Frances Gould | 8/14/2015 12:30:32 AM
The Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board directs your checkoff funds to research projects that address Louisiana’s most important production and marketing issues.
The Board administers Louisiana’s wheat and corn checkoff and the national checkoffs for soybeans and grain sorghum in Louisiana. By working with the national programs, the Board is able to obtain funds for research specific to Louisiana’s needs. Whether obtained through national or state programs, your checkoff dollars are essential for the development of solutions to Louisiana problems, particularly as federal and state research funds become more limited.
This report describes some of the activities funded by your checkoff dollars. The majority of this effort is focused on applied research projects addressing various agronomic issues. Projects are evaluating and adapting technologies that identify and manage production issues, such as irrigation, soil fertility and weed, insect and disease management issues as well as developing new varieties. Technology and information gained from research are also extended through the support of the various demonstration programs. This year the Board also funded a survey to get your input on various research issues. Dr. Kurt Guidry is conducting the survey. Please take the time to give us your input.
The Board also collaborates with other states on regional soybean and corn research efforts. Additional resources are gained by participate in research efforts with both the Mid-South Soybean Board and the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence.
While the Board is mainly focused on production research, market development activities are also supported with the United Soybean Board, National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Grains Council. We are fortunate that these efforts continue to build on the strong demand from both traditional export and domestic markets.
We encourage you to get involved in the checkoff programs. The next Board meeting will be November 19-20, 2015, in Baton Rouge at the LSU AgCenter to hear reports on funded projects and review new proposals.
On behalf of the Board, I thank you for your support of these programs.
Raymond Schexnayder, Chairman
Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board