Growers Get Creative: Popcorn Bags Promote Soybeans

The Pennington/Red Lake County Soybean-Corn Growers Association is supporting their county’s schools and promoting the use of soybean and corn products at the same time. The growers have donated approximately $4,000 worth of napkins and popcorn bags to the following schools and their facilities: Thief River Falls schools and their hockey arenas, Goodridge, Oklee, Plummer and Red Lake Falls and their hockey arena.

Pennington-Red Lake County Soybean-Corn Growers. From left to right: Garrett Novak, St. Hilaire; Daren Asp, Thief River Falls; Tom Scholin, Thief River Falls; Kevin Amiot, Red Lake Falls; and Kyle Mehrkens, Thief River Falls.

Pennington-Red Lake County Soybean-Corn Growers. From left to right: Garrett Novak, St. Hilaire; Daren Asp, Thief River Falls; Tom Scholin, Thief River Falls; Kevin Amiot, Red Lake Falls; and Kyle Mehrkens, Thief River Falls.

“This is one way to both support our local schools that are a vital part of community and promote the use of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol and biodiesel products at the same time,” said Kyle Mehrkens, president of the Pennington/Red Lake County Soybean-Corn Growers.

The theme on the napkins and popcorn bags is ‘The possibilities are endless when we use corn and soybeans’ and lists 18 ways in which soybean and corn are being used. The donation is intended to offset the cost of materials in the schools and help promote soybean and corn. The napkins and popcorn bags will be used at school functions throughout the year.

Each of the Pennington/Red Lake board members dropped off the donation to all the schools in their county.