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From food to fuel, there are more than 4,000 uses for corn across the world.

This year Culver’s restaurants added one more use to the list: thanking farmers.

The restaurant chain wouldn’t be what it is today without the hardworking farmers who grow the food that’s proudly served in its restaurants. That’s why Culver’s worked with farmers across the country to grow 19 larger-than-life “Thank You Farmers” mazes—including a sunflower maze in Florida—planting more than 5,360,000 seeds of gratitude for American farm families.

“Culver’s is passionate about creating ways to say thank you to farmers, letting them know that their hard work is appreciated,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager. “We’re excited that our guests across the nation can join us in showing gratitude by visiting these mazes.”

These mazes are part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, which recognizes the hard work and commitment of the farmers who produce wholesome food to feed our nation.

To date, the Thank You Farmers initiative has raised nearly one million dollars in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations.

Each maze design includes the Thank You Farmers message, as well as a variety of farm scene elements like cows and tractors.

Govin's Meat and Berries farm of Menomonie was selected as the Wisconsin representative for the Culver's corn maze. During the farm's reveal on its website www.govinsfarm.com/ - said they were 'honored to have the opportunity to work with Culver's and their "Thank you Farmers" program'.

Julie Govin says they have been creating elaborate corn mazes for guests since 2009. This year's 11-acre corn maze features the Thank You Farmers logo as well as a dairy barn and cow.

Govin says they were notified back in March that they had been selected to be a part of Culvers "Thank You Farmers" campaign.

"We were honored to be chosen and think it is great that a Wisconsin original like Culvers would choose us to help promote their campaign," Govin said.."It's wonderful that Culvers recognizes the importance of supporting American farmers and helps youth enter into the noble profession of agriculture. With the average farmer being a little more than 58 years old it is extremely important that young people are attracted to agriculture."

The maze is set to open to the public Sept. 24.

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