The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association has 43 organized county organizations. Each of these counties has events throughout the year to help promote and educate farmers and non-farmers about soybeans. For an organization to be truly grassroots, it needs the help of many. Organized MSGA counties provide a true boots-on-the-ground approach. The efforts of these counties are truly remarkable. Around the Counties highlights some of the many things our county boards are involved in throughout the year.
Murray County – Over 60 golfers took to the Slayton Country Club for the annual Murray County Corn and Soybean Growers golf event on July 16. Pork kabobs, courtesy of the Murray County Pork Producers, were served prior to the event. A number of area businesses supported the event by sponsoring a hole throughout the course – offering up drinks, prizes and soy chips. Over 100 attended supper after golfing. The event is held each year as a way to highlight the work of the organization and to thank area businesses for their support throughout the year.
Martin County – Martin County had their annual golf event and annual meeting on Friday, July 24. The afternoon kicked off with a round of ‘best ball’ golf. At 6 p.m., they served a steak dinner sponsored by QBE NAU Crop Insurance. Following the meal they moved in to the Annual Meeting, which had record attendance. Congratulations to Wanda Patsche and Louis Maday for being elected onto the Martin County Corn and Soybean Board. Thank you to county board member, Jerry Fast for all of his work on this event.
Scott/Le Sueur and Blue Earth County – The Scott/Le Sueur and Blue Earth County Corn and Soybean Growers sponsored the Breakfast on the Farm in Mankato, Minn. The event was free to attendees where they could enjoy pancakes and eggs while learning about farm animals and equipment.
Watonwan County – The 2015 NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull pulled into the Watonwan County Fair on July 15 . The event brought in pullers competing in super farm, pro-stock and heavy limited tractors and pickups, plus super stock four wheel drive pickups all powered by biodiesel. The pull drew over 500 fans. The fair is already making plans to bring back the pull again in 2016. The NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull was sponsored in part by biodiesel, the Watonwan County Corn and Soybean growers and the soybean checkoff.
Parades, parades, parades – Many counties have been involved in summer parades. Thank you to county corn and soybean growers for participating and throwing soybean slap bracelets, pencils and candy.