With 42 years of farming under his belt, Rob Hanks, District 9 representative for the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC), knows a thing or two about agriculture. Hanks and his brother run a diverse farming operation of cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and hay in southeast Minnesota. In addition to serving as MSR&PC’s District 9 representative, Hanks participates in the production and new uses committees.
Hanks has a wealth of experience with the Minnesota soybean checkoff – he has been on the MSR&PC board for nearly 20 years and was elected chairman in 2007. In addition to his state checkoff experience, Hanks has served nine years on the United Soybean Board (USB). Hanks strongly believes the state and national checkoff helps farmers overcome challenges soybean farmers face in their fields, and helps add value to their crop.