The Minnesota Crop Improvement Association is one of the leading state agencies of its kind. “In many years, we are either number two or the number three in certified acres,” said Fawad Shah, president/CEO, MCIA. “North Dakota has more acres than Minnesota with respect to certified seed production. Between North Dakota, Oregon, and Minnesota, we are generall ranked second or third.” Last year’s wet spring cut into the number of certified seed acres in Minnesota. “There was delays in planting and such so it took away some of the small grain acres. in some areas, it was a little too late to plant.” After two years of virtual meetings, the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association is back with a face-to-face annual meeting. That will be held Thursday in Fergus Falls.