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About MSGA

Fighting for soybean farmers 365 days a year

Established by soybean farmers in 1962, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) is a non-profit, farmer-controlled advocacy organization that works on behalf of soybean farmers to ensure their freedom to operate is protected, and their profitability will thrive.

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Some of the most important decisions about the future of your farming operation are being made by people who have never set foot on a farm…

Sobering thought huh? Make sure your voice is heard in St. Paul and Washington D.C.

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) monitors government policies to improve the profitability of soybean farmers throughout the state. Simply put, MSGA looks out for the best interest of soybean farmers in St. Paul and Washington, D.C.

Investment in MSGA helps put boots on the ground and in front of policy makers year-round to ensure Minnesota’s soybean farmers have a voice in decisions that affect their freedom to operate and their profitability.

 

What we do

Advocate on behalf of Minnesota soybean farmers

Fight for designated ag-based funding

Promote new markets and uses

Minnesota Soybean staff

Two organizations serving Minnesota’s soybean farmers.

Joe Smentek
  • Executive

Joe Smentek
Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Executive Director
Melinda Roberts

Melinda Roberts

  • Executive

Melinda Roberts
Executive Assistant
Tom Slunecka

Tom Slunecka

  • Executive

Tom Slunecka
Chief Executive Officer
Mike Youngerberg

Mike Youngerberg

  • Field Services

Mike Youngerberg
Senior Director of Product Development & Commercialization
  • Finance

Stephanie Seely
Staff Accountant
  • Finance

Beth Roemhildt
Finance Assistant
Scott Miller

Scott Miller

  • Finance

Scott Miller
Chief Financial Officer
Sara Hewitt

Sara Hewitt

  • Industry Relations

Sara Hewitt
Manager of Industry Relations
  • Marketing

Sam Johnson
Regional Project Manager

(Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine)

  • Marketing

Katelyn Blackwelder
Regional Project Manager

(Becker, Chippewa, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wilkin)
  • Marketing

Shannon Bjorklund
Regional Project Manager

(Blue Earth, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca)
Lorri Ann Hartel

Lorri Ann Hartel

  • Marketing

Lorri Ann Hartel
Prairie Ag Comm. for Minnesota Soybean

(Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau)


Kim Nill

Kim Nill, Minnesota Soybean director of market development

  • Market Development

Kim Nill
Director of Market Development
David Kee

David Kee, Minnesota Soybean director of research

  • Research Programs

David Kee
Director of Research
  • Operations Staff

Kaelyn Platz
Administrative Assistant
  • Operations Staff

Michelle Walters
Receptionist
Drew Lyon

Drew Lyon

  • Public Relations

Drew Lyon
Communications Manager
Kristeena Patsche

Kristeena Patsche

  • Public Relations

Kristeena Thisius
Digital Media Manager
Doug Monson

Doug Monson

  • Public Relations

Doug Monson
Director of Public Relations
Jodie Arndt

Jodie Arndt

  • Membership

Jodie Arndt
Membership Manager

Corporate Office

Address

151 Saint Andrews Court
Suite 710
Mankato, MN 56001

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Careers

Minnesota Soybean employees are passionate about agriculture, talented in their fields, and dedicated to the success of our farmer-led organizations. Currently, we have no job openings.