The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association has 43 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.
The Olmsted/South Wabasha County Corn and Soybeans Growers hosted a Breakfast on the Farm at Schumacher’s Dairy. The farm had equipment for attendees to see while the growers talked about agriculture. At one of the tables, the growers played “Stump the Farmer,” where participants could ask questions and get a prize if the farmer could not answer their question.
Feils Oil, a local supplier of B 100, also brought their oil truck to support the breakfast.
Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers partnered with Rock-Nobles Cattlemen Association on June 30 for their golf outing. There was a great turn out of supporters and golfers at the Adrian Golf Club. Following 9 holes of golf, the two commodity groups hosted a free prime rib dinner for participants.
The Dodge County Corn and Soybean Growers teamed up with their county Farm Bureau, Beef Council and FFA chapter to host a Dinner with a Farmer event. Each group had a booth with activities and handouts geared toward children and adults. After the dinner, FARMLAND was shown at the Kasson Theater. Approximately 70 people watched the movie.
The Murray County Corn and Soybean Growers wasted little time showing off their new trailer to parade goers at the annual Wood Duck Days Parade in Fulda on June 20. The group participated in the parade as a way to promote the county corn and soybean organization and to support the community of Fulda.
In conjunction with Willmar Stingers Baseball, the Kandiyohi Corn & Soybean Growers hosted Corn & Bean Nation Night Tuesday, June 23, at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.
The night began with the county board members, including MSGA Director Nick Bjornberg, having conversations with those coming into the game about their farm.
Corn & Bean Nation T-shirts were given away while corn, soybean and farmer statistics were read by the announcer, giving kids a chance to participate. There was even a race between a corn cob and soybean to get the crowd excited.
The Kandiyohi Corn & Soybean Growers offered free tickets to the game for their growers.
A Collaborative Effort
Swift, Kandiyohi and Renville Counties collaborated and decided to once again sponsor the Little Crow Ski Team put on near New London, Minn., at Neer Park on the Crow River. The ski team has shows almost every Friday night that are open to the public. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students. For more information, click here.