If you have an idea to use or promote soybeans or its many byproducts, the Maryland Soybean Board would like you to submit a proposal for their coming fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020. 

The all-farmer board, which administers the national soybean checkoff program in Maryland, is accepting proposals for funding projects in the areas of soybean promotion and use. The board is particularly interested in projects aligned to priorities in their strategic plan – animal agriculture, consumer education, emerging markets and farmer engagement – however potential projects are not limited to these topics.

“Innovation is a key component for growing soybean demand,” said Linda Burrier, chair of the board’s Promotion  and Communications Committee. “Soybeans and soy oil are used in hundreds of products. We welcome proposals for promoting current uses as well as ideas for new uses to grow our markets.”

Written proposals are due in the board office no later than July 15. Applications can be found here (Word) (PDF). 

In Maryland, farmers grow about half a million acres of soybeans, producing more than 20 million bushels of beans each year. With a value of nearly $200 million to the state’s economy, soybeans are one of Maryland’s top crops.

About Maryland Soybean Board: The Maryland Soybean Board is funded by the national soybean checkoff program, which assesses one-half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans at the first point of sale. The board consists of ten volunteer farmer-directors and directs funds for research, marketing and education programs to benefit the Maryland soybean industry.

For More Information:
Danielle Bauer, Executive Director
Maryland Soybean Board
443-812-4526  |  danielle@mdsoy.com