The United Soybean Board

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Production Research

VSB allocates nearly 50 percent of its operating budget each year to production research. Learn about these dollars in action through the Virginia Soybean Update.

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The Proposal Process

The Virginia Soybean Board (VSB) supports efforts that address increased profitability for Virginia soybean farmers. These efforts include market promotion, production research and education to farmers and the general public.

Proposals for funding will be accepted from land-grant university extension and/or research programs or staff, federal or state government programs or staff, and private sector organizations that develop programs that:

  • Address improved market efficiency and promotion resulting in increased profitability for Virginia soybean farmers.
  • Research to improve soybean production.
  • Education improving production efficiencies or the public’s generalized awareness of the Virginia soybean industry.

Proposal Format
Proposals submitted to the VSB should be prepared in the format found here.
Fifteen (15) copies of the original project proposal should be submitted to:

Phil Hickman, Program Director
Virginia Soybean Board
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street, Room 319
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 371-6157

Length of Proposals: Proposals should be limited to no more than six (6) typewritten pages, double-spaced.  The project proposal should include a one-page summary.

Signature: The applicant is required to sign and date the original project proposal request.

Presentation:  Projects to be considered by the board for funding will be presented by the applicant or designated representative. Ten (10) minutes will be allotted per proposal to outline and justify the request.  Following the presentation, five (5) minutes will be set aside to clarify questions from the board.

Selection Criteria: All proposals will be funded on a competitive basis. All proposals will be judged against the following criteria and be compliant with Code of Virginia.

  • Identification and demonstrated understanding of the industry needs in the areas of market development, education, publicity, research or the promotion of the sale and use of soybeans.
  • Responsiveness to the purposes and needs of the industry.
  • Reasonableness and feasibility of proposed approach.
  • Adequacy of work plan and time frame.
  • Adequacy and specificity of definition of work product.
  • Educational/technical experience of proposed project staff.
  • Reasonableness of costs relative to work to be performed.
  • Cost effectiveness of project relative to product to be delivered.