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Mages of Belgrade elected to top post of state corn growers group

SHAKOPEE -- John Mages, of Belgrade, will serve as president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association for the coming year.

Mages, 54, was elected by the Corn Growers board of directors at its recent meeting to lead the grassroots, farmer organization.

"The single most important issue now facing farmers is what's going to happen to the next farm bill," said Mages, who grows corn and soybeans on his farm in Belgrade.

"What kind of protection will the farmer have if there is a collapse in prices or a collapse in yield? What kind of bill will help Middle America stay healthy -- we need a viable safety net that can be successfully maintained within current federal budgetary constraints."

Mages has been involved in leadership positions with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association for nearly six years, most recently serving as vice president for the organization.

Tom Haag of Eden Valley was elected vice president of the association. Ryan Buck of Goodhue will serve a second term as treasurer and Bruce Peterson of Northfield was elected as secretary.

Their terms began Oct. 1 and run through Sept. 30, 2012.

Based in Shakopee, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is one of the largest membership-based corn organizations in the country, with more than 6,000 members. The organization is dedicated to identifying and promoting opportunities for Minnesota's corn growers, while educating the non-farming public about the importance of agriculture.

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