About the Council

Wisely directing investments of checkoff dollars to increase profitability to MN soybean farmers

Because Minnesota soybean farmers invest so much in their operation to be profitable, so does the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC). Our elected board of soybean-producing directors are dedicated to maximize checkoff dollars for the prosperity of all soybean farmers and their families.

What we do

How the checkoff works for Minnesota farmers

The soybean checkoff is federally mandated by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act. Every time a Minnesota soybean farmer sells soybeans, one half of one percent of the market price is checked off. Half of the checkoff is utilized by Minnesota, while the other half is utilized by the United Soybean Board. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is committed to increasing farmer profitability through the wise investment of checkoff dollars.

What we do

Fund research for
soybean profitability

Increase markets for
soybean farmers

  Educate farmers and
non-farmers about
soybeans

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

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  • 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.

Annual Report 2018

Download the 2018 Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council Annual Report.

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