Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) directors and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) members met with University of Minnesota researchers and officials as part of a meet-and-greet at the Bell Museum last week. The annual get-together is a great opportunity for Minnesota’s farmers to meet with researchers and discuss research needs and ideas that will shape the future of agriculture.
Since 1985, Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested $17.5 million in the University of Minnesota, including $15.5 million directly supporting research. Approximately 30 researchers were in attendance at last week’s event to discuss the advancements made possible with this investment and provide insight on areas of opportunity for ag research.
In addition to the one-on-one conversations, University researchers brought posters to highlight the advancements made in projects supported by the state’s corn growers. One project on display, for example, was replacing petroleum with renewable sources like corn in the production of rubber. University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers Associate Professor Paul Dauenhauer was one of many in attendance to speak with growers about the exciting research.
“Minnesota Corn directors put a lot of thought into what projects are funded each year, so this is a great opportunity for our growers to be able to sit down and converse with the people who are carrying out this research,” MCGA Senior Research Director Paul Meints said. “It is beneficial for the researchers who can speak with the farmers who benefit from their work, and it is great for the growers, who can walk away with a deeper understanding of the projects they are supporting.”
Minnesota corn farmers support more than $2.5 million in research every year through respected institutions like the University of Minnesota to address issues that corn farmers are facing every day. To learn more about research supported by MCGA and MCR&PC, click here.