FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Delaware Soybean Board has released their request for proposals for soybean promotion and communication projects funded by the soybean checkoff program. Administered by the Delaware Soybean Board (DSB), the checkoff is a 100% farmer-funded program to benefit First State soybean farmers.
Priority project areas identified in the DSB Strategic Plan for communication and promotion projects are Animal Agriculture, Consumer Education, Emerging Markets, Production, Regulation, and Technology. Project proposals outside these areas will also be considered.
“The priority areas identified by the board in our strategic plan will create opportunities for Delaware farmers to become more profitable and efficient,” remarked Cory Atkins, DSB Chair. “We are seeking projects for marketing and educational activities which will result in a stronger soybean industry.”
Projects are to be conducted during the upcoming fiscal year of October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022. Proposal guidelines with application form are available to download here (Word) (PDF). The deadline to apply is July 7, 2021.
Delaware farmers plant about 165,000 acres of soybeans annually, producing over seven million bushels of beans and generating approximately $60 million in value to the state. The Delaware Soybean Board consists of nine farmer-directors and the Secretary of Agriculture. Funded through a one-half of one percent assessment on the net market value of soybeans at their first point of sale, the checkoff works with partners in the value chain to identify and capture opportunities that increase farmer profit potential.