Nitrogen fertilizer application

Nitrogen Smart builds on nitrogen management offerings in fourth year

University of Minnesota Extension’s Nitrogen Smart returns later this month with seminars scheduled across Minnesota farm country focused on the fundamentals of nitrogen management. Now in its fourth year, the program has expanded on its acclaimed curriculum to offer online and advanced education options.

Nitrogen Smart’s research-based education on nitrogen management returns Jan. 28 in Rochester, with dates following in Waseca, St. Cloud and Lamberton (full schedule below). More than 700 farmers have attended Nitrogen Smart sessions to date,

Read more >

Petersen announced as next Commissioner of Agriculture

Governor-elect Tim Walz announced the appointment of Thom Petersen as the next Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture earlier today. Currently government relations director for Minnesota Farmers Union, Petersen will succeed Dave Frederickson, who was appointed commissioner by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011.

Following today’s announcement, Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Brian Thalmann released the following statement:

“The state’s corn growers would like to congratulate Thom Petersen on his appointment to commissioner of agriculture.

Read more >

The most-read stories from 2018

While it brought its fair share of challenges, 2018 will also be remembered as a year when the power of grassroots outreach took center stage. The most-read stories from last year include a number of moments when corn growers made their voice heard on both the state and federal level.

Here are the eight most-popular posts from the MCGA blog in 2018:

  1. MCGA, WCCO Radio to co-host Greater Minnesota Gubernatorial Debate: The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) partnered with WCCO Radio and Minnesota AgriGrowth to host the Greater Minnesota Debate,

Read more >

Two inducted into MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame

(Mark Johnson and Tom Williamson)

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) inducted two top MCGA recruiters to the MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame last month.

Tom Williamson, who farms in Todd County, and Mark Johnson, who farms in McLeod County, were honored for their long-term commitment to growing membership in MCGA. Both Williamson and Johnson have recruited for more than five years and combined to add more than 750 members to MCGA.

Read more >

Groundwater Protection Rule adoption delayed till after 2019 legislative session

In an Oct. 2 article, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) updated readers on a procedural decision involving the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule. At that time, the Office of Administrative Hearings issued an Order determining that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) had demonstrated the need for and reasonableness of most of the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule (also known as the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule).

The Order did determine a few portions of the proposed rule were defective and should be disapproved.

Read more >