Innovation Grant Spotlight: Brian Ryberg

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 have been highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality.

There was a time when Brian Ryberg tilled the land on his Buffalo Lake farm until the soil was solid black prior to another season of corn-on-corn planting.

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What’s next for the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule

Throughout August, the farming community submitted comments to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) on the latest draft of the 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.

By the end of the comment period, more than 800 total comments were submitted to MDA on the current draft of the rule. Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) farmer leaders submitted comments on behalf of the organization,

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Minnesota corn farm-Summer 2016

Innovation Grant Program returns for 2018

Minnesota corn farmers will once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) Innovation Grant Program. Proposals on how to reduce nitrate loss, improve soil health, and protect water quality are being accepted through Dec.15, 2017.

MCGA, working alongside the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC), is offering a total of $300,000 in Innovation Grants to any Minnesota corn farmer seeking to test or develop an innovative or best practice in the following areas:

  • Nitrate loss reduction
  • Improved nitrogen management practices for Minnesota soils
  • Maintaining or improving water quality
  • Innovative soil conservation practices
  • Comparing and contrasting the measurable values of large data set decision tools

In 2017,

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South Korea corn purchasers tour all things Minnesota corn

Minnesota has been a popular summer destination for countries interested in developing new trade partners for grain. Last week, six corn purchase committee leaders from South Korea made their way through southern Minnesota corn operations, including farms, a grain inspection facility and a co-op.

By visiting the different stops along the journey for field corn, the South Korean representatives were able to see the process that leads to a high quality product. The group started on Lyle Rollag’s farm in Beaver Creek,

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Foodies and farmers meet in Mazeppa for Field-to-Fork dinner

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A dining table seating fifty at the crest of a hilly meadow was the perfect setting to discuss food on a mid-August evening in Mazeppa.

The event was a “Field-To-Fork” dinner, hosted by CommonGround Minnesota and farmers Katie and Ted Brenny, who raise beef cattle. Both Katie and Ted are fifth generation farmers.

Field-to-Fork dinners are organized each year by CommonGround,

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