MN AG EXPO checks all the boxes

More than 100 exhibitors, 1,500 attendees and a packed lineup of panelists and guests speakers participated in the 2018 MN AG EXPO, Minnesota’s premier indoor agricultural exhibit that concluded Thursday in Mankato, Minn.

“Every year MN AG EXPO is a chance for Minnesota’s agricultural community to come together, exchange thoughts and engage in policy discussion,” said Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) President Michael Petefish. “This year was no exception; it was a resounding success. As MSGA president, I enjoyed talking with members and non-members about what an investment in our organization can do for farmers.”  Read more

DieselSellerz tout partnership with MSR&PC at MN AG EXPO

MANKATO—The DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” show, appeared at MN AG EXPO Wednesday to meet fans and preview the truck the foursome is building for the Minnesota Research & Promotion Council.

“People will go crazy over this truck,” said Dave Sparks, aka Heavy D. “Normally we work with ad agencies and now we’re working with farmers. For me, that’s my favorite part. At the end of the day, the main people driving this project are farmers, and we love that part of it.”

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MN’s Youngerberg a 2018 National Biodiesel Board Impact Award Recipient

Longtime MN Soybean employee receives national award at biodiesel conference 

Mike Youngerberg, who has spent more than 30 years working on behalf of Minnesota soybean farmers, most of it on biodiesel, was recognized by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) for his years of leadership in advancing the Minnesota biodiesel market.

Youngerberg, who serves as the director of product development and commercialization, was honored with the “Eye on Biodiesel” Impact Award at the National Biodiesel Conference Jan. 23 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas.

“I am honored and humbled by this award,” Youngerberg said. “I don’t believe you can measure the success of biodiesel in Minnesota by one individual. The tireless efforts of our team of farmer leaders, lobbyists and staff have helped to ensure the adoption and growth of biodiesel in Minnesota. I am thankful I’ve been along for the journey.” Read more


DieselSellerz meet-and-greet winners announced

The latest round of the weekly DieselSellerz sweepstakes and meet-and-greet winners have been announced and notified. The weekly winners received DieselSellerz merchandise, while the meet-and-greet winners will have dinner with the DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery’s Diesel Brothers, on Wed. Jan. 24 during MN Ag Expo. 

The winners are as follow:

Latest round of weekly winners of our DieselSellerz sweepstakes.
Samuel Willhite
Kristina Kelm
Theresa Kent
Casey Thorson
Dylan Lieske
Jessica Hanson
Brandon Mattison
Rylee Shanks
Karel Keve
Matthew Millner
Brady Steffer
Wayne Olson
Cathie Adamietz

Winners of the meet-and-greet.
Tavin Sonneberg
Michael DeGrote
Quinton Stoll
Mason Longfellow
Mike Kadelbach
Dennis Ingle
Dale Tiede
Theresa Kent
Carlton Gustafson
Kevin Bock
Danielle Miller
Robert Boeck
Scott Erpelding
Ross Gnotke
Heath Peter
John Kostad
Griffin Willhite
Spencer Flood
Kevin Hoffman
Kelsey McNab
Joseph Kuhn
Joshua DeGreeff
Sheldon Guza
Taylor Veldkamp
Coya Pilaczynski
JJ Schauer
Don Paplow
Tiffany Hulinsky
Jeff Eversman
Dale Neubarth
Chris Bryce
David Killion
Shawnn Balstad
Margie Salentiny
Marie Mars
Jake Borman
Hunter Rose
Jeffrey Larson
Clint Kathrein
Preston Dagen
Bruce Kaschmitter
Cody Weis
Adam Eversman
Wade Fremling
Cody Kelley
Jared VanDyke
Samuel Germolus
Barb Eiken
Joe Versaevel
Brian D Schmidt
Jessica Cook
Scott Runge

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for supporting biodiesel. 

