John Swanson, a family farmer from Mentor, Minn., was recently elected to serve on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors. Swanson will serve a three-year term and represent District 6.
“I think it’s really important that agriculture shares its story with non-farmers,” Swanson said. “By serving on the MCGA board, I hope to strengthen the connection between farmers and non-farmers. I also look forward to working to open new markets for corn farmers and increase the use of homegrown ethanol fuel.”
Swanson has farmed since 1971, growing corn, soybeans, wheat and sunflowers on his family farm in Polk County. He is currently farming in a partnership with his son. In addition to farming, Swanson worked 23 years domestically and internationally for Dahlgren & Company and 18 years as the Northern Crops manager for Croplan Genetics, Land O’Lakes seed division. The Winfield Answer Plots started at the Swanson farm in 1995.
Swanson also currently serves as president of the Minnesota Sunflower Council. He has served on the National Sunflower board as Secretary/Treasurer and on the National Canola Association board. Non-agriculture service includes serving on his local church council and as a board member for the Fair Meadow Nursing Home.
“John’s background and experience will be a tremendous asset to MCGA as we continue expanding our membership base in Northwest Minnesota,” said Noah Hultgren, MCGA president and a family farmer near Willmar. “I look forward to adding John’s voice to MCGA as we stand up and speak out for all Minnesota corn farmers.”
MCGA has over 7,000 members, making it one of the largest grassroots agriculture organizations in the United States. Working in close partnership with the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, MCGA strives to create new opportunities for corn farmers and improve quality of life.