AgWater Exchange shares data on best management practices

(The bioreactor working to cull nitrates from drainage water)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A lot of important research is happening on the farm, but how is that information getting into the hands of farmers? One way information is being shared is via a blog called The AgWater Exchange.

The blog often features findings from Minnesota’s Discovery Farms, a group of farms where scientists are conducting research into nutrient and sediment loss.

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2017 Minnesota Session

Resolutions season is upon us

County corn organization directors received their pre-resolutions packet this week in preparation for upcoming meetings that will set the legislative priorities of the state’s 24,000 corn farmers.

Directors received packets this week that included the 2017 Resolutions Book, information for counties to select their allotted delegates, and a form for counties to submit resolutions prior to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Pre-Resolutions Session held Dec. 5 in Mankato.

Counties that would like to submit a resolution to MCGA that addresses a major issue affecting the state’s corn growers should do so by Nov.

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Mariah Larson

5 things I love about MCGA’s Internship

By Mariah Larson

It’s crazy to think that this time last year I had already submitted my application for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) 2017-2018 internship program, and was eagerly awaiting their response. As November rolls around, I realize I’ve reached the halfway mark of this internship, and I can easily attest that this has been the best opportunity I’ve had in college for career readiness!

With that in mind,

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U.S. Grains Council: Pace of NAFTA talks not unusual, but worth monitoring

The fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico ended earlier this month with little progress made in efforts to revamp the free trade agreement. The stalled negotiations have been a source of worry for farmers, who are understandably concerned about tariffs in a non-NAFTA world.

Not so fast, however, according to Thomas Sleight, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council.

Sleight said four rounds of negotiations with little progress is actually fairly normal in renegotiating a trade deal of this size.

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Co-op health plan offered to farmers, informational sessions scheduled

During the 2017 legislative session, the Legislature and Governor Mark Dayton approved a law that enabled farmers to form health care cooperatives to provide another option for farmers to help address rising health insurance premiums. The rule paved the way for 40 Square Cooperative Solutions to begin offering self-funded health plans to Minnesota farmers.

Farmers who are considered an “employer” with at least one common law employee and work in production agriculture are eligible.

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