We at the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) are generating attention with our innovative efforts. Here’s why we think our path is beneficial to Minnesota farmers and might be a path others want to follow too.
U.S. seed is very much in demand internationally. Likewise, U.S. expertise is in demand too. Over the last few years, we’ve been building a reputation for being an education, outreach, and training resource for international seedsmen. It costs us little: the delegates come to us, we share our knowledge for a few hours, they continue their trip. Though these efforts don’t generate direct revenue, it’s important to remember that the seed industry is increasingly global. A sizeable number of seed grown and certified in Minnesota is destined for export markets. Our germplasm might be suited to perform in another region. If we build international relationships one handshake at a time, that can directly benefit Minnesota companies and Minnesota agriculture.