Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) Director Drew Parsley was recently elected as a representative onto the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) board.
NCI is a combined effort among Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana to promote, develop and market crops grown in the region.
The Institute is important for the soybean industry because it brings together processing and production professionals with international consumer groups. NCI works to facilitate better production and serves producers and consumers to educate and create a better product.
“NCI is important for soy, because the entire reason we raise soybeans is the end user who wants the product,” Parsley said.
Soybeans are a more recent focus at the NCI, which began with a focus on wheat. Parsley has observed the evolution of NCI to include more soy courses with great interest.
Keith Schrader, Chairman of the MSR&PC, is confident that Parsley will continue to do great things for the soybean industry.
“The Council is more than happy to have Drew Parsley as the new Northern Crop Institute representative,” Schrader said. “He farms in the region and brings a lot to the table as a soybean farmers.”
Parsley will serve on the NCI board as a representative for MSR&PC and will assist in setting policy and working with the staff to plan.
“I plan to carry on the tradition of excellence the Northern Crops Institute has already started and advance with new leadership in the organization,” Parsley said. “I look forward to networking with likeminded professionals with similar goals and issues and see what can be accomplished for the soybean industry through the institute.”