Be Ready for B20 workshop series continues across the state

Many would say the 2014 implementation of 10 percent biodiesel blends in diesel fuel in Minnesota was a success. The Diesel Hotline didn’t receive any major calls about biodiesel, and testing by officials with the hotline showed no problems with biodiesel.

Mike Youngerberg, senior director of product development & commercialization with Minnesota Soybean, says that a big part of that success can be contributed to the workshops leading up to the fuel’s implementation, as well as the requirements the fuel must meet.

“I think it’s really a tribute to the industry coming together and ensuring a standard was created so that biodiesel meets high quality ASTM specifications,” Youngerberg says. Read more

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MN soybeans already meet China foreign material requirements

Minnesota soybean farmers well positioned to meet global demand

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) has glad tidings for its Chinese customers: Minnesota farmers are already producing soybeans that meet the new China foreign material (FM) requirement, stating shipments must be one percent or less.

MSR&PC’s response comes on the heels of China announcing it will change its rules requiring less than 1 percent FM in shipments from the U.S. The new less than 1 percent FM requirement for all China-destined soybean shipments was jointly agreed to by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in late December. Read more

MSGA hosts roundtable with newly appointed Minnesota Senator

Sen. Tina Smith discusses agriculture, upcoming farm bill at Minnesota Soybean office

Newly appointed Sen. Tina Smith made her way to the Minnesota Soybean office Saturday afternoon to meet with farmers, agriculture leaders and staff.

“This is a really great opportunity for me to be able to talk with you all so early on in my new adventure as United States Senator,” Smith says. Read more

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Tools of the Trade: dicamba confusion

One question I was asked recently had to do with Restricted Use Products (RUP) and dicamba. In Minnesota, Fexapan, Engenia and XtendiMax are currently the only restricted use dicamba products in the state. The RUP designation requires the applicators to be certified; i.e. possess either a private applicators certification or a commercial/noncommercial pesticide applicators license. After the individual has become a certified applicator, they should attend the mandatory dicamba training. Currently, the dicamba trainings will be requesting your license or certification number to ensure the training is properly credited to the correct individual. Read more

Top 10 reasons you should attend MN Ag Expo

This year’s MN Ag Expo at the Verizon Center in Mankato, Minn., is quickly approaching. Here are just a few reasons why you should attend the Jan. 24-25 event. 

  1. A sold-out trade show.
  2. Meet the candidates vying for the spot as Minnesota’s next governor. 
  3. Rub elbows with the DieselSellerz on Wed., Jan. 24.
  4. Free lunch … and dinner … and lunch! 
  5. Learn about solar energy for your farm.
  6. See Hercules – the largest truck build from the DieselSellerz, stars of the Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers,” along with learning more about Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council’s partnership and Minnesota’s move to B20 at the biodiesel education session.
  7. Visit with new exhibitors, including Beck’s Hybrids, SB&B Foods, Farmers Business Network, Blue Horizon Energy, Litzau Farm Drainage and Houston Engineering … just to name a few!
  8. Expand your network of farmers, agribusiness professionals and agricultural services.
  9. Who wouldn’t want to stop and sample local beer at the Visit Mankato booth?
  10. Did we mention free food, the DieselSellerz, and a sold-out trade show.

To view the full agenda and schedule, as well as pre-register for the event, click here

Get to Know Your Checkoff Leader: Bill Zurn

Bill Zurn may have started his nine-year run on the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) by winning a coin toss, but the ability to help shape the industry and build relationships across the world gave him a reason to stay. As a representative for Districts 1, 2 and 3, he exhibits a true passion for agriculture, and possesses a vision for its growth. Zurn runs a diverse operation of soybeans, wheat and sugar beets with his family, and has seen soybean acreage take off across Minnesota. He views the Council as a forward-thinking group, always looking to adapt.

“We have 15 farmers who make great decisions on the direction of Minnesota Soybean, and continue to look forward to our next challenge,” says Zurn, who farms in Becker County, Minn. “We have a diverse group of farmers from all over the state who bring various insights to solve a problem.” Read more