This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.
Working with his fellow farmers and staff, Minnesota farmer Brian Thalmann will bring passion and perspective as a member of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board. Thalmann values the positive impact agriculture has had on him personally, as well as the many ways in which corn-based products touch the lives of so many people every day.
If elected, Thalmann will place a high priority on bringing NCGA to the forefront of the many new and improved ideas for decreasing the environmental footprint of corn production while expanding current market opportunities. Brian also believes strongly in the importance of laying the foundation for a successful tomorrow by actively exploring the realm of possibilities for new products and markets that corn offers.
“NCGA is able to complement the work done in all of the states by keeping a larger perspective and scope to projects and initiatives. By bringing together the states’ talent and drive, NCGA can unite the corn farmers to achieve a common goal of building opportunities for farmers while responsibly caring for the environment.”
He believes that the Corn Board is most effective when every member brings a different and unique perspective to the table. Discussing the many facets of the issue at hand will lead to Corn Board decisions that are the best options for NCGA and the industry.
Thalmann farms 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans in south-central Minnesota. In addition to his traditional farming operation, he owns and operates a seed conditioning facility that cleans approximately 200,000 units of Stine soybeans every year.
You can view Thalmann’s Corn Board candidate video here.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.