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(Jefferson City) – Corn farmers, board members, industry representatives and guests from across the state gathered in Jefferson City on Tuesday for the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting and lobby day.

The morning kicked off at the Capitol Plaza Hotel with MCGA’s annual business meeting. Members elected Matt Lambert of Brookfield, Mo., to the MCGA board of directors to represent District 2 growers in north central Missouri. Kurtis Gregory of Marshall, Mo., was also elected to represent central Missouri growers in District 5. Three board members were reelected: Kevin Hurst in District 1 in northwest Missouri; Mark Scott of District 6 representing the east-central region; and John Moreton of District 7 in southeast Missouri.

Following the annual meeting and luncheon, growers visited the State Capitol to encourage legislators to allow the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) in Missouri and highlight the importance of corn and ethanol production in the state’s economy.

Members also took the opportunity to honor industry supporters for their contributions to the association during a recognition dinner. Congressman Jason Smith, among others, was awarded the Friend of Corn Growers Award for his work for farmer’s rights.

The Missouri Corn Growers Association is a membership organization of farmers dedicated to growing and defending the corn industry.

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