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When the clock struck midnight on May 20 in St. Paul, signaling a chaotic conclusion to the contentious 2024 legislative session, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association was mostly successfully in defending against harmful, anti-farming legislation, while also securing important policy…


Farmers talk about the weather – a lot. Soon, Minnesota farmers will have even more reasons to talk about Mother Nature’s latest happenings. In 2023, the Clean Water Fund granted $3 million to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to…


Membership in the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) means supporting an advocacy team with direct connections to legislative leaders.   Case in point: On April 16, MSGA Executive Director Joe Smentek met with Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul, who chairs…


The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) continues to keep a close eye on the latest legislative developments in St. Paul as the 2024 legislative session enters its final weeks. By being proactive and supporting a lobbying team that stays abreast…


Bob Worth, the president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA), isn’t one who gets nervous often during meetings with legislators and regulators. Twenty years of farmer advocacy at the state and national levels has had a calming effect. But…


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No one said supporting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) must be all work and no play. Sometimes, supporting MSGA’s advocacy efforts is as simple as teeing up a golf ball and smashing it down the fairway. OK, well that…


Farmer leaders from the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) met in the Governor’s Reception Room on March 8 to discuss MSGA’s policy priorities with Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Deputy Commissioner Andrea Vaubel. Including biofuels in…


The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) finalized its policy resolutions and hosted the state’s farming community during a full agenda of networking and advocacy at the annual MN Ag Expo in Mankato. MSGA co-hosts MN Ag Expo with the Minnesota…