Category Archives: SMBSC in the Press

Maintaining clean and healthy waterways is a top priority for the sugar industry, which is why the farmers of the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC) have taken action to help stamp out the effects of phosphorus. And their efforts have garnered praise from conservationists and regulators alike. In 1999, the SMBSC looked to increase […]

It’s the latest start ever as Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative growers begin full-scale harvest operations. U.S. Sen. Tina Smith heard the challenges facing growers as the cooperative’s President and CEO Steven Domm drove her to a field south of Renville, where she rode in a tractor as beets were lifted. To read the full […]

Reported in West Central Tribune, 7/19/19 – By most measures, this past year was an “extremely challenging year” for the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative and its shareholders, according to Sagar Sunkavalli, the co-op’s manager of environmental affairs. Producers harvested 2.37 million tons of sugar beets last year, and sliced 2.22 million tons of them, […]

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 […]