Pre-registration deadline approaching for MN Ag EXPO

Free for Minnesota farmers to attend, MN Ag EXPO returns to the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato Jan. 23-24 with a packed trade show floor, educational sessions and networking opportunities. Avoid lines at the door and pre-register at now. Pre-registration before Friday, Jan. 11 ensures your meal tickets for the event. Online pre-registration will remain open after Friday, but meal tickets will no longer be guaranteed.

While you are pre-registering,

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Tax relief and conformity among legislative priorities during session

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

The 91st session for the Minnesota Legislature convened today. Even though some of the same policy challenges persist for Minnesota, there are new dynamics, faces and leadership as the legislative session gets underway.

Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan were inaugurated alongside other state constitutional officers—attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. Governor Mark Dayton served his last day as governor and is retiring after 40 years of public service.

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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,

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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.

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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,

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