Welcome to Minnesota Soybean
Welcome to Minnesota Soybean! We're very proud to tell you that Minnesota's soybean farmers not only feed the world, they also grow a crop that is used to make innovative "green" products that help protect the environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Minnesota's soybean farmers are also knowledgeable, respectful stewards of the land they live and raise their families on. They are business men and women who continually strive to adopt new technologies and practices that will protect and preserve Minnesota's treasured natural resources, while producing a safe and abundant food supply. Collectively known as Minnesota Soybean, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) are two very distinct and different organizations that work together toward a common goal - to increase the profitability of Minnesota's soybean farmers.
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Registration open for Farm Bill Webinars
Minnesota Soybean will host a three-part webinar series on the Farm Bill later this summer and early fall. The webinars will be held on August 14 and 26, and September 11 beginning at 7:30pm. The webinars will include presentations from Farm Management Analyst, Kent Thiesse, Kluis Publishing owner, Al Kluis and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Click here to register.
August 14 – Updating Crop Base Acres and FSA Program Yields
August 26 – Understanding the ARC and PLC Farm Program Decision
September 11 – Farm Program Decision Basics for Land Owners
Explore the Potential of Premium,
Food-grade soybeans are a valuable crop, and there are opportunities for Minnesota farmers to grow these premium, value-added beans. The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is hosting a pair of POD meetings to help farmers explore the potential to add to your bottom line by producing these specialty soybeans for expanding demand and export markets. These workshops are free to attend.
Workshop topics include: Markets, domestic and international; seed selection; production, including herbicides, insecticides and pesticides; crop insurance; contracts; certification; storage, management and transportation.
For times and dates or to register for a POD Meetings, click here.
MSR&PC Elections announced
The current slate of Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) officers has been re-elected to a second term by the board of directors. The elections occurred at the Council’s June 18 board meeting in Mankato.
Paul Simonsen, a soybean farmer from Renville County was re-elected to chair the checkoff board. Simonsen operates his family farm raising corn, soybeans, sweet corn and peas in southern Renville County near Fairfax.
“As chair for a year, there is a learning curve,” Simonsen says. “There is a benefit to soybean farmers in having some experience in leadership positions as our knowledge base improves. The Council feels confident in what the leadership has helped the organization accomplish and could see value in keeping the team in place. Plus, with some new leaders coming up, it gives them another year to learn about the industry and gain confidence to move forward.”
The other officers who were re-elected include: Vice Chairman, Keith Schrader of Nerstrand; Treasurer, Drew Parsley of Warroad; and Secretary Craig Bangasser of Garvin.
The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is an elected board of 15 soybean producers from across the state. The mission of the council is to invest soybean checkoff dollars in well-defined research, marketing, education and commercialization programs designed to increase demand and thereby improve the profitability of Minnesota's soybean farmers.
MSGA elections announced
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) board of directors has re-elected Redwood County farmer George Goblish of Vesta to lead the organization as its president. Goblish will serve his second one-year term as president.
Paul Freeman of Starbuck was elected vice president, Cole Trebesch of Springfield was tabbed to be the new treasurer, and Theresia Gillie of Hallock was elected secretary.
“I’m honored to be chosen to serve another term and appreciate the continuity that I believe it will build for the organization,” Goblish says. “We were successful in defending B10 legislation this past year as well as working on other issues for farmers including water quality issues, GMO labeling and tax issues to name a few. Going forward we’ll continue to be vigilant for issues that impact Minnesota soybean farmers.
“I’m also pleased that we have a diverse board representing Minnesota farmers from the entire state so that the perspectives of producers from all regions can be taken into account.”
The MSGA works on behalf of it’s more than 4,000 members to ensure that Minnesota farmers have a voice on issues affecting their ability to operate. The officers were elected at the MSGA meeting in Mankato on June 19.
MSRPC Directors Elected
Five Minnesota farmers have been elected to the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. The farmers will oversee the investment of soybean checkoff dollars into research, marketing and other projects designed to improve soybean profitability. For more information on the new directors, click here.
Biodiesel Open 2014
Come join the fun at the 2014 Minnesota Soybean Growers Association’s annual Biodiesel Open golf event by participating as an event sponsor or as a golf team. For sponsor information or to register to golf, click here.
Biodiesel in Minnesota
Minnesota soybean farmers benefit greatly from the addition biodiesel blended into Minnesota's diesel fuel. While Minnesota farmers enjoy the benefits of people using their products, Minnesotans in general also benefit from the use of biodiesel. Recognized as America's only advanced biofuel by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), biodiesel helps to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more, check out biodiesel.mn.
Why be an MSGA member?
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is the nation’s largest soybean membership organization. As such, we work to give a collective, unified voice to state’s soybean farmers. But don’t take our word for it. See why your fellow farmers are members.