Logan O’Rourke has always had a passion for agriculture. Thus, it came to no surprise when he joined his local Blue Earth County Corn and Soybean Growers Boards and soon became treasurer.
“Agriculture is and always will be the lifeblood of small towns,” O’Rourke says. “Since I knew there was an opening on the board, I wanted to be a part of the organization because I saw the value behind it.”
O’Rourke enjoys being on the board as he likes to give back to his local agriculture community.
The local organization allows us to give scholarships to students and sponsor many causes that promote agriculture by increasing visibility to the end consumer who are more disconnected to the farm than ever O’Rourke says.
Although many Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) members are soybean farmers, O’Rourke is not. O’Rourke is a currently an agronomist for Crystal Valley in Waldorf, Minn.
“MSGA is and has been a terrific avenue for information and promotion of soybean issues,” O’Rourke says. “The organization has supported the industry I care for so much, and that is the reason why it is important to me.”
Although O’Rourke is not a soybean farmer, he encourages other people involved in the agriculture industry to become members.
“Know this, if you are going to become a member the money you pledge will be used in a positive and powerful light to fight against legislative issues,” O’Rourke says. “Anything you can do to increase the positivity around agriculture and help farmers increase their value is always a great plus.”