The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association board of directors has elected a new slate of officers to serve the organization.
Newly-elected MSGA officers include president, Bruce Schmoll of Claremont; vice president, George Goblish of Vesta; treasurer, Kurt Krueger of Rothsay; and secretary, Joel Schreurs of Tyler.
"There are many challenges facing agriculture here in Minnesota," Schmoll said. "There are fewer people with a direct connection to agriculture so it is becoming even more important that our voices be heard. We will continue to focus on issues related to our freedom to operate, water quality, biodiesel, market access, livestock production and increased yields."
The MSGA works on behalf of more than 3,600 members to ensure that Minnesota farmers have a voice on issues affecting their ability to operate.
"As farmers ourselves, we are committed to speaking out on issues in St. Paul and Washington, D.C.," Schmoll added. "I am honored to serve in this capacity and will work very hard to make sure that soybean farmer's concerns are addressed and protected."
The MSGA directors also elected William Gordon of Worthington to serve as American Soybean Association director, filling a seat vacated by Barb Overlie of Lake Crystal who is retiring after 30 years of service.
Brian Greenslit from Franklin has been elected chairman of the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. Greenslit, who previously served as vice chair, was elected to lead the MSR&PC during the June 13 board of directors meeting in Mankato.
"I am honored that my fellow farmers have given me the opportunity to help lead the organization," said Greenslit. "Investing soybean checkoff dollars wisely and efficiently is a responsibility that my fellow directors and I take very seriously. I look forward to working with them to identify and develop new market opportunities both domestically and overseas, to increase soybean yields through research and lead positive conversations about agriculture."
Greenslit, his wife Gloria and four children grow corn and soybeans on their fifth generation farm in Renville County.
The full slate of officers includes: vice chairman, Paul Simonsen of Fairfax; treasurer, Gene Stoel of Lake Wilson; and secretary Keith Schrader of Nerstrand.
Source: Minnesota Soybean