AGREETT drives statewide ag innovation

In 2015, the Minnesota legislature established the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT) with a multi-year $5 million investment that would boost agricultural research at the University of Minnesota. Three years in, AGREETT has already made tremendous strides in its goal to achieve long-term sustainability in Minnesota agriculture.

Through AGREETT, the University of Minnesota has hired 21 faculty members in Extension and the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Food,

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MCGA Day on the Hill focuses on tax legislation, ag innovation

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) brought 16
grower leaders to the Minnesota State Capitol for its annual Day on the Hill
last week. The group met with Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner
Thom Petersen and more than 25 legislators, including key legislative
leadership and chairs of committees that are important for MCGA policy

In each meeting, growers stressed the importance of enacting
federal tax conformity through Section 179, and property tax relief for farmers
by increasing the Ag 2 School Credit.

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Deadline to apply for $5,000 MCGA scholarship is Friday

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is offering a
$5,000 scholarship
to two future agricultural leaders enrolled as a
full-time undergraduate student during the fall 2019 semester. The deadline to
apply for the scholarship is Friday at 4:30 p.m.

MCGA scholarship applicants must be a Young Adult member of
MCGA who is working toward a degree in an agriculture-related field.

The Young Adult membership, available to ages 16-24, was
launched last year for future agricultural leaders who would like to
participate in grassroots advocacy today.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Finding value in variable-rate nitrogen programs

Northfield farmer Sam Peterson joined the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program in 2017 to research the economic benefit of variable-rate nitrogen (VRN) programs. While Peterson and his dad, Bruce, had started embracing these programs, it was difficult to determine the return on their investment.

Peterson was familiar with the variety of VRN programs, all
of which tout the same benefits but use different methods to get there. With
that, he tested out three of the more prominent brands—Central Advantage’s
Nitrate Now,

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Pre-Harvest Marketing Plan Workshops begin March 6

University of Minnesota Extension is hosting three workshops
in March focused on best practices for writing a grain marketing plan.
Supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the workshops will cover
marketing skills that growers can use to increase gross revenue and profit
during tight margin conditions.

At each meeting, Extension specialists will work with grain
farmers and agri-business professionals to write a pre-harvest marketing plan.
Guidance will be provided on how to best review input costs,

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