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Southern Minn. joins National Sugar Marketing 3/7/2016 – by Ron Sterk WASHINGTON — National Sugar Marketing L.L.C. (N.S.M.) announced on March 4 the addition of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (S.M.B.S.C.) as its newest member. “By joining N.S.M., Southern Minnesota will deliver their refined sugar to customers with the highest efficiency and the lowest cost […]

A great way to encourage safety at the farm is to  focus on cleaning and organizing our workspaces.  The University of Missouri Agricultural Extension discusses the importance of good housekeeping and some considerations to look at.  Read the article here. To go along with the article, Penn State provides us with two pages on inspection criteria […]

Dave Berg, President of American Crystal Sugar recently wrote a letter to the editor in the Fargo Forum touching on the misrepresentation of GMOs and the potential impact to food choice and affordability. An excerpt from Dave’s letter is below:   Letter: Writer misrepresents Monsanto role in agriculture productivity By Dave Berg from Fargo on […]

Beet sugar is safe, but GM pandering is not Hershey’s move is wrong; a hungry, crowded world needs the benefits of GM technology. By Kyle Petersen JANUARY 14, 2016 — 6:00PM The recent report that Hershey Co. will stop buying beet sugar (“Hershey says ‘bye’ to beet sugar,” Dec. 28) because it comes from genetically […]

GMO Sugar Myths

The Powell Tribune (NW Wyoming) recently published an excellent article as a result of Hershey’s recent decision to discontinue use of sugar from beets as a result of consumer misconceptions about sugar from GMO beet seed. There is a lot of good information in this article including this easy to understand anecdote at the end of […]

Patented oxidation process to manage hydrogen sulfide shows promise in initial phases November 17, 2015 – In September 2015, we launched a new pilot program using patented, catalyzed oxidation technology applied during treatment of wastewater to control hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a naturally occurring gas that results from biological degradation of residues derived from sugar beet […]

SMBSC was recently featured in an Agri-News article that interviewed Todd Geselius, vice president of agriculture, about this year’s harvest and cover crops. SMBSC’s Cover Crop Program, established for nearly 15 years, prevents erosions, improves soils and increases crop yield. They keep soil from blowing off fields during windy days and eroding during heavy rains. They […]

Congratulations to Wayne Trager, who is retiring after 22 years of service! Wayne joined the Cooperative as a miscellaneous laborer and worked on the beet end and as a house oiler before becoming a Mechanic and Electrician Helper 3rd in 1998 and later holding a utility man position. Wayne transferred in 2003 to a House […]

SMBSC was featured in a recent Star Tribune article about harvest featuring quotes by several members of SMBSC’s management team and shareholders. Following is an excerpt of the article: It’s shaping up to be a sweet harvest for Minnesota sugar beets This fall’s sugar beet harvest is shaping up to be exceptionally strong, which benefits farmers’ […]

Doug Erickson, Industrial Relations Manager, visited with one of five buses filled with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students today. The students from Redwood Area Schools, St. Mary’s School in Bird Island, Cedar Mountain, and Renville County West were visiting as part of Renville County Harvest Field Day.. The objective of the event is to […]