Grain elevators in South Dakota have an electronic option for submitting payments to the state’s grain checkoff funds. Below are some frequently asked questions about the online grain checkoff remittance option.
Q: What is the online Unified Checkoff Remittance option? A: It is an online calculator allowing grain elevators in South Dakota the option to submit checkoff payments electronically, rather than using the current paper forms to submit checkoff funds.
Q: Why was the Unified Checkoff Remittance online option created? A: Recognizing the inefficiency in manually reporting, collecting and distributing the over $17 million in annual grain checkoff fees, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) worked with each of the states checkoff boards, commissions and councils to develop and implement a more efficient process. The online calculator has the support of every one of those boards, commissions and councils.
Q: Who created the Unified Checkoff Remittance website? A: The SDDA collaborated with the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications and South Dakota's grain checkoff boards, commissions and councils to develop the online reporting tool.
Q: Is there a fee to use the online Unified Checkoff Remittance option? A: No, there are currently no fees associated with the use of the paper forms or the automated calculator for submission of grain checkoff information.
Q: Is use of the online Unified Checkoff Remittance calculator mandatory? A: No. Use of the calculator is voluntary. The paper forms currently being used may continue to be used if that is the preferred method.
Q: Who can I call for information or assistance with using the Unified Checkoff Remittance online option? A: Please call the SDDA at 605.773.5425 or email the SDDA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may access the online calculator by clicking here.
To look at or print the paper form used to submit grain checkoff information, click here.