Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) Director Richard Wurtzberger has had a good run serving Minnesota soybean farmers.
Wurtzberger, of Sleepy Eye, Minn., began as a Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) member in 1996 when he wanted to address concerns facing the industry.
“I decided to get involved in the organization to try to make what difference I could and show the general public the environmental benefits of farmers,” Wurtzberger said.
He became an MSGA board member representing Brown County in 2001 and continued until 2009 when he ran for MSR&PC and was elected the District 8 representative.
Wurtzberger said his greatest accomplishment during his time with MSR&PC was working with the Council to support Dr. Satish Guptah’s research, which showed that stream bank sloughing is a major contributor to stream sediment in agricultural areas.
Other highlights from his time on the Council include learning how the organization operates, participating in the China See For Yourself and a trade mission to the Philippians, seeing checkoff dollars used wisely, and the comradery with others throughout the state of Minnesota and the United States.
As he prepares to retire from his involvement in the organization, he has confidence in what the future may bring.
“My hope is that a young farmer will step up with new ideas to take over my position,” Wurtzberger said.