States address common issues at Commodity Classic caucus session

With a new administration in the White House and plenty of work to do, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) directors rolled up their sleeves and got to work Thursday in San Antonio, joining directors from North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin in discussing issues that affect the region.

The meeting was a prelude to the American Soybean Association (ASA) voting delegates session where resolutions will be finalized for the year ahead.

At Thursday’s meeting, farmers from the four states discussed issues pertinent to farmers’ operations, such as burdensome environmental regulations, worries over trade, crop insurance issues and everyone’s favorite topic, the next farm bill.

“The caucus session with North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin went really well,” said MSGA President Theresia Gillie. “This session generally goes well because our states share common issues. While some of the topics vary by region, we all seem to be on the same page, which makes everything run smoothly.”

MSGA and ASA directors still have a lot of work to do. After a day of educational events Friday, the directors will get back to work with a meeting Saturday to review the resolutions before attending the ASA delegate session.

“I think the state caucuses really help to flush out the more controversial or nonsensical resolutions,” Gillie said. “I expect come Saturday, things will continue to run pretty smoothly. Minnesota is fortunate because we have a lot of knowledgeable MSGA and ASA directors who really understand what Minnesota soybean farmers need to continue to be successful.”

Also Thursday, Commodity Classic opened its trade show doors to thousands of the country’s top soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers, who will have a chance to network with agribusinesses and learn about new trends and technology. Commodity Classic runs through Saturday.