Freeman: New ASA Strategy Benefits Minn. Soybean Farmers

The American Soybean Association (ASA) approved a comprehensive strategic plan Wednesday at its winter meeting in St. Louis. The new strategic plan shifts ASA’s focus to ensure more resources are dedicated to working for farm friendly legislation for U.S. soybean farmers.

Paul Freeman

Paul Freeman, MSGA President

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) directors who serve on the ASA board played a large role in making sure ASA focused its priorities on building upon an already successful body of work in Washington, D.C. A special thank you goes out to Bill Gordon, MSGA/ASA director from Worthington, Minn., and Minnesota Soybean CEO Tom Slunecka for their role with the committee tasked with developing this plan.

Gordon and other Minnesota ASA directors worked to ensure that Minnesota has a voice in important legislative issues, such as the Farm Bill and Waters of the United States (WOTUS), on the national stage. ASA’s new structure will look to be more efficient and effective, which will only enhance its ability to fight for U.S. soybean farmers.

Everyone is aware the issues facing agriculture are getting larger and more complicated. MSGA welcomes this new strategy and looks forward to this proactive approach.

Minnesota is the largest soybean membership state in the nation, we have top-notch directors at the state and national levels, and we continue to improve an already impressive advocacy network. Our success starts with your support by being an MSGA member, so THANK YOU to all members!

And if you’re not a member, contact me to learn why you should be one.

Paul Freeman is President of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and farms near Starbuck, Minn. He can be reached at