Market Facilitation Program now open for recipients of trade aid

As of Tuesday, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP) is providing direct payments to farmers who have been negatively impacted by recently imposed foreign tariffs. To ensure a smooth application process, all producers are encouraged to follow a few recommendations.

MFP sign-up began on Sept. 4, with farmers having until Jan. 15 to apply for payment. The September timeframe was intended for pork and dairy producers who qualify for aid, with crop producers applying later in the fall after harvest to spread out requests and not overload county offices.

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Soil Health Partnership hires new executive director

The Soil Health Partnership has hired Shefali Mehta, an agricultural and environmental economist, as its new executive director. Mehta takes over the long-term data intiative that measures and quantifies the impact of farm management practices known to promote healthy soils at a paramount time in the organization’s growth.

“I was drawn to the data component of this effort because I strongly believe using data fully and thoughtfully allows us to make better decisions,” Mehta said.

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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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