Minnesota soybean farmers should have received time-sensitive ballot information in their mailboxes regarding upcoming elections to the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.
Postcards were mailed by Minnesota Soybean to 29,000 Minnesota soybean farmers. The postcard details the process for receiving a ballot to vote for five expiring council director seats. The actual balloting and tabulating is conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. However, to receive a ballot from MDA, farmers must go online to www.mnsoybean.org and click on the MSR&PC Ballot Request button on the home page, or return the postcard with their address to the Minnesota Soybean office.
The deadline to request a ballot has been extended to noon, Monday, February 6.
"We are starting from scratch with a new process for developing our ballot list," says Minnesota Soybean operations director Ramona Morgan. "Even if farmers have gotten a ballot in the past, they need to do the ballot request in order to receive one now. We are doing this to ensure that every soybean producer who wants to participate has the opportunity to do so."
The postcard also contains information on who to contact if a producer is interested in being a candidate for the MSR&PC.
The MSR&PC oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of the state's soybean farmers. The council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. This money is used to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for soybeans.
Ballot requests can be accomplished by logging on to www.mnsoybean.org or by returning the postcard to the Minnesota Soybean office at 151 St. Andrews Court, Suite 710, Mankato, MN, 56001. To confirm that you will receive a ballot, farmers may call the Minnesota Soybean office at 888-996-9678.