The USDA will conduct a request for referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Program (soybean checkoff) during a four-week period beginning May 4 and continuing through May 29. The request for referendum will determine whether U.S. soybean producers want a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Program.

Soybean producers eligible to participate in the request for referendum are defined as any producer who paid an assessment on the sale of soybeans during the period beginning Jan. 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2008, and who shared in the ownership and the risk of loss. Eligible individuals who do not want a referendum need not take any action.

Producers can obtain a LS-51-1 form to request a referendum either in person, by mail or by fax from May 4, through May 29, from their county Farm Service Agency offices or online. Individual producers and other producer entities can request a referendum at the county FSA office that maintains and processes the producer’s administrative farm records. A producer not participating in FSA programs may request a referendum at the county FSA office serving the area where the producer owns or rents land.

Request for Referendum forms returned by mail must be postmarked by midnight May 29, and received in the county FSA office by close of business on June 5.

For more information on the request for referendum procedures, click here or contact Kenneth Payne, Chief, Marketing Programs Branch, Livestock and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, STOP 0251, Room 2628-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-0251; tel. 202-720-1115, e-mail Kenneth.Payne@usda.gov, or fax 202 720-1125.

Source: United Soybean Board