The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association has 42 organized county organizations. Each of these counties has events throughout the year to help promote and educate farmers and non-farmers about soybeans. For an organization to be truly grassroots, it needs the help of many. Organized MSGA counties provide a true boots-on-the-ground approach. The efforts of these counties are truly remarkable. Around the Counties highlights some of the many things our county boards are involved in throughout the year.
Kim Fruechte has been organizing an Ag Awareness Day in Lincoln County for the last few years. The event is sponsored by the local Farm Bureau and Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers. This year, 80 third and fourth graders from three different schools participated in the Ag Awareness Day held in Lake Benton, Minn. The students learned about agriculture by having different stations – corn, soybeans, food, farm safety, feed, goats, beef, swine and an FSA booth. The students rotated to each station and participated in hands-on activities.
Tenth graders from Butterfield and St. James High Schools recently had the opportunity to explore careers and job opportunities at an area career day – and they had a little help from the Watonwan County Corn and Soybean Growers.
This year, over 100 area businesses visited with students, teachers and counselors from nine area schools about careers and jobs in Martin, Watonwan, Faribault and Jackson counties during the Area Career Exploration Day at Fairmont High School on April 8. Students asked questions of area business owners and managers about the type of classes they should take while still in high school. Students also learned about the need for post high school education, apprenticeships, internships and salary earning capabilities.
The Watonwan County Corn and Soybean Growers Association donated biodiesel to fuel the students’ trip to Fairmont.
The Marshall County Corn and Soybean Growers Association were proud to bring Ag in the Classroom to Marshall County area schools. The growers brought coloring books, crayons, rulers and pencils to the classrooms. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo was one of the schools that the county corn and soybean growers visited.
The Kittson County Soybean Growers recently delivered the DVD FARMLAND movie to the Hallock and Karlstad library. The documentary offers a firsthand glimpse inside the world of farming by showcasing the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their twenties. One of the farmers documented is a hog farmer from southwest Minnesota. The DVD will be available to the public in Hallock and Karlstad.