Checkoff Timeline

1976 – Michigan checkoff began

1981 – Michigan checkoff re-approved through a grower referendum

1986 – Michigan checkoff re-approved through a grower referendum

1991 – With increased acreage in Michigan, the checkoff program continues to be more important to growers. The national program began as an effort to be fair nationwide. Since all growers benefit, all growers across the nation invest and benefit equally.

1994 – Producer referendum on national checkoff. In Michigan, 2 out of 3 voters were in favor of the program

1995 – Producer Refund Poll – Fewer than 3.5% of Michigan producers polled indicated a desire to hold a referendum on refunds. Refunds ended on October 1, 1995, based on the results of the nationwide referendum.

1997 – Supreme Court rules to back generic commodity promotion programs, upholding the constitutionality of checkoff programs.

1999 – Request for Referendum – Fewer than 4% of Michigan producers requested a referendum on the national soybean checkoff. Based on nationwide results, the checkoff continues for an additional five years until the next Request for Referendum period.

2004, 2009 and 2014 – Requests for Referendum – Fewer than one half of 1% of Michigan producers requested a referendum on the national soybean checkoff. Based on nationwide results, the checkoff continues for five more years until the next Request for Referendum period in 2019.