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Project ABE

Agriculture is currently the largest business industry segment across the South Central Minnesota Agricultural Region (SCMAR) with approximately $6.3 billion in sales annually. Spanning an economic continuum from production, processing, professional services, education, technology, research, manufacturing, transportation and more; a majority of businesses in the region are either part of ag’s value stream or indirectly impacted. The region boasts an extensive list of ag business concentration and industry dominance. To that end, GMG is partnering with ag businesses across South Central Minnesota and Northern Iowa to strategically build on and connect the region’s extensive ag business assets in order to develop and position the South Central Minnesota Agricultural Region as the premier ag business epicenter.







The Vision

The South Central Minnesota Agricultural Region will build on existing ag business prominence and maximize a growing economic marketplace in order to be the premier ag business epicenter in the United States - the most diverse, balanced and sustainable.

The Mission 

Project ABE (Ag Busines Epicenter) organizes and aligns the collective work of SCMAR stakeholders to promote investment in ag business and contribute to the shared vision.

The Principles

  • Promotion - increasing awareness of and enthusiasm toward the ag industry
  • Public Affairs - magnifying our voice, fostering an environment and garnering support conducive to ag development
  • Education - developing talent to grow ag business, from both resources inside and outside the region 
  • Development - supporting existing business growth and positioning our marketplace as a destination for ag related opportunities

The Goals

  • Promotion of Ag - developing tools for communicating and embracing the ag economy
  • Public Affairs - integrating agriculture with the economic and social community
  • Education - investing in ag programs and resources that will meet the demand for a talented workforce 
  • Economic Prosperity - using the potential of ag to fuel economic growth





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