Minnesota Soybean Business

Faces of MSGA: Amanda Beavens

March-April 2023

Agriculture is for everyone – not just farmers.

MSGA isn’t an exclusive club for soybean growers but open to anyone – or any business – who wants to support agriculture.

For 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, investing in a membership only made sense considering they’re the state’s only agriculture cooperative that offers quality health plans for Minnesota farm families and businesses that provide direct services to production agriculture.

“MSGA does wonderful things in the name of agriculture,” 40 Square Executive Director Amanda Beavens said. “I’m very impressed with the organization. They’re doing great things and they work together with different organizations to really advocate for farmers.”

Growing up on a southern Minnesota farm, Beavens recognizes the importance of the agriculture community to work together to accomplish goals. And in 2022, MSGA’s board voted to offer its members access to 40 Square’s health plans without having to pay the initial stock investment.

“MSGA knows that affordable health care is a concern for everyone but especially for rural farm families,” said Beavens, who has worked in health care for more than 20 years. “40 Square is a great member benefit for MSGA.”

MSGA continues to impress upon legislators the need for increased health care resources for Greater Minnesotans.

“There are always opportunities for businesses to partner together,” Beavens said. “You can’t go wrong by becoming a member because you will gain valuable knowledge and opportunities. Working with MSGA is important for the betterment of the agricultural community.”


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