Minnesota’s 1st district candidates visit corn farms

(Sen. Carla Nelson (left) visited the family farm of Brennen Toquam last week as part of MCGA candidate outreach)

Feehan (left) spent Friday afternoon discussing federal issues.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is hosting 2018 candidates for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district on family farms in southern Minnesota. Last week, candidates from both parties visited with MCGA grower leaders in an effort to build a greater understanding of modern farm practices and discuss the federal issues impacting Minnesota’s corn growers.

Last Tuesday, Jim Hagedorn, a Republican candidate from Blue Earth, and Rich Wright, Democratic candidate from Rochester, visited the Madelia farm of MCGA board director Harold Wolle. Over lunch on Friday, State Sen. Carla Nelson, a Republican candidate from Rochester, visited the Blooming Prairie farm of Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council member Brennen Toquam. Dan Feehan, a Democratic candidate from North Mankato, visited the Wolle farm Friday afternoon.

Wright (right) discussed modern farming with Wolle.

While the weather prevented a ride in the planter, each candidate took advantage of the one-on-one experience to learn more about the federal issues that are impacting farmers in Minnesota’s 1st congressional district. After a tour of the farm, each grower discussed the importance of a strong farm bill, upholding the Renewable Fuel Standard, trade, rising costs of health care and more.

Invitations to congressional candidates were extended as part of the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign, which was launched to build better connections with voters and candidates, as well as encourage a more informed dialogue about corn farming with all Minnesotans. During harvest last year, 2018 gubernatorial candidates visited family corn farms throughout Minnesota to discuss issues impacting farmers in the state. Learn more at MNCornGrowsMN.org.

Hagedorn (center) visited the Wolle farm last week.

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