CommonGround unites women in ag, metro moms for night of cooking and conversation

CommonGround Minnesota once again partnered with Twin Cities Moms Blog for an evening of cooking and conversation with women in agriculture and Twin Cities metro moms. The event, held at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul, was an opportunity to connect with an influential metro audience to discuss modern farming and food production.

The sold-out event began with a meet-and-greet between CommonGround volunteers, who traveled to the Twin Cities from farms and rural communities located across Greater Minnesota,

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Workshops teach skills to help farm youth experiencing stress

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be holding workshops this July that will provide rural professionals with the tools to help farm youth experiencing stress. The free, three hour workshop will be held in Willmar on July 22 and Detroit Lakes July 25.

As the challenges facing the farm economy continue to impact Greater Minnesota, the workshops will be an opportunity for rural residents who routinely engage with school-aged children to develop the knowledge and skills to understand and support rural youth impacted by on-farm stress.

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Groundwater Protection Rule now official

The final Groundwater Protection Rule was published Monday, June 24th in the State Register, finalizing a rule regulating nitrogen application in vulnerable groundwater areas. While the rule is now effective, farmers will have some time before regulatory action will occur.

For a refresher on the Groundwater Protection Rule: The rule contains two parts. Farmers may be subject to one part of the rule, both, or none at all, depending on your geographic location:

  • Part 1: Fall application of nitrogen is restricted if you farm is located in 1 ) an vulnerable groundwater area (click here for a map) where at least 50 percent or more of a quarter section is designated as vulnerable or 2) protection areas around a public well,
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Minnesota Corn partners with policy podcast, Beers with Blois

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association partnered with a new podcast titled “Beers with Blois,” hosted by Fluence Media founder Blois Olson. In each episode, Olson hosts candid conversations with Minnesota political leaders.

Guests to date have included Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Sen. Tom Bakk, Rep. Kurt Daudt and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

As a supporter of the podcast, MCGA is featured at the start of each podcast,

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MDA Trade Impact mission brings Colombia, Peru into focus

Colombian consumers have an appetite for corn-fed American beef.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Citizens of Colombia and Peru have been buying more American farm products every year for at least the past seven years. A recent Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Trade Impact Mission brought representatives of the corn, beef, pork, poultry and soybean industries to meet the wholesale and feed industry people in these important markets.

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