The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has a number of board vacancies for Minnesota's barley, beef, corn and soybean research and promotion councils. These will be three-year terms, directing the investment of their councils' check-off program dollars. There will be a mail ballot election scheduled for April 2017.

Interested candidates have until January 31 to contact their nominating committee chair if interested in running.

District eight includes Freeborn, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties. There is an opening for the Beef Research and Promotion Council. Interested candidates may call (763) 479-1011.

There is also an opening for District Eight in the Corn Research and Promotion Council. Those who would like to run may call (952) 233-0333.

Candidates in District Eight that are interested in running for the opening in the Soybean Research and Promotion Council may call (507) 388-1635.