2017
MGFA Annual Convention & Industry Trade Show

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MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

 MINNESOTA GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION

“The Voice of Minnesota Country Elevators and Feed Mills” 

 

     Mission Statement:

     To serve the agribusiness industry with integrity,

respect and innovation in its programs and services.

 

 

WHAT IS THE MINNESOTA GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION?

 

It is a voluntary, non-profit association, composed of competing grain elevator firms and other agribusinesses involved in the grain, feed, fertilizer and farm supply business.  The Minnesota Grain and Feed Association was established in 1907 to provide information, education and representation for an emerging country elevator industry, a function that still exists today.  The association services, programs and policies are directed by a nine member board of directors and several committees.  The association has grown to become one of the largest, most effective elevator and grain trade associations in the upper Midwest.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD BELONG

 

The Minnesota Grain and Feed Association (MGFA), through its development as an effective and reliable organization, holds an important key to the success and survival of your agribusiness and to the progressive development of our industry. On January 1, 2004 MGFA merged with the Northwest Agri Dealers Association, an agribusiness association based in MankatoMinnesota, possessing a similar mission.  Member firms, both past and present, have learned from experience, that they must join together for mutual protection. Members realize that individually, they do not have the time, money, or manpower to interpret the effect of laws and regulations, stay abreast of the constant changes in the industry, develop all the necessary industry contacts and resources in areas affecting their businesses, or adequately represent themselves.  The MGFA, through its pertinent and timely education, information and representation, effectively addresses the issues of the day.

 

As a member of the MGFA, you have an opportunity to be a part of an organization that is doing things for YOU:

  • Active Legislative And Regulatory Representation
  • Extensive Education and Training
  • Offering a Safety and Health Program
  • A Credit Management Program
  • A Long Distance Service Program
  • A Regulatory Compliance Program
  • An Annual Convention and Trade Show
  • Newsletters and Special Reports
  • Development of Trade Opportunities
  • A Warehouse and Buyer Bond Program
  • Insurance, Employee Benefits, Risk Management & Financial Services through Ahmann-Martin
  • Social and Special Events
  • Publisher of an Annual Directory (1 comp.)
  • Publisher of a Semi-Annual Magazine (comp.)
  • Industry Contacts
  • Opportunities for Growth and Involvement
  • Providing Public Relations
  • Supporting College Scholarships
  • Conducting Wage and Benefit Surveys
  • An Industry Information Source
  • Offering Informal Employment Referral Service
  • Access to Payroll Services and HR Support 

INSURANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT
The cost of insurance continues to be the main operational expense at an elevator or feed mill.  The MGFA (in-house) Agency has recently expanded its services to include property / casualty,employee benefits, risk management & financial services through a strategic alliance with Ahmann-Martin, a full service insurance agency. Contact Mike Korf or Scott Lyman at 952-947-9700 or visit www.ahmannmartin.com.
  

 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS & WIRELESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
In today's business economy, saving money and controlling costs is more important than ever.  To help, MGFA has partnered with a leading telecommunications management expert to provide our members the best in phone data and cellular communications programs. Contact us for details.

 

GRAIN WAREHOUSE BONDS
MGFA, through its in-house insurance agency (MGFA Agency), provides grain warehouse and grain buyer bonds for many elevators (underwritten by CNA Surety).  We have been providing bonds for elevators for over 80 years with 100% of the commission we receive going back to the members in the form of information, education and representation.  We would like you and your firm to consider placing your bond through MGFA.  Click here to learn more.

 

COLLECTION SERVICE
The older your receivables get, the less they’re worth.  Between 90 and 180 days, the value of past due receivables decreases ½% every day.  Don’t wait to collect what’s yours.  We have an accounts receivable management company that your Association recommends, Professional Systems (www.professionalsystems.com), and they have important information for you if you are holding onto old debts hoping to collect them yourself.

 

SAFETY & HEALTH PROGRAM
We have a comprehensive safety and health program that is designed to bring you up to basic compliance with existing regulations and keep you there.  You Can’t Afford to Compromise Safety!

 

SAFETY & HEALTH VIDEO LIBRARY
The Association has developed a Safety and Health Video Library containing “elevator specific” videos and related employee training materials that can be rented by Association members.  The videos cover an array of safety and health related topics and are excellent for supplementing mandatory employee training sessions.

 

PAYROLL SERVICES PROGRAM
The Association has established a relationship with ADP, Inc. (Automatic Data Processing, Inc.) for comprehensive payroll, tax, investment strategies & human resource services. For more information, please contact MGFA's ADP Representative, Scott Lyman by phone at 952-852-3860 or by e-mail at scott.lyman@adp.com.   

  

 

Won’t you please accept this invitation to join one of the largest, most effective elevator and grain trade associations in the Midwest? Be a part of a commitment to the advancement, protection and development of the common interests shared by the membership.
 
JOIN TODAY - YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID