Executive director of the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Jim Palmer announced yesterday that he will be leaving the organization in the coming weeks.
Palmer has served as executive director of the two organizations, known collectively as Minnesota Soybean, since 1997.
Palmer has been in the soybean industry for 31 years and has served twice as executive director in Minnesota. He was serving as executive director of MSGA when the 1990 Farm Bill established the national soybean checkoff and then joined the United Soybean Board in St. Louis to help launch the checkoff. Palmer returned to Minnesota as executive director in 1997.
"I have very much enjoyed working for Minnesota's soybean farmers, and have always been extremely proud of the confidence the farmer-leaders have shown in me," Palmer said. "If I leave a legacy it is successfully recruiting so many farmers to become involved in their checkoff and growers association. I have always believed that farmer profitability starts with farmer involvement. Minnesota Soybean is a strong organization with excellent farmer-leadership, and I am at a point in my career that I would like to explore new opportunities for leadership in agriculture. These are dynamic times for agriculture, with many exciting possibilities for all of us in the industry."
Palmer will stay with the organization while its farmer-leaders implement plans for his replacement. "We are very appreciative of all that Jim has done for soybean farmers and our industry, and we wish him all the best," said MSR&PC chairman Gene Stoel, a farmer from Lake Wilson. "He is showing his brand of professionalism by helping us make this transition to new executive leadership."
A committee of farmers from the MSGA and MSR&PC boards will determine how the search for Palmer's successor will proceed. "We will do our due diligence in selecting the best candidate available for the organization," Stoel said.
"Farmers have several months before the planting season to initiate our search for a new executive, and our two boards will need this time to make a smooth transition to new leadership," said MSGA president Kurt Krueger, a farmer from Rothsay. "We marked our Association's 50th anniversary last week, and Jim held this announcement to himself so it would not overshadow that event. I am very appreciative of his consideration."
Source: Minnesota Soybean