“ ‘Our business today is not totally on the farm,’ he be-lieves. ‘We also need to know there are people directing our future, and rather than allowing someone to dic-tate to you, you should have some
input to that.’
“The association’s new president has been operating a farm south of Bird Island, Minn., since 1954 when we returned home from army service in Korea. He’s been growing beets since 1968 and now plants 500 acres for Southern Minnesota Sugar Cooperative as part of an extensive farming operation that produces corn, soybeans, wheat and certified seed.