The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council last week recognized a number of individuals and organizations for their work supporting the state's soybean industry at the 2012 MN Ag EXPO.
The EXPO at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The event also included a celebration of MSGA's 50th Anniversary.
Long-time director Barb Overlie of Lake Crystal was presented with the President's Director Award from current MSGA President Kurt Kruger of Rothsay for her 30 years of service to Minnesota Soybean. In addition to being an MSGA director, Overlie is also an American Soybean Association national director, is active in the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, and has been heavily involved in promoting soybeans around the world.
The Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers was awarded the MSGA President's Industry Award for their partnership with the MSGA in helping to serve soybean farmers in northern Minnesota. The Wheat Growers staff now works on soy production issues, variety development, membership and policy issues unique to growers in that area. MAWG Executive Director Dave Torgerson was presented the award from MSGA President Kurt Krueger.
MSR&PC Chair Gene Stoel of Lake Wilson presented the Chair's 2011 Director Award to Brian Greenslit of Franklin. Greenslit serves as vice chair of MSR&PC as well as chairing the domestic marketing committee. He also serves on both the administrative and communication committees. Greenslit is also a board member on the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, a multi-organizational effort to lead the dialog with consumers about how their food is produced.
Stoel presented the 2011 MSR&PC Industry Award to the Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center. The center was created to give Minnesota farmers a voice at the table when water issues are discussed. MAWRC executive director Warren Formo accepted the award.
Minnesota Soybean committees also presented awards in the following categories:
International Marketing Committee: Mike O'Leary of Danvers was awarded for his years of service in international marketing and work with pork exports.
Research and Technology Transfer Committee: University of Minnesota scientists Philip Schaus and Russ Severson were recognized for their dedicated service to soybean research and breeding programs.
Communications Committee: Don Wick of the Red River Farm Network was presented with the award for his work sharing soybean news to northwestern Minnesota.
Domestic Marketing Committee: Redwood County Agricultural Society and United Pullers of Minnesota for the truck and tractor pull promoting the use of biodiesel held annually at the Redwood County Fairgrounds. The Redwood County Agricultural Society was represented by Jim Sandgren and the United Pullers by several members including President Bryce Anderson.
Membership Committee: Jim Kukowski of Strathcona was recognized for promoting MSGA membership to soybean farmers in northern Minnesota, and Ziegler Ag Equipment for promoting and donating 100 hours of use of a new Challenger tractor. Ziegler was represented by Dick Emmerich
Education Committee: Minnesota FFA Foundation was honored for their work in preparing young people for careers and leadership opportunities in agriculture and beyond.