Through the checkoff, Eastern Region soybean growers invest in important research projects. The board aims to provide farmers with cutting-edge research they can use to better manage their crops.
Every year, ERSB reviews research proposals from university and industry research scientists and extension specialists. All funded projects intend to further the development of the soybean industry and benefit soybean growers.
Please use the Sponsorship Request Form and FY 2022 Request for Research Proposal online form provided. Please reference the 2022 Research Funding Guidelines and Policy. If you are unable to download the application, please e-mail our office or call (717) 651-5922.(Application process and guidelines are identical to those used in Pennsylvania. On your application, please note that your proposal is for the Eastern Region.)
Deadline for proposals for Fiscal Year 2021 is January 18, 2022.
FISCAL YEAR 2021 RESEARCH PROPOSALS
Checkoff funds are used for implementing research, promotion, consumer information, and industry information designed to strengthen the soybean industry’s position in the marketplace. Funds are also used to maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets and to develop new markets and uses for soybeans and soybean products.
At their February 4, 2021 meeting, the Board awarded grants to two universities for research projects designed to provide reliable production data to soybean growers.
Dr. Heather Darby of the University of Vermont was awarded a $26,000 grant. Her research focuses on developing sustainable soybean production practices and seed varieties that maximize yield and enhance environmental stewardship specific to the challenges of growing soybeans in northern climates.
Dr. David Wright of the University of Florida received a $20,000 grant to continue a two-year study on cover crops that demonstrate improved productivity, reduced weed pressure, mediated soil organic matter and improved soil health.