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Jason Schatzke, treasurer of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association, died in a car crash Saturday, Nov. 12. The driver of the vehicle, Christopher Thompson, is charged with two felony counts of injury or death resulting from driving under the influence.
A desire for the rural lifestyle and the opportunity to carry on the family farming legacy were two of the major reasons that influenced Nick Hagen’s decision to farm.
Earl Mallinger is American Crystal Sugar's oldest shareholder and likely one of the nation's oldest farmers. He celebrated his 105th birthday on Aug. 14, 2022, and continues to farm about 1,000 acres near Oslo, Minnesota.
The Renville County Board of Commissioners is seeking federal funds for an estimated $2,656,900 improvement to a portion of Renville County Road 21 serving the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. The county was awarded $200,000 in state funds which will be applied toward a 20% local share of the project.
The demonization of “sugar” in general presents both challenges and opportunities for sugarbeet producers, Courtney Gaine, president and CEO of The Sugar Association, told the ASGA. While the challenge of overcoming consumer perceptions remains, the solution and opportunity may be as simple as getting people to see “real sugar” for what it really is — a plant-based substance with a proper place in a balanced diet.
Nate Hultgren of Raymond is leading the American Sugarbeet Growers Association as its newly elected president for the coming year. He serves as chairman of the board for the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative.

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“We are going to harvest around 36.5 tons per acre. That’s a record by 6 tons,” said Todd Geselius, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Co-Op vice president of agriculture.
Sugarbeet harvest plays a large role in the Red River Valley's agriculture industry. Due to the harvest being non-stop once the campaign begins, many local businesses extend their hours in an effort to rally behind sugarbeet producers.
Sugarbeet harvest in the Red River Valley is an around the clock operation, requiring a multitude of seasonal workers to get the job done.

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