In 1990, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association worked to pass a statewide producer referendum that created the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council. This law provided for 1/2 cent per bushel at the first point of sale, to be collected and used for the promotion, communication and research of Minnesota corn. In 2009, Minnesota corn producers passed a referendum conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to increase the state corn checkoff rate from 1/2 cent to 1 cent per bushel. This effort is targeted at creating opportunities for increased profitability for Minnesota corn farmers.
The shared mission of MCGA and MCR&PC is to identify and promote opportunities for corn farmers, while enhancing quality of life. Although these two organizations are separate and distinct entities, they share the common goal of expanding the use, marketing, and efficient, environmentally sound production of corn while helping others understand the value and importance of corn production to our nation’s economy.