MCGA president joins state officials in Cuba trade mission

Last week Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle joined state officials and agricultural leaders in a trade mission to Cuba in an effort to develop the country as a market for corn exports. For Minnesota-grown corn, the trip was hopefully the beginning of many conversations to develop a trade relationship for the commodity.

Wolle, along with Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, State Senator Julie Rosen and other representatives from ag commodity groups,

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Innovation grants from MCGA

Innovation Grant Spotlight: Jason Louks

The 2017 Innovation Grant Program is well underway, with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) investing more than $250,000 in 23 farmer-led projects focused on conservation. Throughout the summer we will be highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality.

Previously we looked at the work of Brian Ahrens, who took a new approach to nitrogen application. Next up is Jason Louks, who combined his application of fertilizer with a new approach to applying fungicide – all at a variable rate.

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4-H bringing sustainable science to young ages

Starting this year, the 4-H Polymers program will be available to K-2 classrooms nationwide, introducing science in a way that piques curiosity for kids of all ages. This initiative is the result of combining the educational outreach of  4-H with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP), which conducts research to create plastics derived from renewable resources.

The curriculum, titled “Be a 4-H Scientist!  Materials in a Green, Clean World,” focuses on concepts like materials,

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Live video trends create unique ag opportunity

Written by Mariah Larson

Tuesday morning the women of CommonGround Minnesota hosted their annual workshop, and one guest speaker included Erica Hanna, Owner of Puke Rainbows Creative, an Emmy-winning creator of strategic content. She spent time sharing her insight and advice regarding do’s and don’ts for the attention-catching trend of live video streaming.

Our world is becoming increasingly digital. As a result, between news outlets, sharing and social media,

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CommonGround ‘Field To Fork’ farm dinner continues the food conversation

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Foodies and farmers got together Tuesday night at a dairy farm in Dundas and found out they have a lot in common—starting with a passion for food.

Organized by CommonGround Minnesota, Field-To-Fork events like this bring together farmers and foodies for a tour of a farm and a sit-down dinner in a unique and relaxed setting. Throughout the evening, guests were joined by a dozen farm women who have taken their passion for farming one step further by volunteering with CommonGround.

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