Brian Thalmann

MCGA elects president, officers for 2018-2019

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors elected Brian Thalmann as its president for 2018-2019. Thalmann is a fifth-generation farmer from Plato who grows corn and soybeans. He was elected to the MCGA board in 2012.

Les Anderson, who farms in Cannon Falls, was elected vice president. Courtland farmer Tim Waibel was elected treasurer, and Bryan Biegler, who farms in Lake Wilson, was elected secretary.

All will begin their one-year terms on Oct.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Maximizing the potential of sulfur

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The 2018 Innovation Grant Program is underway, with 12 farmers receiving grants from Minnesota corn to lead projects focused on nitrogen management. Throughout the summer we will be highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality. To learn more about each completed and ongoing project, click here.

While lots of attention gets paid to nitrogen as the most immediate limiting nutrient in the corn plant’s development,

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Market Facilitation Program now open for recipients of trade aid

As of Tuesday, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP) is providing direct payments to farmers who have been negatively impacted by recently imposed foreign tariffs. To ensure a smooth application process, all producers are encouraged to follow a few recommendations.

MFP sign-up began on Sept. 4, with farmers having until Jan. 15 to apply for payment. The September timeframe was intended for pork and dairy producers who qualify for aid, with crop producers applying later in the fall after harvest to spread out requests and not overload county offices.

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Soil Health Partnership hires new executive director

The Soil Health Partnership has hired Shefali Mehta, an agricultural and environmental economist, as its new executive director. Mehta takes over the long-term data intiative that measures and quantifies the impact of farm management practices known to promote healthy soils at a paramount time in the organization’s growth.

“I was drawn to the data component of this effort because I strongly believe using data fully and thoughtfully allows us to make better decisions,” Mehta said.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Underground irrigation produces high yields

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The 2018 Innovation Grant Program is underway, with 12 farmers receiving grants from Minnesota corn to lead projects focused on nitrogen management. Throughout the summer we will be highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality. To learn more about each completed and ongoing project, click here. For more details and to submit a proposal for a 2019 Innovation Grant, 

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