ISA's membership efforts go towards supporting policy development and lobbying efforts in the Indiana Legislature and in Washington, D.C. NO checkoff funds can be used in these efforts.
Download a membership form OR use the American Soybean Association's (ASA) online membership application. Membership in ASA also includes your ISA membership.
Checkoff Funds Can't Be Used For Soybean Policy Development & Lobbying
If you are a producer who pays the soybean checkoff, your checkoff funds cannot be used for lobbying elected officials on critical issues affecting your farming business in the Indiana General Assembly and U.S. Congress.
ISA Board members visit Senator Joe Donnelly in Washington, D.C.
That's where the policy committee of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the American Soybean Association (ASA) steps in. ISA Policy Committee and ASA are the soybean farmer's voice on critical public policy issues. Organized at the national and state level, soybean farmers who become ASA members determine public policy positions on critical issues like the next farm bill, trade policy and biofuels legislation.
For a list of ISA’s public policy positions, click here.
Membership in the Indiana association and ASA lets you join with other soybean producers to lobby for better farm policy, which, in turn, makes your farm more viable.
Soybean Farmers Need Both Checkoff and Policy Organizations
Take biodiesel for example... soybean checkoff funds are used to research, promote and educate on the value of using biodiesel. But, getting government incentive programs for companies to use biodiesel takes lobbying efforts by the ASA and your state soybean association.
All soybean producers benefit from the work of these organizations.
Associations vs. Checkoff?
Indiana Soybean Alliance
United Soybean Board
Indiana Soybean Alliance (Policy Committee)
American Soybean Association
Paid by anyone who sells soybeans
Every soybean producer participates in the checkoff at the rate of 0.5 percent of the market price per bushel, when the crop is first sold. Checkoff funds vary from year to year, but usually total more than $50 million annually.
Half of all checkoff funds remain in the states where they are collected, for state producer-controlled checkoff boards to direct.
The other half of the checkoff funds is forwarded to the United Soybean Board, where it is invested on a national level in four major program areas: International Marketing, Domestic Marketing, New Uses and Production
Dues are paid for membership.
Members who join the Indiana's association also join the ASA.
ASA is the policy, domestic marketing, new uses, research, and international marketing advocate of the U.S. soybean farmer.
Lobbying efforts to ensure better farm policy can only be made by association efforts; soybean checkoff funding cannot pay for policy work. Policy work done by the associations includes, for example: ASA-concerns with the Farm Bill about the oilseed-payment-calculation-method glitch. Had it not been fixed, soybean producers could have lost on-half of the additional oilseed base, and corresponding direct- and counter-cyclical payments to which they would be entitled