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.

2018 policy initiatives

With a membership of over 3,200 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 state’s agencies continue to work on regulations and rules that impact the day-to-day operations of Minnesota’s soybean farmers. MSGA continues to be committed to being a part of the rulemaking process and work with the legislature to ensure these rules meet the legislative intent of the laws they are based upon. MSGA advocates for checks and balances and for the legislature to make the laws, the judicial branch to interpret the laws and the executive branch to implement and enforce, not create, the laws.

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On May 1, 2018 Minnesota proved itself as the biodiesel capital of America by moving to a 20 percent biodiesel blend during summer months. The success of requiring a 20 percent blend in Minnesota has helped bring an additional 63 cents per bushel back to soybean farmers’ pockets.

MSGA remains committed to protecting the biodiesel mandate and the state’s biodiesel industry.

Ways you can help make sure your individual voice is heard.

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The state’s buffer law is still changing and evolving as we go through implementation of the law. Just recently, MSGA fought off an attempt to make the penalties much more severe than laid out in statute. MSGA will continue to work to help limit the impact of the buffers on farmers, while ensuring water quality concerns are addressed. MSGA’s goal is to see farmers fully compensated for the services these buffers provide the rest of Minnesota or at least recognize that with no profit from the land, there should be no tax liability.

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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.

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Much ado has been made in the media about the aquatic invasive species affecting the outdoor industry by hundreds of millions of dollars. But how about the terrestrial invasive species harming our agriculture sector by billions of dollars a year?

These pests are overlooked, and the price to fight them is left to individual land owners; meanwhile, the state government pays for the fight on aquatics. It’s time to treat these terrestrial invasive species in a new and more balanced way, and prevent new agriculture invasives like Palmer amaranth and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug from invading Minnesota.

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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.