Rep. Clark Johnson

MSGA Tackles Legislative Priorities, Budgets at Meeting

Growers issued clean opinion by independent auditor

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) met Wednesday in Mankato, Minn., to review the final fiscal year 2015 audit, to prepare for the Dec. 2 pre-resolution meeting, MN Ag Expo 2016 and to discuss strategies for the upcoming legislative year.

Rep. Clark Johnson (DFL-19A) recapped the 2015 legislative session for MSGA directors and discussed what he felt were some of the important topics heading into 2016.

Johnson highlighted the ag research bill passed in 2015 and the importance of continuing to fund research for agriculture.

“That’s a good example of compromise,” he told directors. “We got the funding to support family farming.”

Johnson said water quality, property taxes and transportation infrastructure, namely bridge maintenance, are among the topics of importance for farmers to follow in the 2016 legislative session.

MSGA also received a report from Mark Murch of Scanlon, Murch & Associates, LLC, about the FY15 MSGA budget. The firm issued a clean opinion of MSGA.

MSGA directors meet four times a year to discuss legislative priorities, opportunities to work with industry partners and membership needs.