The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) are committed to funding independent research that seeks to enhance opportunities for Minnesota corn farmers by improving agricultural practices and creating new markets for what they produce.

Minnesota corn check-off dollars, self-funded by corn farmers themselves, are funding a wide range of research projects that directly affect local business and families, including the development of value-added products, the management of corn inputs, issues related to ethanol use, the evaluation of genetic traits, and the relationship between agricultural management practices and water quality.

Results of studies are made available to growers in multiple formats, including the Minnesota Corn Research Summary, Volume 1 and Volume 2. Growers are invited to apply this information to their own farms to help optimize best management practices and increase yield and returns.

For more information on projects funded by Minnesota’s corn organizations, contact Dr. Paul Meints at

Innovation Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) is an invitation to all corn growing members to develop and submit a proposal to test an idea or practice on your farm with the specific goal to reduce nitrate loss, improve your soil health, and protect ground water quality. For more details on the Innovation Grant Program and a hard copy application, click here.

Innovation Grant RFP’s were due December 15, 2017. Successful and non-successful applicants will be notified by March 1, 2018.