Montana Grain Growers Association

Montana Grain Growers Association

The Montana Grain Growers Association is proud to be an advocate for Montana agriculture. For over 55 years, MGGA has been recognized as the grain industry leader in Montana. We are the only agricultural organization dedicated solely to representing the interests of Montana wheat and barley producers. Working specifically on the issues critical to our growers’ success like crop insurance, the farm bill, federal and state regulations, transportation and rising input costs, MGGA has had a long history of extraordinary success. Our honesty, integrity and hard work have earned us the respect of our congressional delegation, state legislators and administrators at all levels.

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North Dakota Soybean Growers Association

North Dakota Soybean Growers Association

The North Dakota Soybean Growers Association is a statewide, not-for-profit, member-driven organization. We exist to conduct legislative activities in Bismarck and Washington, D.C. to improve the sustainable prosperity of its members and the entire soybean industry. The North Dakota organization is one of 26 soybean-producing states affiliated with the American Soybean Association.

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North Dakota Wheat Commission

North Dakota Wheat Commission

The North Dakota Wheat Commission works to sustain and expand use of wheat grown by North Dakota farmers by creating worldwide market opportunities through efforts including opening overseas markets, reinforcing consumption of grain foods, developing new wheat varieties and influencing international import and export policies. Wheat producers fund these programs with a checkoff of a penny and a half on each bushel sold.
 

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Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of approximately 25,000 farmers in our state. The council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. This money is used to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for soybeans.

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Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council

Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council 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.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Minnesota Corn Growers Association

When a small group of Minnesota farmers got together in 1978 to create the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), there was no ethanol industry; there was no check-off fund to pay for research and promotion of corn-based products. No corn fructose sweetener or corn-based plastics and textiles. There was scant representation of the farmer's viewpoint in St. Paul and Washington.

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North Dakota Corn Growers Association

North Dakota Corn Growers Association

The North Dakota Corn Growers were organized in 1987 making ND one of the 48 states affiliated with the National Corn Growers Association

The North Dakota Corn Growers association serves as the activity arm of the North Dakota Corn Council.  Corn Growers have currently identified five priorities and have developed action teams to work on these priorities including: Grower Services; Public Policy; Stewardship & Conservation;Research; and Livestock and Ethanol Marketing.

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North Dakota Barley Council

North Dakota Barley Council

The North Dakota Barley Council was created by the 1983 North Dakota Legislature.  Funded by a check-off of one cent per bushel on barley sales from 1983-2009 and a check-off of two cents per bushel on barley sales from 2009 to present, the Council supports research and development for new barley varieties, provides education and trade support to potential buyers, and seeks new opportunities to expand barley utilization in malting, livestock, and human food consumption.

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Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association

Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association

The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association (RRVSGA) was formed in
1926 for the purpose of representing growers who grew sugarbeets for the old American Beet Sugar Company, later to become the American Crystal Sugar Company.  The American Beet Sugar Company built the first sugarbeet processing factory in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  Additional factories were later built in Moorhead and Crookston, Minnesota and in Drayton and Hillsboro, North Dakota.

 

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Northern Plains Potato Growers Association

Northern Plains Potato Growers Association

The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) was first organized in 1946 by a handful of concerned potato growers who felt that the Valley's potato industry needed to be more united. This group actually donated their own funds for the first year to kick things off. It didn't take long before the Association was officially formed and boasted 600 grower-members from both sides of the Red River.

The priorities set by the first Board of Directors - research and promotion - has never changed. However, the means of accomplishing these priorities have varied over the years. Much of the first 15 years was devoted to organizing, developing funding mechanisms, and dealing with legislative work, marketing control, traffic and regulation study, potato research and promotion, and public relations.

In 1956, the Association purchased land five miles south of Grand Forks, ND, to establish the nation's first and only grower-owned potato research farm. Since then, the Red River Valley Potato Research Farm, as well as other research areas, have provided ample space for potato research on soil types representative of the Red River Valley. The land is made available to researchers from the University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, and USDA for various types of research and experiments with variety development, disease control, insect control, processing quality, and storage concerns.

The 1960's signified opportunities for growth and success to Red River Valley Potato Growers. By 1960, the Association had 2,500 members, the highest number of members ever. The Association concentrated heavily on promotion and sent out marketing representatives to many areas in the United States calling on merchandising managers, brokers, chain store buyers, chip manufactures, and other receivers of fresh potatoes. Yet, the 1960's also brought great change to the Valley. An increased consumer demand for processed potatoes opened new windows of opportunity for many Valley potato growers.

During the 1970's, the Valley's chip industry became very strong and Valley growers experienced expanding potato acreage and increased yields of chipping potatoes. Association officials spent much time negotiating contracts with processors.

Throughout the 1980's and 1990's the industry has seen dramatic changes because of the nation's economics and politics. Farms have become fewer and acreage has become larger. The most exciting changes have been the technological advances that have built our industry to its current standing.

In 2002 the Association realized the need for an irrigated research site to compliment the non-irrigated site near Grand Forks. A site was purchased and operated near Tappen, ND from 2002 to 2008. In 2009 the irrigated research site was moved to the Forest River Colony near Inkster, ND.

Potatoes grown in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota are the highest quality found anywhere. It is with pride and dedication, that the potato growers in this area combine a superior work ethic with modern, state-of-the art equipment and facilities to supply excellent quality potatoes.

The Red River Valley has several unique growing conditions found nowhere else in the world. The results of a mammoth glacial lake, the Red River Valley has been blessed with the rich, black soil. The land is flat and virtually free of stones, with few hills and slopes which make it ideal for consistently producing one of the finest potato crops anywhere.

Today after significant advances in production and technology, the Red River Valley can boast being the nation's third largest potato-producing area in the nation. The Red River Valley is also the only region that produces in volume for four of the major potato markets; chip, fresh, seed, and process.

The Association has seen its potato acreage expand to new areas of North Dakota and Minnesota with the prevalence of irrigation. The 1990's have brought new interest in integrated pest management with a consumer demand to move away from pesticide use. But, the newest and most exciting change is that of biotechnology. Biotechnology has become commonplace and has brought the first genetically altered potato into the market. As we embark upon the 21st century, technological advances will continue to pave the way into and throughout the next century.

The NPPGA today has approximately 250 grower members. The NPPGA works for its potato growers in the areas of research, promotion and marketing, communication, and legislation.

A group of 10 potato growers who represent all of the Association's growing areas make up the Board of Directors. In addition, six individuals are elected to serve on the Executive Committee, three from the Board, one from the Minnesota Potato Council, one from the North Dakota Potato Council, and one from the Potato Associates. These individuals work directly with a President who manages a staff of various professionals to carry out the Association's Mission. The Association also has several committees to deal with the many different areas of the potato production.

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Northern Food Grade Soybean Association

Northern Food Grade Soybean Association

The Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA) is a group of member companies that process and sell high quality, identity preserved non-GMO soybeans for food grade products both domestically and internationally. The NGFSA works to ensure that the region’s producers and industry members maintain their well-earned reputation for providing the world’s highest-quality food grade soybeans.

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Northern Canola Growers Association

Northern Canola Growers Association

The mission of the Northern Canola Growers Association is to promote and encourage the establishment and maintenance of conditions favorable to the production, marketing, processing, research, and use of canola; to promote efficient production through farmer education, public and private research, labeling and registration of crop protection products; to promote uniform seed and product standards; and to work to develop and implement agriculture policies that will enhance development of the industry.

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