The Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board directs your checkoff dollars to research projects that address Louisiana’s most important production issues. The board administers Louisiana’s wheat and corn checkoff and the national checkoffs on soybeans and sorghum for Louisiana. Whether obtained through national or state checkoff programs, your checkoff dollars make it possible to fund continuing research that addresses issues specific to Louisiana conditions.
This report describes some of the activities funded by checkoff dollars. Much effort is focused on addressing diseases, insects and other agronomic issues that adversely affect our yields. Specific projects address diseases in soybeans, aflatoxin in corn, better wheat and soybean varieties, pest and weed control and improved agronomic practices for Louisiana’s growing conditions.
Although research funding is the major focus of the board, market development activities also are funded with the United Soybean Board, National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Grains Council. At the national level, investments in foreign market development projects and new uses are paying off. We are fortunate to be experiencing strong demand from traditional export and domestic markets as well as expanding markets through new uses.
As required by statute, the state checkoff program will conduct a referendum on the continuation of the wheat and corn checkoff in 2010. The assessment on grains was first approved by growers in 1985 and has been reaffirmed every five years since then. When the 2010 vote is conducted, growers will determine whether these programs will continue.
On behalf of the board, I would like to thank you for your support of these programs. Your checkoff dollars make these efforts possible.
Raymond Schexnayder, Chairman
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture