Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) Director and farmer from Callaway, Minn., Bill Zurn, has been devoted to serving Minnesota soybean farmers.
As Zurn’s term on the Council is coming to an end, he reflects on his long-time role at the state level. Before joining the Council, Zurn was previously involved with the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) and served in various roles for over 15 years. In 2009, he had served in the prominent position of MSGA president.
After serving in the Air National Guard for 27 years, Zurn knew he wanted to be more involved in agriculture and at the state level.
“I have always enjoyed how much there was to learn and know about agriculture,” Zurn said. “I have seen many changes in my time, including the introduction and refinement of production practices.”
Zurn has also been involved with the National Biodiesel Board. He took the opportunity to participate in See For Yourself missions to San Diego and Fort Worth to further his passion and promote biodiesel. Through these experiences, he was able to grow and enlighten others about the benefits and usefulness of biodiesel.
Looking back at his time on the Council, some of his favorite experiences include facing industry challenges by having an input, creating solutions and bringing a new perspective to the soybean industry.
Although he enjoys working towards the betterment of the soybean industry, it is the people he will miss the most.
“Meeting people and making connections was always a great experience,” Zurn said. “I hope to continue to be involved and make a difference in the soybean industry.”