MCR&PC member added to U.S. Grains Council board of directors

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council member Chad Willis was recently elected to the U.S. Grains Council board of directors, where he will help direct strategies that develop new trade markets.

Willis was elected at the Council’s latest meeting, which took place in Vancouver, Wash. Willis, who has been a U.S. Grains Council representative since 2013, looks forward to representing the interests of Minnesota corn growers and help develop relationships with potential trade partners.

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Minnesota Harvest

Innovation Grant Spotlight: Brad Nere

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.

Following a winter and spring in 2015 that brought some of the worst wind erosion in years, Brad Nere became a believer in conservation practices on his farm in Renville County.

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Introducing Cara Soukup: A Familiar Face to MN Corn and your new District Field Manager

After 4 ½ years with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), I’m pleased to announce my new role with the organization as the District Field Manager for Territory 3. I will be serving the counties in east central Minnesota surrounding the metro area (see list of counties below). In addition, I will continue to manage MCGA’s Variety Plot Program.

In my previous role as field coordinator, I managed MCGA’s regional representative program and worked closely with our 52 affiliated county organizations.

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Kids Learn about One A-Maize-ing Little Kernel

By Mariah Larson

Last week the first of four 2017 Farm Camps kicked off at Farmamerica near Waseca where several commodity groups came out to share information with youth from across the state about modern agriculture. As a first time attendee myself, I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to talk to campers about Minnesota’s “A-Maize-ing Little Kernel.”

This year the four camps are spread throughout the central part of the state,

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draft Nitrogen Rule

Comment period for draft fertilizer rule ends Aug. 25

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is requesting input from the farming community on the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, which would limit fertilizer application in vulnerable groundwater areas and implement a process for mitigation where high concentrations of nitrates are found in groundwater.

Until Aug. 25, individual farmers are encouraged to submit comments on the first draft of the rule in an effort to help MDA formulate a final rule that limits nitrate pollution,

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