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Applications being accepted to become a MCGA Agvocate

Applications are being accepted to become an Agvocate through the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Agvocates will receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used for qualified education expenses, and will develop leadership skills while receiving first-hand experience working on issues important to corn farmers and advocating for agriculture. Applicants must have strong written and verbal communications skills and be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year post-secondary education or training program. One-year terms begin in June 2014.

Applicants do not need to be corn farmers or come from a farm family to qualify. Applicants also do not need to be enrolled in an agriculture-related discipline. Anyone with an interest in corn farming and agriculture is encouraged to apply.

“This is a great opportunity for students to get real-world experience working on important issues related to corn farming and agriculture,” said Ryan Buck, MCGA president. “It’s also a great opportunity for MCGA to develop a new generation of leaders. Agvocates play a key role in building new connections with non-farmers, which is one of the main challenges farmers face today.”

Completed applications must be received by MCGA no later than April 18. Finalists will be interviewed and Agvocates will be chosen by May 23. Completed applications may be mailed to Cara Soper at 738 First Ave., Shakopee, MN 55379; emailed to; or faxed to (952) 233-0420. Soper may also be reached by phone at (952) 233-0333.

The Agvocate program is entering its fifth year and is one of many initiatives supported by Minnesota’s corn farmers to develop the next generation of ag leaders. To learn more about becoming an Agvocate, and to learn more about MCGA, visit or follow @mncorn on Twitter.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lake Superior School District board of education and high school sports in Lake County. 

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