Making your voices heard: Recapping MCGA's Legislative Reception

Every spring, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) hosts its annual Legislative Reception in St. Paul.

MCGA farmer-leaders spend a lot of time at the State Capitol meeting with legislators, agency staff and other leaders. The Legislative Reception is an opportunity for corn farmers and legislators to come together in a more informal setting to visit about a variety of issues, and get to know a little bit more about each other in the process.

This year’s MCGA Legislative Reception was held on the evening of April 6. Below are some photos and highlights from the event.

MCGA would like to sincerely thank the farmer-leaders, legislators, agency staff and others who attended the Legislative Reception this year. Events like this one ensure that the voices of Minnesota’s corn farmers are being heard loud and clear in St. Paul.

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Current MCGA leaders and potential future leaders were at the legislative reception. Here is Noah Hultgren, a farmer in Raymond, Minn., and MCGA president, with MCGA student Agvocate Katie Peterson, a student at Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson always provides an informative update and mixes in some fun stories and anecdotes. Thank you, Commissioner!

IMG_4206Chuck Ackman from Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s staff with Scott Winslow, a family farmer near Fountain who serves on the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council. Sen. Klobuchar is a past recipient of the “Friend of Agriculture” award from MCGA.

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Hearing firsthand from legislators and other state leaders on agriculture issues is one of the highlights of the reception. Here is Rep. Jean Poppe from Austin, Minn.

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Here is MCGA Executive Director Dr. Adam Birr (second from left) with Nick Lunneborg, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Rod Hamilton, Santo Cruz, Assistant Commissioner with the Department of Human Services (second from right) and Peder Kjeseth from the office of Congressman Tim Walz.

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Sen. David Tomassoni from Chisholm, Minn., addresses the audience.

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Kirby Hettver, a farmer in DeGraff and MCGA board secretary (left), with Whitney Place Gov’t Relations Director for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, MCR&PC farmer-leader Scott Winslow and Scott’s wife Jean.

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Dr. Fred Nolan, Executive Director of the Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA) and Sam Walseth, Legislative Director for MREA visiting with Northfield farmer and past MCGA President Bruce Peterson.

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