The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) once again partnered with University of Minnesota Gopher athletics to share corn farmers’ commitment to conservation and impact on our state. During the 2019-2020 athletic season, the partnership extends throughout the calendar year, reaching fans of all sports.
New this year, Minnesota’s corn farmers are now front-and-center during the Gopher women’s basketball season. MCGA is featured on videoboards, gameday programs, live radio broadcasts of each game, on the Gopher Sports website and more. Minnesota’s corn farmers were also the official sponsor of January’s border battle between the Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers, where MCGA-branded stadium bags were distributed to the first 500 fans and corn-themed, Zubaz-style pants were thrown to the crowd during the game.
Current student-athletes aspiring to become agricultural leaders are also once again in the spotlight throughout the year. Each Gopher athlete is interviewed about their agricultural background and ambitions for a video shared during games, as well as on Gopher Facebook and Twitter channels. You can view each video here.
Following up October’s Celebrate Ag & Food Day during a Gopher football game, a second Ag & Food Day will take place Feb. 16 as the Gopher men’s basketball team takes on the Iowa Hawkeyes. MCGA will once again be featured as a participating sponsor along with other commodity organizations and agribusinesses in the state. The annual event is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of our state’s ag sector with Gopher fans who may not have a connection to the farm.