Two inducted into MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame

(Mark Johnson and Tom Williamson)

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) inducted two top MCGA recruiters to the MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame last month.

Tom Williamson, who farms in Todd County, and Mark Johnson, who farms in McLeod County, were honored for their long-term commitment to growing membership in MCGA. Both Williamson and Johnson have recruited for more than five years and combined to add more than 750 members to MCGA.

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Groundwater Protection Rule adoption delayed till after 2019 legislative session

In an Oct. 2 article, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) updated readers on a procedural decision involving the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule. At that time, the Office of Administrative Hearings issued an Order determining that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) had demonstrated the need for and reasonableness of most of the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule (also known as the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule).

The Order did determine a few portions of the proposed rule were defective and should be disapproved.

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The Soil Health Summit has something for all farmers

The Soil Health Summit comes to St. Louis Jan. 15-16, and for the first time in its history, it will be open to all farmers and the general public.

Organized by the Soil Health Partnership, the Soil Health Summit is for farmers who would like to benefit from high-energy education led by experts and peer networking with like-minded farmers focused on conservation.

Farmers are encouraged to register by Dec.

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Minnesota Corn celebrates ethanol infrastructure milestone

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) joined federal and state officials, as well as the American Lung Association and others from the renewable fuel industry to celebrate the success of the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) on Thursday. Since its implementation in 2015, the program has helped Minnesota become a national leader in ethanol infrastructure, recently surpassing 400 E85 stations and 300 stations selling 88 Octane fuel, also known as E15.

The celebration took place at a Plymouth Holiday gas station that received funding from the BIP program.

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Conservation Tillage Conference brings unique speakers, networking to Fargo

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Steve Groff, the Maryland farmer who worked with soils expert Dr. Ray Weil to develop the tillage radish, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Conservation Tillage Conference, held in Fargo, N.D, on Dec. 18-19.

With its ability to improve soil porosity, soil structure and water-holding capacity, the tillage radish is an emerging cover crop that has brought new excitement to the soil health and soil conservation movement in the Upper Midwest.

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