The first week of corn farm visits by 2018 candidates for Minnesota governor is in the books, with four candidates making it out to family farms to discuss the importance of agriculture. Topics ranged from healthcare, to buffers, to the technology found in the combine. Each candidate walked away with a better understanding of modern farms and the issues that are important to the state’s 24,000 corn farmers.
Invitations to gubernatorial candidates were extended earlier this summer as part of the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign, which was launched to build better connections with voters and candidates for elected office to encourage a more informed dialogue about corn farming with all Minnesotans.
Representative Erin Murphy
Erin Murphy is the current state representative for District 64A and resides in St. Paul.
Murphy met with Les Anderson on his Cannon Falls farm last Friday in the first of many candidate visits organized by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. The visit included a tour of Anderson’s farm and a ride in the combine. Murphy and Anderson ended the afternoon with a conversation on the issues that are important to farmers like Les, including healthcare.
Congressman Tim Walz
Tim Walz is currently a U.S. representative representing the 1st congressional district of Minnesota. He lives in Mankato.
Walz met up with Harold Wolle on a rainy afternoon last Saturday on his farm in Madelia. While the two were unable to get the full harvest experience, Wolle, joined by his family, were able to spend time discussing Walz’ vision for the state of Minnesota if he were to become governor. While Walz has been a longtime congressman who represented Minnesota on federal issues, the visit was an opportunity for Wolle and Walz to discuss issues on the state level.
Keith Downey is the former chairman of the Republican Party in Minnesota. Formerly, Downey was a state representative for District 41A. He is from Edina.
Downey made the trip west to the Plato farm of Brian Thalmann on Wednesday. The sunny afternoon was the perfect setting for a farm tour that included a look at different types of conservation practices and an extended combine ride. Thalmann was able to chat about a number of topics that were much discussed during the last legislative session, including the buffer law.
KARE 11 also joined the group to cover the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative and the farm visits organized for gubernatorial candidates.
Phillip Parrish is a former naval research intelligence officer and a current resident of Kenyon.
Parrish visited Wolle’s farm in Madelia yesterday where he was able to jump right into harvest by joining Wolle in the combine. The two spent time discussing modern agriculture and the sustainability efforts made by farmers. For Parrish, who grew up around agriculture, it was an opportunity to hear how farming has evolved and discuss topics important to farmers today.