A two hour drive west on US Hwy 212 from Minneapolis, Minnesota is the self-dubbed "cooperative capital1" of Renville, Minnesota. Renville is home to the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC). SMBSC is the heart of the sugar industry in Minnesota, which is part of the largest sugar beet-producing region in the United States. SMBSC has become one of the largest sugar beet processing facilities in the world. This distinction is the direct outcome of innovative growers and one of the longest successively and successfully functioning payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs in the nation.
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