NOPA Panel

Soybean Industry Leaders Discuss Market Opportunities at NOPA Annual Event

Oilseed industry leaders discussed the global economy, regulatory challenges and engaging consumers, among other key issues, last week during the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) 2015 Annual meeting in California.

“This meeting was valuable for leaders of both the National Oilseed Processors and farmer leaders of both advocacy and promotion to come together to better understand what they can do to improve the profitability of both the soybean crushing industry, as well as the profitability for the American farmer,” said Keith Schrader, Minnesota Research & Promotion Council Vice Chairman. Read more

South Central College Ag Symposium

South Central College to Host 7th Annual Ag Symposium

South Central College will hold its 7th annual Ag Symposium Thursday, Feb. 12, at the SCC Campus in North Mankato. This year’s symposium, “New Tools for New Rules: An Agricultural Symposium” is presented by CHS and CHS Foundation.

Billed as a regional professional development opportunity for all agricultural producers, New Tools brings world-class speakers for a day of cutting-edge presentations and discussion.

The symposium will benefit today’s agricultural producers, who are adapting to a landscape that shifts nearly as fast as any in business. Farmers are expected to be economists, commodity specialists, financiers, brokers, mechanics, transportation logisticians, managers and more, and they take their cues from their business executive peers. Read more

Linder Farm Ag Outlook Meetings

Full Day of Learning at Linder Ag Outlook Meetings

Imagine receiving market outlooks, growing season weather forecast and land value information all in one location. That’s exactly the material farmers are gaining at this year’s Linder Farm Network Ag Outlook Meetings. And the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council sponsors these events for the value of information they bring to the state’s soybean farmers.

The Ag Outlook Meetings kicked off Monday in Alexandria, where farmers began the morning hearing from South Dakota State University Climatologist and Professor of Meteorology Dr. Dennis Todey. Read more

Jolene Brown

Farm Transition Workshops Nearing

There is still time to register for the Transitioning Your Farm: The Positives of Passing it On workshops set for December.

Jolene Brown

Jolene Brown

Nationally known speaker Jolene Brown and a panel of experts will present four, daylong workshops on how farm families can create and grow a business worthy of transitioning.

“In this workshop we’re going to get away from all the horror stories of all those broken families,” Brown said. “I want to take them to those who have succeeded in both creating and then transitioning a legacy business.” Read more

Water Resources

MAWRC holding info meeting for member organization staff

The Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Coalition (MAWRC) is hosting a discussion and farm tour 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Oct. 29 for all member organization staff interested in learning about the Discovery Farms program.

MAWRC staff will be discussing outreach efforts and providing guidance in creating an organization’s water related outreach efforts.

Participants should plan to meet at the Minnesota Soybean office, 151 St. Andrews Ct, Suite 710, Mankato. After 1 p.m. introductions, the group will travel to a Discovery Farms location south of Mankato before returning to the Minnesota Soybean office to continue the discussion.

Interested participants should RSVP Warren Formo at

MN Ag Expo

Registration open for 2015 MN Ag Expo

January 28, 2015 – January 29, 2015

1 Civic Center Plaza

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The 2015 MN Ag Expo is just around the corner. MN Ag Expo brings together Minnesota’s top corn and soybean producers, as well as researchers, ag media and agribusiness representatives for two days of educational opportunities, grassroots policy development and networking. To register or for sponsorship opportunities, visit

big iron farm show

Thousands flock to West Fargo for Big Iron Farm Show

One of the upper Midwest’s largest farm shows is underway this week, bringing farmers from Minnesota, North Dakota, Canada and elsewhere together to see what’s new and important in agriculture. The Big Iron Farm Show features more than 700 exhibitors and annually draws about 85,000 visitors to the three-day event at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, N.D.

Minnesota Soybean participates in this premier event, promoting the value of the soybean checkoff and the importance of membership in the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. Soybean farmers Kurt Krueger, Jim Kukowski, Theresia Gillie, Cecil Deschene, Kevin Amiot, Elliot Solheim, Bill and Karolyn Zurn all spent time in the Minnesota Soybean booth interacting with their fellow farmers. They joined Justin Ge of MEG Corp and Tom Verry of the National Biodiesel Board, who were on hand to promote biodiesel and answer questions about the industry.

Despite chilly temperatures, rain and gusty winds at times, strong crowds filled the buildings on the Big Iron grounds looking at everything from the newest precision planting equipment to the newest seed genetics, livestock handling equipment and more. Hundreds of farmers took part in information sessions on a range of topics including grain marketing.

Farm Bill Webinar with Q&A

Missed the last Farm Bill webinar covering Updating Crop Base Acres and FSA Program Yields? That’s OK. We have you covered. You can catch up on any of the Farm Bill webinars here, or you can access the Farm Bill webinar education series on the Minnesota Soybean Promotion & Research Council Webinars page or the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Webinars page. You can also listen to a Farm Bill Q&A recap with Farm Market Analyst Al Kluis and Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Aug. 14 Farm Bill webinar. We had a large turnout for the event, which means together we are delving into this new bill to learn the best options for our farmers.

Kluis/Thiesse Q&A Part One

Kluis/Thiesse Q&A Part Two