The 2021-22 president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association board of directors is a fourth-generation family farmer.
Bryan Biegler grows corn and soybeans in Lake Wilson, a town about 25 miles from the South Dakota border in southwestern Minnesota. He assumed the MCGA presidency Oct. 1, taking over from Courtland farmer Tim Waibel.
Biegler grew up on the Lake Wilson farm, which was started by his great-grandfather and subsequently operated by his grandfather and parents. He now runs the farm with his wife, Lauren. They live there with their three kids.
The Bieglers implement conservation practices on their farm. For the past 10 years, they have strip tilled their land or refrained from tilling it at all. More recently, they have planted cover crops to prevent erosion and improve soil health and water quality.
An MCGA board member since 2016, Biegler also has served on the Murray County Corn and Soybean Growers Association board of directors. He has been involved with the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led soil-health research network run by the National Corn Growers Association. Biegler is vice chair of the National Corn Growers Association Stewardship Action Team and is a mentor with the Minnesota Soil Health Coalition.
In 2018, he and Lauren were named Murray County Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota Extension.
Enthusiastic about position
Biegler says he is excited for the new role.
“Corn is a vital part of the fabric of Minnesota’s family farms, rural and urban communities, and our state’s economy,” he says. “MCGA works hard to make sure we are a respected, present and trusted voice for the farmers we represent. I look forward to continuing to advocate for fellow farmers and stakeholders on topics that affect our state’s farmers, and helping to lead the organization into the future — serving in this role over the next year.”
Other MCGA board members also assumed new roles. Richard Syverson became vice president, Dana Allen-Tully became treasurer and Jim Kanten became secretary. Syverson, an MCGA board member since 2018, grows corn and soybeans and raises sheep with his wife and son in Pope County in west-central Minnesota. Allen-Tully, an MCGA board member since 2019, runs a dairy and crop farm in Eyota with her parents and brother. Kanten, also a board member since 2019, grows corn, soybeans and sugarbeets on his family farm in Milan.
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