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Minnesota beans in a class by themselves

“Beans have a soul.” Try wrapping your head around that phrase, which is attributed to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who lived more than 2,000 years ago. Some theorize that he was a vegetarian, but no hard evidence exists that is the case. As one would expect in dealing with ancient history, many theories abound.

In comparison, the phrase stands far above the somewhat tired “bean” idioms we’ve heard for years:

  • Bean counter
  • Amount to a hill of beans
  • Don’t know beans

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The Dynamic Duo

Not all dynamic duos need an office.

Sure, Batman and Robin had the Bat Cave, but when your office is the Minnesota Capitol and the nearby Senate Building, it’s better to have a good pair of shoes than a cape.

Cory Bennett and Andrew “A.J.” Duerr are the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association’s (MSGA) equivalent of a dynamic duo. Both took different routes to the Capitol, but now work side-by-side as the official lobbyists for Minnesota soybean farmers.

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MSGA: Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s dicamba restrictions needed

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Drift Task Force commends the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) for its new dicamba labels for the 2018 growing season. 

“We thank MDA for its diligence on this matter,” said MSGA President Michael Petefish. “MSGA is proud to be able to represent Minnesota soybean farmers on such an important issue. With resistant weeds on the rise, farmers need tools such as dicamba to have options to manage their crops.” Read more

Krusemark elected to USB Executive Committee

Rochelle Krusemark

Trimont, Minn., farmer and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) Director for District 8 Rochelle Krusemark was voted onto the United Soybean Board’s (USB) Executive Committee.

Krusemark, a USB director for Minnesota, was elected to the position at USB’s winter meetings Wednesday and Thursday in St. Louis. Read more

Sukalski ends nine-year run as ASA director; Gordon re-elected as ASA treasurer

Lawrence Sukalski’s nine-year run as an American Soybean Association (ASA) director expired this week, with an opportunity to address his peers at the ASA board of directors meeting in St. Louis. 

In a recent interview, the Martin County farmer said he can cite many fond memories and friendships that resulted from his involvement with ASA. Read more


Farmers encouraged to complete 2017 Census of Agriculture

You don’t have to be a farmer to dread taking surveys. But taking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2017 Census of Agriculture is important to agriculture.

Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and many others to help make decisions in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development and more. Read more