Soybean Business: A new vision

This story was first featured in the September-October 2017 issue of Soybean Business. Click here to view the digital version.

MSGA’s newest president hopes to strengthen organization through efficiency 

Michael Petefish didn’t always want to be a farmer when he grew up.

“I have a pretty non-typical path to ag,” the newly minted MSGA president said during the final day of Farmfest, where he conducted a round of media interviews and shared the stage with Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson to announce Gov. Mark Dayton’s support for the B20 mandate. “I didn’t grow up on a farm, but it’s definitely in my blood.”

Petefish’s family roots in farming date back as far he can trace his genealogy. His grandfather, Harold, farmed in Iowa until he moved to Dodge County, Minn., in 1950. Michael’s parents divorced when he was young; he lived in Afton, Minn., and graduated from Stillwater High School. During the summers, however, he helped out his dad, Richard, on the 4,500-acre family farm in Claremont, Minn. Read more


MSGA holds first drift task force meeting

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) convened its first drift task force meeting Monday at the organization’s headquarters.

Minnesota’s first-ever farmer led task force assembled to examine the data and science behind suspected dicamba damage reports in Minnesota and find a solution to develop best management practices concerning the use of dicamba in dicamba-tolerant soybeans in the state. The drift task force aims to work with industry and researchers to help glean answers and options for maximizing the potential of this technology. Read more

Southeast Asia conference covers an array of topics

Three Minnesota soybean farmer leaders attended the annual United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Southeast Asia Agricultural Leadership Summit in Auckland, New Zealand, last week. 

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) Director Keith Schrader and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Director Trevore Brekken attended the conference, along with MSGA Director and American Soybean Association Treasurer Bill Gordon.  Read more

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Where’s the beef? Soybean leaders visit Japan

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) Chair Patrick O’Leary declared his first trip to Japan an unequivocal success. Even during pockets of leisure time, O’Leary opted to engage in ag-related tourism.

“I went to places like a food market during free time. It was all very intriguing to me,” O’Leary says of the trip, which is sponsored each year by the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF). “I think the utilization of U.S. pork and beef in their diets is very promising for soybean farmers here at home.”  Read more

An oil change abroad

Representatives from the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC), United Soybean Board (USB) and United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC) were on-hand last week for the International High Oleic Soybean Conference in Bucharest, Romania. 

“It was a very informative experience,” said MSR&PC Director Jim Willers, who attended the conference. “The European food industries are following the lead of the United States by resisting the use of trans fat. High oleic has zero grams of trans fat and has 20 percent less saturated fat than commodity soybean oil, so we definitely see an opening for potential for high oleic in the European market.” Read more

MnDOT asks motorists, farm equipment operators to safely share the road

Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways this fall need to be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

“Harvest season is getting in full swing across the state and farmers and their equipment are out on the highways,” said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer. “Motorists need to be prepared to encounter slow-moving farm vehicles, especially on rural, two-lane roads.” Read more

Ag Peer Group: investing in people

The Ag Peer Group is centered in Northwest Minnesota. It is a small group composed of young individuals with diverse backgrounds: farmers, research and graduate students, crop consultants, extension educators, cooperative/association employees and agriculture business employees. 

The Ag Peer Group is funded and supported by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC), Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, Northwest Minnesota Farm Bureau, and Your Source of Growth Fund.

“We are happy to support the growth of the Ag Peer Group,” says David Kee, Minnesota Soybean’s director of research. “Developing the next farming leaders is critical to the future of agriculture, and this program is a great resource for young people looking to make ag their profession.”

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Purdue study shows biodiesel benefits undervalued for years

A new academic paper published in Biotechnology for Biofuels shows biodiesel’s benefits are even better than previous models suggest. Updated modeling from Purdue University suggests the advantage of using biodiesel has been underestimated by 10 percent.

“This latest research verifies biodiesel is an ideal option to support American-made energy and renewable fuels,” said Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board director of sustainability. “The more accurate the models become, the more clearly they show biodiesel’s benefits.” Read more


DieselSellerz’s Mega RamRunner truck headed to Big Iron

The DieselSellerz from Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” are teaming up with Minnesota soybean farmers to support higher blends of biodiesel. As part of that effort, the DieselSellerz’s iconic truck build, the Mega RamRunner, will be on display at this year’s Big Iron Farm Show. 


Stop by booth 1065 to see the truck, support higher blends of biodiesel and enter to win* a private meet-and-greet with the DieselSellerz or enter online at Read more

2018 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo

2018 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo


See for yourself how biodiesel makes 'cents' for farmers. 

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the biodiesel industry, this may be your chance. The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) will be selecting 20 applicants to get a look inside the industry by attending the National Biodiesel Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. This is an opportunity to see for yourself how the soybean checkoff is being invested in biodiesel.

See For Yourself (SFY) is a nationally recognized program that allows farmers, diesel technicians and fuel distributors the chance to see for themselves how soybean checkoff dollars are being invested, while evaluating the process. The purpose of the program is for participants to learn more about biodiesel, evaluate checkoff investments and share their experiences back home.

All travel expenses related to the biodiesel see for yourself program will be paid. Travel arrangements will also be made by MSR&PC.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.