The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) announced today the promotion of Joe Smentek to executive director. Smentek previously served as the director of public affairs for MSGA.
“Joe has been a tremendous asset for MSGA,” President Michael Petefish says. “Elevating him will allow the organization to continue to strengthen its lobbying efforts while connecting with new and current industry partners for the betterment of soybean farming in the state.”
Smentek holds a law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul. He earned his LLM in environmental law from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, N.Y.
“Joe’s knowledge of Minnesota politics and the people involved has always been pivotal to MSGA,” says Ag Management Solutions (AMS) CEO Tom Slunecka. “This new role will help him leverage those relationships.”
Smentek says he is excited to continue to his work on behalf of Minnesota’s soybean farmers.
“MSGA has been leading the charge in St. Paul, and we’re going to continue to do just that,” Smentek says. “It’s an honor to be tabbed to carry out the direction of our farmer leaders for a better Minnesota.”
Smentek resides in Mankato with his wife, Katie, and their three children.
About Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
MSGA is a non-profit, farmer-controlled membership organization established in 1962. Its goal is to ensure profitable soybean farming by influencing favorable ag legislation, monitoring government policies and supporting research and market development activities.
About Ag Management Solutions
AMS is an agriculture management company serving associations in a fast-evolving industry. The goal of AMS is to streamline ag associations to more effectively and efficiently advocate for members, communicate with industry partners and influencers, and strengthen agriculture’s voice.