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Minnesota Corn Growers Association invites all gubernatorial candidates to visit a family corn farm

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced it is inviting all 2018 gubernatorial candidates to a one-on-one farm experience with a Minnesota corn farmer. With this invitation, growers hope to build relationships and...

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. – The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced it is inviting all 2018 gubernatorial candidates to a one-on-one farm experience with a Minnesota corn farmer. With this invitation, growers hope to build relationships and foster conversation about farmers’ commitment to conservation, and also emphasize the significant economic impact of agriculture in both rural and urban communities in Minnesota.

"Minnesota corn farmers look forward to hosting all gubernatorial candidates, regardless of political persuasion, on a farm to help share how growers are working to raise high quality crops while caring for our state’s natural resources,” said MCGA President Harold Wolle. 

A recent statewide survey of Minnesota residents by MCGA found that 73 percent of respondents have a positive view of Minnesota farmers. However, only 38 percent of Minnesota residents actually know a farmer, yet 95 percent of respondents desire more information on modern farming practices. 

“Most individuals are now three or four generations removed from the farm,” said Wolle. “Our hope is this firsthand experience will help candidates for Governor, if elected, make future policy decisions based on science and research, and also better understand the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy.” 

In an effort to build better connections with the public and candidates and to encourage greater dialogue about corn farming in Minnesota, MCGA has also launched “MN Corn Grows MN”. Visit  mncorngrowsmn.org  to learn more about #MNCornGrowsMN, and MCGA’s commitment to environmental and economic sustainability. Candidates can also stop by the MCGA tent at Farmfest located on the corner of Seed Road and Seventh Street. Farmfest will be held Aug. 1-3 at Gillfillan Estate near Morgan, Minn.

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