MDA seeking candidates for commodity council elections

As winter rolls in and outdoor work gives way to paper work and year-end books, how about taking a few minutes to become a candidate for election to the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC)?

It’s that time of year again, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking candidates for commodity council elections.

“Serving on the Council is rewarding and an important step in directing where soybean checkoff investments go,” says MSR&PC Vice Chair and election chair Joe Serbus. “A larger pool of candidates gives farmers the chance to vote for someone who will give them a voice on checkoff investments. The more the merrier.”

There are five Council seats up for election in 2020. Interested participants must fill out a candidate certification form and a candidate biography form.

“If you’re unsure about being a candidate or serving on the Council, we encourage farmers to reach out to their representative,” Serbus says. “Volunteering your time to any organization takes commitment, and not everyone is meant to be a leader. However, it is an honor and a privilege to represent Minnesota soybean farmers and to ensure the soybean checkoff is invested properly.”

Benefits of becoming a MSR&PC director include:

  • The chance to make an impact and assist in the future of Minnesota soybean farmers.
  • Input into the investment of Minnesota soybean checkoff dollars.
  • An opportunity to be recognized as a leader in the field of soybean agriculture.
  • Ability to attend one national USB Board Meeting per year.
  • Opportunity to develop and enrich your strategic business management skills.

Interested candidates can download the necessary forms at mnsoybean.org/msrpc (scroll down to the bottom of the page). All biographical and candidate certification forms are due to the Minnesota Soybean office by Jan. 27, 2020.

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