It was another successful year for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) at Farmfest 2014. The tent was packed with a steady flow of people looking to learn more about MCGA, win one of several great prizes, or get a scoop of free sweet corn ice cream.
Here are some photos and other tidbits from the three-day event:
Sweet corn ice cream made a triumphant return to the MCGA tent at Farmfest. Over 90 gallons of sweet corn ice cream — made by Izzy’s Ice Cream in the Twin Cities — were served. Staff from Izzy’s hand-shucked 625 ears of Minnesota sweet corn to make the ice cream. Cups and spoons were biodegradable and made from corn.
The Minnesota Farm Team was out in full force. Farmers from throughout the state volunteered to greet visitors to the MCGA tent, recruit new members and share information on everything inside the tent, including wildflower seed packets, the Speak for Yourself Program, farmer-funded research and CommonGround Minnesota.
U.S. Congressman Tim Walz (right, wearing hat) was one of many elected officials and candidates for office to visit the MCGA tent. A few congressional and gubernatorial candidates were even put to work scooping sweet corn ice cream.
MCGA President Ryan Buck was at Farmfest on Wednesday. In addition to making the rounds inside the MCGA tent, President Buck asked a question about the Renewable Fuel Standard during the afternoon congressional candidate forum.
Before Belgrade farmer and chair of MCGA’s Government Relations committee John Mages participated in a forum on the farm bill, he was interviewed live on-stage by Red River Farm Network’s Don Wick. MCGA grower-leaders and partners conducted about 50 media interviews over Farmfest’s three days.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler came by for a scoop of ice cream and to learn more about the valuable partnership between the U of M and Minnesota’s corn farmers. The U of M conducts many corn farmer-funded research projects that seek to help farmers find new uses for corn, improve production and protect our land, water and soil resources.