Pre-Resolution Meeting Allows All Voices to be Heard

Soybean farmers unite to discuss and dissect resolution document for upcoming 2016 legislative session.

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) held their pre-resolution meeting Dec. 2 in Mankato, Minn., where delegates dissected the current resolution document and prepared a new one for the MSGA’s delegate session at the 2016 MN Ag Expo.

Larry Konsterlie of Kandiyohi County speaks on behalf of his county at the pre-resolution meeting in Mankato

Larry Konsterlie of Kandiyohi County speaks on behalf of his county at the pre-resolution meeting in Mankato

With two delegates from each organized soybean county, productive resolutions were discussed, while covering a variety of legislative topics including buffers, water quality, conservation programs, transportation and property tax. County delegates also had the opportunity to bring new resolutions forward or amend existing verbiage.

MSGA Vice President and chair of the Advocacy Action Team, Theresia Gillie, referenced the importance of the pre-resolution meeting.

“The resolution document is a working document to ensure that we are not over-regulated and that other organizations do not limit our freedom to farm,” Gillie said. “Being a grassroots organization, it is truly a statewide effort.”

Minnesota Soybean lobbyists were also present to ensure the proposed resolutions would not inhibit efforts at the Capitol while instructing them as to where MSGA stands on specific issues.

“These resolutions meetings help drive discussion and give us direction so we understand what the priorities are and what we need to accomplish in the next legislative session,” said Cory Bennett, a lobbyist for MN Soybean. “This is policy development at the grassroots level.”

The final resolutions document will be reviewed and voted on by MSGA delegates during the annual meeting and delegate session on Jan. 27 during MN Ag Expo at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

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