The Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board (TSPB) is the Qualified State Soybean Board (QSSB) for Tennessee producers in the national checkoff program. TSPB promotes the growth and development of our state’s soybean industry by investing checkoff funds in research, advertisement, promotion, education and market development.

Through the checkoff, each farmer contributes one-half of 1 percent of the price of each bushel at the first point of sale. The TSPB keeps one-half of the checkoff funds collected to conduct state-specific soy research and promotion activities on behalf of farmers. The other half gets sent to the national soy checkoff.

A farmer-driven board oversees and manages TSPB’s share of checkoff investments, which focuses on soybean research, marketing and education to support the profitability of soybean farmers in these states.

The board membership is composed of nine soybean producers from across the state. The Tennessee Soybean Association, the Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative, and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation make three nominations to the Commissioner of Agriculture who selects one member from each nomination list. Board members are selected for three-year terms with the limitation of two consecutive terms. Federal law prohibits the use of checkoff funds for lobbying purposes.

The soy checkoff is always looking for new board members. We encourage anyone who is interested to call our office (731-668-2850) for more information. For a better perspective of who represents our board, please watch the short video below.  


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominees for the United Soybean Board to succeed 19 members and 5 alternate members with terms that expire in December 2023. The deadline for nominations is April 23, 2023.

Nominees are needed to succeed members in Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, Eastern Region, and Western Region, and to succeed alternate members in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Eastern Region, and Western Region. Individuals appointed to the board will serve three-year terms beginning in late 2023 and ending in 2026.

Soybean producers within the United States who own or share the ownership and risk of loss of soybean production are eligible for nomination. A soybean producer must be nominated by a qualified state soybean board and complete an application. The Secretary of Agriculture will select individuals from the nominations submitted.

A list of qualified state soybean boards, the nomination form and information about the United Soybean Board are available on the AMS United Soybean Board webpage and on the board’s website, For more information, contact Barbara Josselyn at 202-713-6918 or

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine eorts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

AMS policy is that diversity of the boards, councils and committees it oversees should reflect the diversity of their industries in terms of the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors, including but not limited to individuals from historically underserved communities, that will bring dierent perspectives and ideas to the table. Throughout the full nomination process, the industry must conduct extensive outreach, paying particular attention to reaching underserved communities, and consider the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


The Officers of the Board


Jason Cherry – Chairman


Ben Moore – Vice Chairman


Andy Teasley – Secretary


Will Hutchinson – Treasurer


Casey Youngerman – Past Chairman