Atlantic Soybean Council
We are a Farmer-Led Organization
The Atlantic Soybean Council works to identify commonalities in research projects in the Mid-Atlantic area while identifying possible duplications.
Current Members – Delaware Soybean Board, Eastern Region Soybean Board, Maryland Soybean Board, New Jersey Soybean Board, New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association, Pennsylvania Soybean Board, and the Virginia Soybean Board.
Smaller states with limited checkoff funding need to work together to fund research projects. Identifying those projects that can apply to multiple states will help to leverage those checkoff funds and enable a bigger impact. The Atlantic Soybean Council provides the opportunity for researchers and producers to identify common areas of research needed. Coordination of research projects will result in fewer duplications of projects. The collaborative nature of the Council provides for innovative projects to be developed and funded, and the results be disseminated by staff to a wider audience of soybean farmers and researchers with the potential to impact future research.
- To identify gaps and replications in soybean research
- To bring researchers and producers together to identify areas where multi state research can be beneficial
Board of Directors:
- Chairman – Travis Hutchison (Maryland)
- Vice Chairman – Cameron Gibson (Virginia)
- Treasurer – Robbie Emerson (Delaware)
- Bill Bibus (New Jersey)
- Dale Brown (Maryland)
- Emmaline Long (New York)
- Nick Kercheval (Eastern Region)
- Steve Hykes (Pennsylvania)
The Atlantic Soybean Council (Council) combines soybean check-off funds from its member states to sponsor basic and applied research to increase soybean profitability and enhance yield, while maintaining or improving soybean composition, through genetic improvement and biotic and abiotic stress mitigation.
The Council accepts proposals annually to develop and coordinate a multi-state on-farm research program with the purpose of creating a multi-state on-farm network of replicated field experiments. Results from this program and entered into a database that captures results over differing environments and will address common interest for the farmers in the member states. Areas of interest identified by the Council include:
- Farmer profitability (increase yields, optimizing inputs).
- Wildlife damage management.
- Nematode survey.
- Dectes Stem Borer research.
- Weed resistance.
- Environmental issues, including climate change and water quality.
- Overall disease stress and resistance.
Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are released by June 1 each year and are due on the 15th of the same year. Project funding period is one-year, running from October 1 of the application year to September 30 of the following year. Find our most recent RFP here.
Learn about ongoing and completed research from the Council and other soy states.
- Soybean Research Database
- This project was funded by the United Soybean Board to help all stakeholders find information about soybean research projects that are funded by the soybean checkoff. This database is nationwide and reflects projects starting in 2008 to date.
- Soybean Research Information Network
- Find information regarding soybean diseases, pests, diagnostic tools and more. Read curated summaries and highlights of the latest research.
- United Soybean Board
- The United Soybean Board — your soy checkoff — is governed by 78 farmer-leaders from across the country with one common goal: increasing return on investment for all U.S. soybean farmers. Whether it’s through researching production practices, working with the supply chain or finding new markets for soy oil and meal both here and abroad, the soy checkoff has its farmers’ best interests at heart when investing their funds for maximum ROI.
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