Welcome to the Eastern Region Soybean Board
The Eastern Region Soybean Board (ERSB) is the Qualified State Soybean Board (QSSB) for soybean farmers in the national soy checkoff program. Soybean farmers from Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia contribute to the Eastern Region Soybean Board.
ERSB focuses on soybean research, marketing and education to support the profitability of soybean farmers in these states.
What is the Soy Checkoff’s Request for Referendum (RFR)?
Soybean farmers originally voted to approve the checkoff and may vote to reconsider. The Soybean Checkoff Act & Order automatically provides farmers the opportunity to RFR every five years. If USDA determines that at least 10 percent of U.S. soybean farmers have requested a referendum, then a referendum will be held within one year from that determination. The last RFR period occurred in 2014. At that time, .06 percent of all U.S. soybean farmers signed an RFR form. The next request period begins in May 6, 2019 and ends on May 31, 2019.
The final results of the RFR will be made public by USDA in the summer of 2019. The results will be announced through an official USDA press release and published in the Federal Register. In addition, USDA will post the official results online.
Eastern Region Soybean Board Mission Statement
Approved August 4, 2106
The Eastern Region Soybean Board will invest soybean checkoff resources for the purpose of advancing soybeans in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia, enhancing sustainability, and providing opportunities for Eastern Region Soybean Growers.