A public hearing on a proposed amendment to change the state soybean checkoff rate will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Room 66 in the Illinois Department of Agriculture Building at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Soybean producers are invited to attend the hearing and express their views.
The proposed amendment would change the state rate from 1 cent per bushel assessed to one half of one percent of the selling price of each bushel assessed.
The soybean checkoff has been governed by a nationally legislated rate of one half of one percent since 1991. The proposed change in the underlying state program would not go into effect unless the national program ceases. There would not be two assessments collected and producers would not experience any change in the rate that has been in place since 1991.
This change would simply allow the state rate to mirror the national rate so that if the national program was terminated for any reason, producers and first purchasers would have a smoother transition to the state program.
The proposed change was requested in petitions, signed by over 2,500 farmers and presented to Director of Agriculture Chuck Hartke.
Hartke has named a temporary operating committee consisting of seven affected producers from across the state.
Once the temporary operating committee approves the proposed amendment, the referendum must be held within 90 days. The amendment must then be approved by over 50% of soybean producers who vote in the referendum.