The Minnesota Corn Growers Association returned to Gilfillan Estate last week for Farmfest 2019. The annual event was another great opportunity for MCGA staff, directors and corn grower members to meet with Minnesota farmers, elected officials and more.
Thousands of farmers came to the Minnesota Corn tent to learn the many ways “MN Corn Grows MN” and try some sweet corn ice cream. In addition to catching up on the latest in research, ethanol and policy, many visitors signed up or renewed their MCGA membership and received a custom MCGA headlamp as a thank you for joining.
Over the three-day event, Governor Tim Walz, U.S. Congress members, state commissioners, and new University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel all stopped by to chat with MCGA directors in the tent.
At the Wick Building, MCGA Director and National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Harold Wolle participated in a forum with other ag leaders on national issues impacting farmers.
MCGA President Brian Thalmann was also in attendance for a listening session in the Wick Building featuring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Thalmann provided input during the session, voicing his concern regarding the economic anxiety felt across Minnesota farm country from the ongoing trade disputes. With trade a hot topic in local and national media, Thalmann was quoted in a number of news stories recapping Perdue’s visit to Farmfest: