The Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (MFVGA) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting Minnesota's fruit and vegetable growers and related agri-businesses.
The Minnesota Vegetable Growers was formed in 1952 to encourage and improve vegetable production and marketing in Minnesota, to provide educational opportunities for growers, to cooperate with educational institutions to further research, and to promote and advance the vegetable industry.
In 1984, the association changed its name to the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the educational emphasis expanded to include both fruits and vegetables. The Minnesota Berry Growers Association officially merged with MFVGA in 1992.
What We Do…
MFVGA seeks to encourage and improve fruit and vegetable production and marketing through sponsorship of a variety of educational opportunities, the MFVGA Newsletter, sponsorship of vegetable and small fruit research, cooperative efforts with state and federal institutions, and the coordination of group purchases of berry plants and produce bags.
The Upper Midwest Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show is held each winter in cooperation with the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. We have recently enjoyed adding the USDA - Risk Management Agency as one of our partners. Topics at the annual conference include vegetable production, small fruit production, marketing and much more. Each year's program offers a variety of topics designed to be of interest to large and small growers.
In 2005, we added a Beginning Grower Workshop to give expanded opportunities for beginning grower education.
The annual Trade Show, held in conjunction with the Upper Midwest Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference, features a variety of vendors showcasing the latest in equipment, seed, tools and more.
The MFVGA Newsletter is published five times each year and includes information on growing practices, changing laws, regulations, marketing and product promotion, educational opportunities, risk management strategies and much more.
MFVGA sponsors an annual summer tour and picnic that allows growers to see research dollars at work while socializing with other growers.
In 2003, MFVGA was instrumental in obtaining a Section 24(c), Special Local Needs Registration, for Stinger use on strawberries in Minnesota to control thistle and other labeled weeds.
Recent partnership agreements with the USDA - Risk Management Agency and the RMA Community Outreach & Assistance Partnership Program have allowed MFVGA to help fund several projects and resources including:
- The Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable IPM News, a cooperative project by the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
- The Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Manual for the Beginning Grower was updated and expanded by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
- The Minnesota High Tunnel Production Manual for Commercial Growers was developed by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
- An on-line Vegetable Diagnostics Tool has been developed by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
- The Nutrient Management for Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Crops in Minnesota Bulletin has been updated by the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences and the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
MFVGA has sponsored several research projects in cooperation with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and others.
Cooperative Efforts with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture include:
- Minnesota Grown Promotions
- Local Promotional Campaigns
- Minnesota State Fair Booth (Horticulture Building)
MFVGA coordinates group purchases of strawberry and raspberry plants and the Minnesota Grown produce bags.
MFVGA works for Minnesota's large and small fruit and vegetable growers by increasing the awareness of the high quality and availability of Minnesota Grown fruits and vegetables.