MN Ag EXPO 2015 is set for Wednesday and Thursday of next week at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Pre-registration is closed, but you will be able to register on-site, for free (!), on the day of the event.
In addition to the insightful speakers, educational breakout sessions, large ag trade show and networking opportunities, one of the big draws to the annual MN Ag EXPO is the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) live and silent auction. All proceeds from the auction help MCGA advocate for Minnesota corn farmers on important issues and help the organization connect with non-farmers with a positive message about agriculture.
MCGA has a lot of great items (and a few quirky ones) up for bid this year. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the items that will be up for bid:
There’s a brand new sign up at the MCGA office in Shakopee, which means the old one is being auctioned off. This sign became a Shakopee landmark for people driving past the office on Highway 101. Now you can post it on your farm!
Also from the MCGA garage: a mini ethanol tanker semi go-kart.
If you have a little helper on the farm, they’re going to love relaxing on this John Deere sofa after a long day of field work.
In addition to this chainsaw, we’ll have several other great products from STIHL up for bid, including a weed whacker and leaf mulcher.
This is one of several corn serving dishes up for auction. We’ve also got corn serving spoons, corn salt & pepper shakers, corn coffee mugs, corn butter knives and corn cups.
Bid on this grease gun from Milwaukee Tools. We’ve also got an air blower and tool combo kit from Milwaukee.
The little engineer in your family will love this CAT motorized construction train.
This John Deere tractor lamp could be yours. Picture this on your nightstand, lighting up the room as you read the 2014 Minnesota Corn Growers Association Year in Review and the updated Research Directory.
Farmers grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for the entire world. When it comes time to cook for you own family, this 10-piece Initiative cookware set is mighty nice.
This Craftsman 3-gallon air compressor is all yours with the right bid. We’ll also have a 6-piece tire maintenence set from Craftsman and a pint glass bucket gift set.
Hang this old school Jam the Stands “Ethanol Field to Fuel” race car door panel in your shed to support homegrown ethanol and local stock car racing.
Need help hauling things around your farm? Is your son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter a little too young to operate a real tractor? Then put ’em to work using this Case-IH pedal tractor and trailer. We’ll also have pedal tractors and other kids toys from John Deere.
This giant wooden corn sculpture serves no practical purpose whatsoever. But it would look great somewhere on your farm!
Of course, no MCGA auction would be complete without some corn seed up for bid. We’ll have seed from Dyna-Gro, Syngenta, Croplan, Channel and Dekalb.
This is only a small sampling of the hundreds of items that will be up for bid at MN Ag EXPO 2015 next week. Remember: on-site registration is free the day of the event and all auction proceeds go to MCGA. If you’re a corn and soybean farmer in Minnesota, this is the event you need to attend.
For more info on MN Ag EXPO 2015, click here. See you next week and good luck bidding!