The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is the nation’s largest soybean association because farmers and agribusinesses have recognized the value MSGA membership brings. ‘Faces of MSGA’ recognizes those members who actively promote Minnesota’s soybean industry.
Tom Eng and his family having been farming near St. James since 2007. That wasn’t always the plan.
“I went to college after high school and actually had a job away from home for years,” Eng says. “After my father passed away in an accident, I didn’t want to see our family farm transition.”
Eng and his wife, Martha, moved back to St. James to not only take over the family farm, but help take care of his mother, too. Before he knew it, he was getting involved in the community by serving on the church council, township boards and the Watonwan County Corn and Soybean Growers.
Eng has served on the Watonwan County Board for six years and currently is in his fifth year as chair. He has enjoyed watching the board adapt to the fast-changing agriculture industry.
“When you farm, you have a lot to do and often times are focused into your own world,” Eng says. “You either you have a seat at the table or you’re on the menu, and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association allows us all to have a seat at the table.”