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Lake Wilson farmer takes helm as president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Bryan Biegler is a fourth-generation farmer.

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Bryan Biegler became president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association board of directors on Monday. (Special to The Globe)

LAKE WILSON — Bryan Biegler became the 2021-22 president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Board of Directors on Monday. Biegler is a fourth-generation family farmer , growing corn and soybeans near Lake Wilson in Murray County. He took over the presidency from Courtland farmer Tim Waibel.

Biegler grew up on the Lake Wilson farm, which was started by his great-grandfather and subsequently operated by his grandfather and parents. He now runs the farm with his wife, Lauren. The couple has three kids.

The Bieglers have placed significant emphasis in implementing conservation practices on their farm. For the past decade, they have strip-tilled their land or refrained from tilling it at all. More recently, they have planted cover crops to prevent erosion and improve soil health and water quality.

An MCGA board member since 2016, Biegler has also served on the Murray County Corn & Soybean Growers Association Board of Directors and is involved with the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led soil-health research network run by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Currently, he is vice chair of the NCGA Stewardship Action Team and is a mentor with the Minnesota Soil Health Coalition.

In 2018, the Bieglers were named Murray County Farm Family of the Year by University of Minnesota Extension.

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In a statement, Biegler said he was excited for the new role. “ Corn is a vital part of the fabric of Minnesota’s family farms, rural and urban communities, and our state’s economy,” he said. “MCGA works hard to make sure we are a respected, present and trusted voice for the farmers we represent. I look forward to continuing to advocate for fellow farmers and stakeholders on topics that affect our state’s farmers and helping to lead the organization into the future serving in this role over the next year.”

Joining Biegler on the board’s leadership team is Richard Syverson, vice president; Dana Allen-Tully, treasurer; and Jim Kanten, secretary. Syverson, an MCGA board member since 2018, grows corn and soybeans and raises sheep with his wife and son in Pope County. Allen-Tully, an MCGA board member since 2019, runs a dairy and crop farm in Eyota with her parents and brother. Kanten, a board member since 2019, grows corn, soybeans and sugar beets on his family farm near Milan.

With more than 6,500 members, MCGA is one of the largest grassroots farm organizations in the U.S. Working in close partnership with the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, MCGA identifies and promotes opportunities for Minnesota’s 24,000 corn farmers while building connections with the non-farming public.

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