded work, soybeans are now used to make Goodyear tires, fleet oil and lubricants, hydraulic fluid and so much more. Farmers are so crucial to the production of soybeans, why not buy what you produce?

List of soy biobased products.

Opportunities for soybeans are endless

The use of soybeans goes even further than the farm. Construction workers are using soy-based roof coating and sealers, insulation and paint. Taking it another step, football fields, road sealant and dust suppressants are being used across the country. These products are mainly used on a large scale, but all tie back to the field.

Soybeans are practical

Whether you know it or not, common household items are made from soybeans. As we wash our hands every day or take the weekend to clean the house, the soybeans in our fields are actually used to help clean your home. From bathroom and window cleaner to laundry detergent, soy-based products can be part of your daily routine.

Checkoff resources

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council works closely with the agricultural community to ensure the needs of Minnesota soybean farmers are met. Here are a few of the organizations we work with.


  • University of MN
  • North Central Soybean Research Program
  • County Soybean Test Plot Results
  • MN Ag Water Resources Coalition


  • Soyfoods guide
  • MN Ag in the Classroom
  • Ag Womens Conference
  • South Central College Ag Literacy Institute

Marketing Communications

  • Red River Farm Network
  • MN Farm Network
  • Linder Farm Network

Int’l Marketing

  • US Soybean Export Council
  • US Meat Export Federation
  • Northern Crops Institute
  • Midwest Shippers Assoc.

Domestic Marketing

  • Nat’l Biodiesel Board
  • American Lung Assn. of MN


  • University of MN
  • North Central Soybean Research Program
  • County Soybean Test Plot Results
  • MN Ag Water Resources Coalition

Annual Report 2019

Download the 2019 Minnesota Soybean Annual Report.