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Sen. Torrey Westrom (center) and Senate candidate Jill Abahsain, along with Minnesota House candidate Murray Smart and state Reps. Jeff Backer and Paul Anderson at Pope County plot day MCGA
FIELD WORK: At a Pope County plot day, Minnesota Corn Growers Association county directors hosted state Sen. Torrey Westrom (center) and Senate candidate Jill Abahsain, along with Minnesota House candidate Murray Smart and state Reps. Jeff Backer and Paul Anderson.

Minnesota corn farmers connect with candidates

The multi-county effort brings candidates to the farm to highlight issues impacting rural communities.

County corn organizations with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association are hosting local grassroots efforts to connect with political candidates running for state and national offices.

Each of Minnesota’s House and Senate seats are up for reelection in November, providing an opportunity to elevate agriculture issues in the days leading up to Nov. 3.

Called “MN Corn Grows MN,” the association’s 52 county corn organizations are planning local activities. County farmer-leaders are working with the MCGA state office to invite candidates to farm tours, plot days and forums. Each will provide a setting for one-on-one conversation about the issues impacting corn farmers, their families and rural communities.

MCGA state directors will bolster the efforts on the county level by focusing on state policy makers with relevant committee seniority and those in leadership positions. Building these connections will be valuable during MCGA’s Day on the Hill and in advocating for MCGA-supported policy during the legislative session.

Opportunities to engage with candidates will allow farmer leaders to share information about the Better Fuel Initiative and its goal to raise the state’s biofuel standard from 10% to 15%. Other policy topics covered in the visits include buffer property tax relief, efficient environmental permitting, public investment of agriculture research and Clean Water Funds for on-the-ground implementation.

MCGA co-hosts Greater Minnesota House and Senate debates

Through the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign, MCGA is also co-hosting a series of debates between candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives airing on WCCO Radio. The partnership will bring focus to the federal issues most important to the state’s corn farmers.

The debates will feature candidates for U.S. Congressional Districts throughout Greater Minnesota. All will air on WCCO Radio, as well as stream live on WCCO’s Facebook page.

For more information on the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign, visit

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