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Policy

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association spends much of its time in St. Paul and Washington, D.C., fighting for farm-friendly policies.

From regulatory overreach to additional funding for rural mental health, MSGA makes sure soybean farmers have a voice at the Capitol year-round. Simply put, MSGA looks out for the best interest of soybean farmers in St. Paul and Washington D.C.

Make your voice heard.

Farmer leaders are vocal and active in their support of Minnesota’s soybean farmers. But sometimes that isn’t enough. We need farmers like you to step up and let your individual voice be heard in concert with the voices of other Minnesota farmers.

Use the Take Action section of this site to connect to your local representatives and voice your opinion on key issues.

2020 policy initiatives

With a membership of nearly 3,000 Minnesota soybean farmers, MSGA can make a lot of noise in St. Paul and Washington, D.C. to effectively fight for farm-friendly policies that protect your freedom to farm.

The omnibus tax bill mostly accomplished the stated goal of bringing Minnesota tax policy into conformity with the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. However, changes to like-kind exchanges in the 2019 legislative session led to many unintended consequences for agriculture. As a result, Minnesota farmers were dinged with large tax bills for equipment traded-in during 2018. We’ll be working with a large coalition of farm and advocacy groups to fix these problems.

Thanks to MSGA’s advocacy efforts, the Legislature approved $5 million toward the Soy Innovation Campus at UMN Crookston in 2019. The funds will be released in July 2020. Throughout the 2020 session, MSGA will be advocating for further funding for the operation of the new crush and biodiesel facility, which would generate an estimated $324 million in economic activities and support 330 new jobs throughout communities in northwest Minnesota.

All roads should be created equal. The need for additional funding for improving rural roadways is a continuing priority. MSGA will focus on injecting more funding for rural roads and bridges, and ensuring transportation funding is distributed evenly between the metro area and Greater Minnesota. Additionally, continuing to expand rural broadband access, which saw increased funding in 2019, will be a priority for MSGA.

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Soy-based road products like RePlay can extend the life of pavement while saving some Minnesota cities 30% in road maintenance costs. MSGA will inform legislators in 2020 about how long-term investments in value-added ag products are smart economics and sound policy for all Minnesotans.

The 2010s were a historic decade for renewable fuels in Minnesota. MSGA earned a massive win with the landmark move to a 20 percent (B20) blend requirement during the summer months. But protecting the biodiesel industry and its benefits continues each legislative session; Big Oil is always eager to challenge the mandate. MSGA will never let its guard down. In addition, MSGA will work in 2020 to ensure there are no added exemptions so we can all breathe easier.

The state’s agencies continue to work on new rules and regulations that could ultimately hurt farmer profitability. The soil loss ordinance, Nitrogen fertilizer rule, ditch mowing permits and other burdensome regulations continue to overreach the authority granted to state agencies under state law. Ensuring these rules and regulations conform with state law — along with making sure farmers have a voice at the table — is at the forefront of our agenda in St. Paul.

Whether its rural broadband, rural roads and bridges, access to healthcare, rural daycare, rural school funding, and so forth, anything that improves the lives of rural residents is a priority for MSGA. Making our rural communities vibrant and flourishing is important for our farmers and their farm families.

When kids don’t have access to high speed internet that prevents them from learning, when rural roads and bridges are not being repaired in a timely fashion, when there are no daycare openings available for working families, or when healthcare is too expensive or too far away, we all suffer. Rural communities need to have the types of infrastructure that attract and retain young families to keep our rural economies and towns healthy and strong.

The next invasive species or disease could be just around the corner. MSGA is aiming to get out ahead of any outbreaks. We will speak with legislators about the need for rapid response dollars for African Swine Fever, along with funding to fight pests and other terrestrial invasive species affecting farmer profitability.

Grassroots advocacy – take action!

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association uses Phone2Action, a grassroots advocacy service specializing in connecting you with your elected officials. When you become an “advocate,” you are choosing to stay informed on important issues and can contact your legislators (take action) at the click of a button – right from your smartphone, computer or social media – to ensure you have a voice on important issues that affect you.

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MSGA strives to speak with one voice to make positive changes that support the future of agriculture. Because soybean checkoff dollars cannot be used for lobbying, it’s up to us as farmers to actively let our voices be heard on issues like water quality, biotechnology, animal agriculture and more. Your investment helps to make that happen.