Category Archives: SMBSC in the Press

Minnesota is the nation’s leading sugarbeet producer.  As a result, sugarbeets play an important role in the state’s economy.  Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), located in Renville, is a major beet sugar extraction cooperative.  Given its production and extraction role, SMBSC wanted to understand its contribution to the regional and state economy.  The primary […]

‘Roots in the ground’ is growing as a mantra among crop farmers experimenting with and using ‘cover crops’. Oats, rye, turnips, radishes, and various seed mixes planted after harvest help protect soil from wind and water erosion, soak up excess nutrients, and build up organic matter. Today, as the soil, water quality, and production benefits of […]

Media Contact: Stacy L. Bettison 612.807.6337 Renville, MN – July 21, 2017. Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), a farmer-owned producer of refined sugar and sugar beet co-products, announced today it has reached an agreement with its labor union for a five-year labor contract. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International AFL-CIO/CLC, Local 369 has […]

Three Decades of Sugar: Kelvin P. Thompsen   A Completed Tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative On October 1, 2016, Kelvin Thompsen returned to what he did as a boy growing up in Illinois and Wyoming – working in agriculture. On this sunny day it was harvesting milo on […]

SMBSC will continue to make meaningful and industry-leading progress in protecting the environment while creating a sustainable food supply. Sugar co-op prepares for stricter rules by Tom Cherveny Today at 12:16 a.m. OLIVIA – Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is aiming to remain in compliance with environmental regulations it anticipates will become more stringent in […]

Weekend frost nips some farm fields By Carolyn Lange Today at 6:30 p.m. WILLMAR—Two days of early morning frost over the weekend in west central Minnesota may cause problems for early planted crops. Reports of damage vary in the region—and it will take another day or two to determine what the true impact will be—but […]

Media Contact: Stacy Bettison 612.807.6337 As one of the largest employers and contributors to the economy of southwestern Minnesota, we take our responsibilities to the region and state very seriously. We are pleased to resolve matters with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency, most of which arose from unprecedented rainfall and […]

Minnesota sugar beet growing season off to great start Posted May 3, 2016 by Mark Dorenkamp Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative vice president Todd Geselius says planting began around the 11th of April. “That is quite early for us.  With the equipment that everybody has nowadays, planting goes extremely rapidly, so we basically planted our […]

SMBSC proudly sponsored the inaugural Redwoods Falls Career Expo. The event focused on introducing students from Redwood Falls, Wabasso, Sleepy Eye, and St. James to careers in a variety of industries including: agriculture, manufacturing, technology, business administration, health services, and more. Each student had the opportunity to ask local business representatives questions about career paths, […]

Renville, MN – April 1, 2016. Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), a shareholder-owned producer of refined sugar and sugar products, announced today it has elected Steven J. Domm to be the next President of SMBSC. Nearly two (2) years ago Kelvin Thompsen, SMBSC’s current President and Chief Executive Officer, announced his plan to transition […]