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.
What We Do
We are a farmer-owned and farmer-led cooperative 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.
Why We Do It
Our membership has a shared vision of farmer collaboration, economic and social revitalization of rural landscapes, and the perennialization of degrading croplands.