About PPGC

PPGC is a farmer-led ingredients company.

We are working to grow the impact of Kernza® by empowering more farmers to plant it, and ensuring a high quality product for the brands that are ready to stand out.

A Little History

In 2021, Minnesota organic farmer Carmen Fernholz drafted the earliest plans for this new cooperative.  Engaging other farmers in his vision, a farmer-led steering committee was formed and the cooperative was launched.  Today the PPGC represents more than 30 farmers spread across eight states: Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Wyoming.

Kernza’s commercial launch is the result of an unprecedented coalition of land grant universities, farmers, research partners, processors, and CPG companies from 15 states and 10 countries, including leadership from The Land Institute and the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative.

A field of Kernza in Rock County, Wisconsin.

Carmen Fernholz

Luke Peterson

Kurt Kimber in a field of Kernza.

Kernza at golden hour in Buffalo, Minnesota.

Perennial Promise Board


Stan Vander Kooi

Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Board member & Operations Committee Chair

Whilden Hughes

Board Member

Kurt Kimber

Member at large

Elizabeth Candelario

Marketing Co-Manager

Ben Penner

Vice President

Anne Schwagerl


Jay Peterson

Board Member

Mark Rieland

Member at large & Governance Committee Chair

Marketing Co-Manager