The Minnesota Corn Growers Services Focus Team, previously called the Producer Services Focus Team, is comprised of board members from the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). The Grower Services Focus Team oversees sponsorship requests presented to Minnesota Corn.
MCR&PC is tasked with the responsible management of the corn checkoff, which is to be used for the promotion, communication and research of Minnesota corn. This effort is targeted at creating opportunities for increased profitability for Minnesota corn farmers. Working in close partnership with MCR&PC, MCGA identifies and promotes opportunities for Minnesota’s 24,000 corn farmers while building connections with the non-farming public.
We accomplish this by investing in third-party research that focuses on water quality and soil health, targeted consumer outreach, developing new uses for corn and working to add value to every bushel of corn grown in Minnesota. MCGA is one of the largest grassroots farm organizations in the United States with nearly 7,000 members.
MINNESOTA CORN PRIORITIES, GOALS AND MISSION
Sponsorship requests should focus on investments in organizations and programs that align with Minnesota Corn’s priorities and goals for 2020, which include engaging younger generations; developing ag leaders; promoting modern farming; and building connections and/or providing education to the non-farm public. Our mission is to identify and promote opportunities for corn growers while enhancing quality of life.
PROPOSAL DELIVERY AND DEADLINE
An electronic version of the proposal must be received via the online application process no later than 3:00 p.m., Central Standard Time, on January 15, 2020.
Members of the Minnesota Corn Grower Services Focus Team will evaluate each proposal based on the following criteria:
- How does the activity relate to the MCGA mission, goals and priorities?
- What are measurable benefits associated with the activity (e.g. advertising, website link, etc.)?
- What opportunity exists to reach targeted audiences and to build relationships?
- Is there positive public exposure for MCGA, its members and their communities?
- Will it lead to cross-promotional initiatives?
Once your online application form has been received in the MCGA office, the request will be reviewed and evaluated by the Minnesota Corn Grower Services Focus Team based on the criteria and requirements listed above. MCGA staff will notify your organization of the outcome by March 1, 2020.