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This story was first featured in the September – October 2018 issue of Soybean Business. Click here to read the online version of the magazine. Both Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and Minnesota Republican Sen. Karin Housley advanced through their…


The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) announced today the promotion of Joe Smentek to executive director. Smentek previously served as the director of public affairs for MSGA. “Joe has been a tremendous asset for MSGA,” President Michael Petefish says. “Elevating…


This story was first featured in the September – October 2018 issue of Soybean Business. Click here to read the online version of the magazine. Will a red wall hold back the blue wave? Once known as flyover country, political…


In early October, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) signed on to an Amicus Curiae brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case for the petition for review of an order of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding…


The Office of Administrative Hearings issued its report on the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule, formerly known as the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, concluding that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) may move forward with the proposed rule with a few required…


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Rural Finance Authority reminds beginning farmers to apply by Nov. 1, 2018 for the tax credit for the sale or lease of land, equipment, machinery, and livestock. To qualify, the applicant must be a Minnesota…


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to  trade retaliation by foreign nations. The sign-up period for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) opened on Sept. 4…


Nearly two decades after the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association held its first meeting in a restaurant in Sleepy Eye, Minn., then-MSGA President Chris Tiegum hatched a plan. At the time, the American Soybean Association restructured its organization to accommodate state…