Students: Here's why you should apply to become a MCGA "Agvocate"

Applications are being accepted through April 18 to become an “Agvocate” for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Agvocates receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used for qualified education expenses, and will develop leadership skills while receiving first-hand experience working on issues important to corn farmers and advocating for agriculture.

For more details, including application materials, click here.

If you’re enrolled in a two- or four-year post secondary education or training program,

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Minnesota corn farmers featured in recent media stories

A couple of Minnesota corn farmers were recently featured Corn & Soybean Digest and in the AgStar Today publication.

Bruce Peterson farms in Northfield and is the vice president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Corn and Soybean Digest asked Bruce what practiced has improved his return on investment. Bruce talked about both the environmental and potential yield benefits of split-applying nitrogen.

It’s hard to do side-by-side yield comparisons of all preplant versus split applications.

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Calling out the "Free Corn Coalition"

free cornNational Corn Growers Association president Martin Barbre has called out ethanol opponents in the livestock and poultry sector for recently signing a letter supporting EPA’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Barbre writes:

It is one thing to complain about the price of corn when it is $8 per bushel, as it came close to doing in the late summer of 2012, when the drought reduced the corn supply by four billion bushels.

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Corn prices are down, food prices are up

One of the main talking points of the anti-ethanol crowd centers on the myth that using corn for ethanol drives up corn prices and makes our food more expensive.

A recent story in the Wall St. Journal noted that federal forecasters estimate retail food prices will rise as much as 3.5 percent this year. Those prices are going up despite the fact that we’re continuing to produce a lot of ethanol,

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Dietitian responds to anti-GMO story in Rochester Post Bulletin

The Rochester Post Bulletin had a story in its March 3 edition that contained several nuggets of misinformation about biotechnology and genetically modified foods (GMOs) from the story’s subject, Jeff Litterell. A few examples:

  • According to Littrell, those genetic changes in foods make them less nutritious and can lead to illnesses in people who consume them.
  • There are no studies over 90 days that show the safety of GMOs.

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