Corn Checkoff Increase

With the snow and ice we’ve had this winter, it’s a challenge to remember the beautiful warm summer days when one can almost see the corn grow, or delight in the smells of fresh cut alfalfa.

With the break from field work, producers these days can fill their time attending livestock and commodity meetings planned throughout the state. (Several articles printed on Tuesday’s agriculture page will point you in the right direction.)

The Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers associations will converge on Morton for their annual meetings Thursday and Friday as part of the Minnesota Ag Expo at Jackpot Junction Casino and Hotel. During the event, corn growers will vote on a proposed referendum to increase the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council’s corn checkoff from one-half cent per bushel to one cent per bushel.

These funds are used to pay for promotion, communication and research activities aimed at increasing crop value for growers.

I think increasing the checkoff would be good for the industry and for individual producers. With a nationwide push to increase biofuels, organizations such as the MCGA need to promote the benefits of ethanol to consumers.

Corn growers from across the state may vote on the referendum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Expo.