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Is the Soybean Checkoff Program Working?

Gary Williams, Oral Capps and David Bessler ()

No 90495, Reports from Texas A&M University, Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center

Abstract: The primary objective of this study is to answer two key questions regarding the U.S. soybean checkoff program over time: (1) What have been the effects of the soybean checkoff program on U.S. and world soybean and soybean product markets? (2) Has the soybean checkoff program benefited soybean producers? To answer the first key question, the effects of the soybean checkoff program on U.S. and foreign soybean, soybean meal, and soybean oil supplies, demands, prices, and trade over the 1980/81 through 2006/07 time period are measured. Those results are then used to answer the second question in a benefit-cost analysis of the soybean checkoff program to measure the overall return to producers from soybean checkoff and related expenditures over the years. In general, the study concludes that the expenditure of soybean checkoff funds to invest in production research and to promote the demand for soybeans and soybean products at home and abroad has been highly effective in enhancing the profitability, competiveness, and size of the U.S. soybean industry since at least 1980/81.

Keywords: Crop Production/Industries; Demand and Price Analysis; Marketing; Productivity Analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 103
Date: 2009-04
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.90495

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