Leadership Martin County

County Leadership Program Highlights Agriculture

Martin County leaders have a better understanding of the challenges agriculture faces thanks to the Leadership Martin County Program’s Ag Day Wednesday, March 4, in Fairmont.

Joe Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Director of Environmental Affairs and an environmental law attorney, joined Wanda Patsche (Martin County Hog Farmer), Dale Busch (Minnesota Corn field rep) and Greg Johanson (Martin County Corn and Soybean Growers County President) as they answered questions for those in attendance.

The program is made up of a diverse group of individuals from all over Martin County, a few of whom have ag backgrounds. Ag Day focused on challenges agriculture faces and highlighted speakers from across the industry.

“It helps people in Martin County understand agriculture and its importance to the area and how some of the agricultural challenges we face might be challenges they face in their industry or in their county,” Smentek said.

Much of the conversation centered around Genetically Modified Organisms and the impact GMOs have had on our food.  Smentek showed examples of some crops that have genetically modified over the course of time. He pointed to kale as one example of evolution that bred cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and broccoli. Smentek also spoke to the group about pollinators and the concerns over the deaths of bees. Smentek told the group that many people point fingers at the farmers. Smentek pointed out that everyone plays a role in the health of the environment, not just farmers.

To learn more about Leadership Martin County Program, click here.