I’ve been shooting for Minnesota Corn Growers Association for about ten years now and always enjoy doing work for them. Typically they have me photographing agriculture, or farmers out in the field, but occasionally they’ll have me shoot one of their gatherings, such as their first Kernal Nation event at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota. Here, legislators, chamber of commerce members and others from the community came out to meet with area corn farmers and discuss agriculture today and its economic impact. This place uses grains grown right here in Minnesota to make vodkas, scotches, whiskeys and so on. It’s a very cool place, as you can see by the photos!
“This is the second year that the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has hosted Kernel Nation events, which are held to further develop relationships and make connections between greater Minnesota residents and the corn farming community. Last Wednesday, MCGA hosted their first Kernel Nation event of 2017 in Waconia at J. Carver Distillery.
The night kicked off with a social hour and welcome before the distillery tour and tasting, followed by dinner, drinks and closing remarks from MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr. Individuals in attendance ranged from local chamber of commerce members, local legislators and representatives to corn farmers, MCGA members and staff.
Topics of conversation throughout the night covered the economic impact of corn and its vast uses, as well as MCGA’s leadership role and ag-related policies in the news. Attendees were very interested in Minnesota corn farmers’ initiative to become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the United States. MCGA shared information on the farmer-led research through the Innovation Grant Program and highlighted corn growers’ investment in research that promotes sustainability and progress related to soil fertility, water quality and corn utilization.
Kernel Nation’s Waconia event allowed guests to bring up important discussion surrounding questions and information on corn farming and agriculture. Kernel Nation has one more event coming up shortly in Marshall on July 26.
A special thank you to our friends at J. Carver Distillery for hosting and providing great locally sourced spirits, along with our guests who came out to show support for Minnesota corn farmers.
Interested in learning more? Visit the KernelNation.com website for details.”