By Kirby Hettver, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association
In a time of low commodity prices, the future can be difficult to envision as we focus on making the most of our crop today. At the same time, it is crucial we continue to put the pieces in place for future success in the areas we can control.
The investment you and your fellow farmers make in the Minnesota corn check-off is setting the stage for improved profitability. With it, we can take action today and invest in projects, programs and research that will set the stage for a more profitable and sustainable future.
The impact of your check-off investment is more evident today than ever. It has allowed us to take E15 to more retailers at a pace quicker than many thought was possible, thus increasing corn demand. The check-off has led to previously unthinkable uses for corn, as it replaces petroleum-derived materials in car tires and strengthens plastics. Your investment has also helped open doors to policy makers who will shape the future of agriculture in Minnesota, as we build relationships with 2018 gubernatorial candidates through the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign.
In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how the corn check-off is working on your behalf. From building new international markets to finding new uses that increase demand and developing best management practices that lower production costs, we look forward to sharing how you are setting the stage for long-term profitability.
Seeing the progress we have made to date underscores the need to continue our investment for the future. Thanks to you, we’re confident that future will be bright and profitable.