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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Major Mexican pork producer visits MN to explore adding DDGS in their rations

Granjas Carroll, the second-largest pork producer in Mexico, visited Minnesota last week to analyze re-introducing dried distillers’ grains (DDGS) into their rations. Hosted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the tour was an opportunity to demonstrate the cost-saving and nutritional benefits of DDGS.

Granjas Carroll came to the United States and Minnesota, specifically, to explore re-introducing DDGS into their pork rations after discontinuing their use 11 years ago due to flowability and economic concerns.

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Meet Tanner Sanborn, MCGA’s new district field manager

By Tanner Sanborn, Minnesota Corn Growers Association district field manager

My name is Tanner Sanborn and I am the new district field manager for southeastern Minnesota, otherwise known as Field District 5 (See the list below for my specific counties). I grew up on a farm outside of Mazeppa and have lived and worked in Southeast Minnesota for most of my life.

Agriculture has also been a big part of my life growing up and in my career to date.

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Former MCGA grower leader recognized as ethanol pioneer

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) presented its Grassroots Award this year to Dale Tolifson, a long-time Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) grower leader and founding member of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Cooperative (CVEC). The award was presented at this year’s ACE annual meeting in Minneapolis.

ACE uses its Grassroots Award to recognize those who work “behind the scenes” to advance the cause of ethanol. Tolifson, who farms in Benson,

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Scholarship awarded to young student changing how plastics are made

Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) Undergraduate Researcher Sarah Claessens is the recipient of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Summer Research Fellowship, awarded to a student who has helped advance CSP’s mission to transform how plastics are made.

Claessens, a senior at Gustavus Adolphus majoring in chemistry, received the $2,500 scholarship following her participating in CSP’s summer undergraduate research program. She applied to the program out of a longstanding interest in tackling plastic pollution.

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