Science of Ag Challenge highlights next generation of ag leaders

(From the left) Haley Mouser, Theresa Gustafson and Lily Krona talk about their project with Minnesota State 4-H Director, Dr. Jennifer Skuza

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

They call themselves “Team Future Generation” because they are on a mission to spark talented young people like themselves to join the agriculture industry they love.

Haley Mouser, Theresa Gustafson and Lily Krona are farm kids and 4-H’ers from the Bemidji area.

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Legislative Update: Remaining bills impacting corn farmers

By Amanda Bilek, senior public policy director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Although a couple of weeks have passed since the conclusion of the regular and first special session for the 91st legislature, we wanted to update our readers with some information on policy and program initiatives included in transportation, environment and health and human services budget bills. You can read previous updates on the agriculture finance bill here and the tax bill here.

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Potential growth opportunities for American farm exports

President Dan Halstrom addresses USMEF members at the organization’s Spring Conference Meeting in Kansas City.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Tim Waibel, a Minnesota Corn Growers Association board member and a farmer in Courtland, heard about the latest developments in trade, updates on African Swine Fever, and more at the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Spring Conference in Kansas City.

Waibel and his family raise hogs,

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Cover crops a popular option for prevent plant fields; what to know

Many Minnesota farmers have been forced to take a prevented plant designation on acres left unseeded due to what was a terrible spring. After taking prevent plant, farmers are faced with the decision of what to do with fields sitting on the sidelines for 2019.

After speaking with their crop insurance consultant, many farmers are turning to cover crops to protect their soil over the growing season.

Axel Garcia y Garcia is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center who researches cover crop implementation.

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Register today for the CommonGround Workshop, set for June 17-18

CommonGround Minnesota’s annual workshop returns June 17-18 in St. Paul with an excellent agenda designed to help attendees grow as agriculture advocates.

The event is open to Minnesota women in agriculture who are interested in learning more about the CommonGround program and gaining valuable insights from a great line-up of speakers.

The 2019 workshop begins the afternoon of June 17 with two focus groups, one made up of moms from the Twin Cities metro and the other group consisting of ‘foodies’ from the Twin Cities area.

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