AS THE WORLD-CLASS FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS EPICENTER
Tell us about GreenSeam, the region. How is it becoming the world-class food and agribusiness epicenter?
We have it all here: the business diversity and strength. There are over 1,000 ag-related business in our region and they cover a number of industries, from protein to soybean processing, from small family farms to Fortune 500 companies. It is pretty amazing what we have done and can continue doing here as we build out the full supply chain and drive innovation. Spanning southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, GreenSeam is a region worth investing in.
What would you say is unique about the region?
The diversity of agriculture is GreenSeam’s biggest strength. There is focus on protein processing, renewable energy, as well as technology and science, especially in the swine industry. There are 17 ethanol plants in the GreenSeam, producing 1.4 – 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol a year. Even tractor manufacturing has found its home in the GreenSeam region. You can also have a wonderful life in the GreenSeam, as it is a great place to raise a family and grow a career. The region offers top-notch schools, our communities are safe, and there are endless opportunities for those who enjoy spending their time outdoors.
How does GreenSeam shape the future of agriculture, businesses, and communities in the region?
GreenSeam, the organization, is an irreplaceable connector for existing businesses and potential investors. It is the key to unlock the people, businesses, and communities that support the innovation and growth of the next generation agribusiness leaders.
What brings you, as well as Compeer Financial, to the GreenSeam table?
A very important piece for the future of Compeer Financial is a thriving region and being part of GreenSeam is the best way to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. GreenSeam is driving the long-term resilience of our small towns and rural landscapes.
Mark Greenwood has been engaged with GreenSeam since its inception and currently serves on its Board of Governors. Mark was born and raised on a farm in southern Minnesota and has been involved in agriculture his entire business career. Besides his role as Chief Diversified Markets Officer at Compeer Financial, Mark is a member of National Pork Producers, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Association, and GreenSeam Business Group. He has had multiple opportunities to travel across the world and speak about the success of agriculture and the supply chain in the GreenSeam region.
Chief Diversified Markets Officer