September 1995

In This Issue:

As part of the board’s continuing commitment to keeping Arkansas soybean producers informed about how your checkoff dollars are being used, don’t miss the first issue of "Soybeans Today". This new tabloid publication, which is being produced by the Cooperative Extension Service, will provide you with the lastest information on results of research funded by your checkoff. With plans to be produced annually, the maiden issue of "Soybeans Today" is due to be mailed to each Arkansas producer in early January, 1996. Watch your mailbox for this informative, easy-to-read publication.

Soybean Refund Poll Results Announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that results of a July 26 nationwide poll of soybean producers indicate that producers do not want a refund referendum to decide if refunds should continue.

As a result, producers will not be entitled to refunds on soybeans sold on or after Oct. 1,” said Lon Hatamiya, administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which oversees research and promotion programs.

Hatamiya said a refund referendum would only have been held only if at least 20 percent of the 381,000 producers nationwide signed the poll. Only 48,782 soybean producers participated in the poll - far short of the 76,200 required to trigger a refund referendum.

Depending on each state’s refund requirements, producers should have at least 30 days after the date of sale to request refunds on any soybeans sold prior to Oct. 1. Since the requirements vary, it is important for producers seeking refunds to contact their Qualified State Soybean Board or the United Soybean Board concerning the deadline for requesting refunds, Hatamiya said.

AMS conducted the poll in cooperation with the Consolidated Farm Service Agency. Assessments generated under the program finance promotion, research and consumer information activities to strengthen the soybean industry’s position in the marketplace.

The results of the producer poll and the Oct. 1 effective date for discontinuing refunds are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register in September. For copies, contact Ralph Tapp, Chief, Marketing Programs Branch, Livestock and Seed Division, AMS, USDA, P. O. Box 96456, Room 2606-S, Washington, D.C. 20090-6456; telephone 202/720-1115.

In Arkansas, 743 producers expressed a desire for a refund referendum. Based on the above announcement, producers in Arkansas will have 45 days after the date of sale to request refunds on any soybeans sold prior to Oct. 1, 1995. As in the past, all refund requests must be submitted on a refund request form, which can be obtained from the Miscellaneous Tax Section, Department of Finance and Administration, and must be accompanied by supporting documentation such as the settlement sheet.

Arkansas Board Meets

The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board held their regular summer meeting on August 13-14, 1995, in Fayetteville. A business session of the Board was held Sunday evening, August 13, and a tour of Board-funded research and research committee sessions with project leaders was held Monday, August 14.

Highlights of the business session were as follows:

Dates of Interest

The following dates may be of interest to Arkansas soybean producers:
Dec. 6, 1995 - Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board Meeting, Farm Bureau Center, Little Rock, AR
Jan. 5, 1996 - Tri-State Soybean Forum, Dumas, AR
Feb. 7-9, 1996 - Southern Soybean Conference, Memphis, TN

Board Members

Members of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board for 1995-96 are:
Stanley Reed, Marianna, Chairman
Roger Pohlner, Fisher, Vice-Chairman
Art Simpson, Marked Tree, Secretary-Treasurer
Jerry Ford, Lake Village
Joe Kirksey, Mulberry
Bryan Moery, Wynne
Paul McCutchen, Parkin
Mary Ratcliffe, Sweet Home
David Walt, Dumas

Staffing Provided By:

Ewell Welch
Arkansas Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 31
Little Rock, AR 72203

USB Meeting Highlights

Highlights of major actions taken at the last meeting of the United Soybean Board held in St. Louis, Missouri, July 28-August 1, 1995, are as follows:

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