Category: Advocacy + Education

Another great Farmfest in the books for the state’s corn growers

Another great Farmfest wrapped up last Thursday, and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) tent was again a popular stop for the many attendees interested in learning more about the impact of the state’s corn growers.

Visitors to the tent learned about the many ways corn farmers and their families contribute to the economic well-being of the state through the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative. Part of that story was highlighting Minnesota corn farmers’ continued investment in upgraded fuel infrastructure to bring higher blends of ethanol to market and increase overall corn demand.

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‘Farmtastic Night’ brings the farm to the ballpark

The Kandiyohi County Corn and Soybean Growers Association decided late last year it would increase its efforts around engaging local youth to raise awareness of local agriculture. The pledge became reality last week when nearly 300 area kids attended “Farmtastic Night” with the Willmar Stingers.

Sponsored by the Kandiyohi County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, Farmtastic Night featured a fair of farm activities and information outside of Bill Taunton Stadium for attending families prior to the Stinger’s game Wednesday night.

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Twin Cities Road Crew brings corn-themed fun to the Aquatennial

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association partnered with Twin Cities Road Crew this summer to bring the corn-themed fun to metro area events. First up was the Aquatennial, which brings thousands to downtown Minneapolis for the official celebration of the city.

The Twin Cities Road Crew, along with Maizey, setup for the pre-fireworks Kid Zone earlier this month to share fun corn facts and the importance of Minnesota’s corn sector with attendees prior to the massive fireworks show.

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MCGA to share how “MN Corn Grows MN” at Farmfest

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) returns to Farmfest this year with both exciting new attractions and old favorites in Booth 702. Located at the corner of Seed Road and Seventh Street, MCGA will be sharing the vital role corn farmers play in the economic well-being of the state.

Last summer, MCGA launched the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative to share the key role our state’s corn farmers play in building a sustainable future for all Minnesotans,

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MCGA testifies on Groundwater Protection Rule; Comment period extended to Aug. 15

Administrative Law Judge hearings on the Groundwater Protection Rule began Monday in Farmington, and Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Kirby Hettver was on hand to provide testimony on behalf of the state’s corn growers.

Prior to Hettver’s testimony, officials announced the written comment period for the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule was extended until Aug. 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. For farmers who are unable to attend a hearing, the additional two weeks provides more time to submit written comments during the busy summer months.

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Meet Kenzie Barth, MCGA’s 2018-2019 intern

By Kenzie Barth, Minnesota Corn Growers Association 2018-2019 student intern

Hello! My name is Kenzie Barth, and I’m the 2018-2019 Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) student intern. I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, double majoring in plant science and agricultural communication & marketing. I’m from Upsala in Morrison County. On campus, I’m serving as the 2018-2019 CFANS Student Senator, and I’m involved with the Beta of Clovia sorority and the Gopher Crops and Soils Club.

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1 newly elected, 3 re-elected to MCR&PC

Duane Epland was newly elected to the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC), while Doug Albin, Myron (Mickey) Peterson and Scott Winslow were re-elected.

All positions are three-year terms. Epland, who farms in Emmons, will represent District 8. Albin, who farms in Clarkfield and represents District 1, 2 and 4, Peterson (Sacred Heart – District 3, 5 and 6) and Winslow (Fountain – District 9) will retain their position on the MCR&PC.

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Wrapping up my internship

(Mariah Larson (right) with MCGA Senior Policy Director Amanda Bilek during Corn Congress in Washington D.C.)

By Mariah Larson

After spending 12 months here with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), I am wrapping up my internship and reflecting on everything a year entailed.

As MCGA’s intern I’ve been involved with our office operations, annual events and communication projects. This covers everything from social media and public outreach,

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Hundreds attend workshops on helping farmers through stressful times

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) first-ever “Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times” workshop series recently concluded with more than 450 people from all professional backgrounds attending to learn more about how they can help farmers through stressful times.

Held at six different locations spanning the state, the goal with each session was to help rural area professionals recognize mental and emotional distress in the farming community and employ strategies that help farmers in stressful situations.

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Commodity Classic 2018 recap in pictures

Commodity Classic 2018 wrapped up last week in Anaheim. Held Feb. 26-Mar. 1, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention brought together representatives from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. While news surfaced about changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, Commodity Classic 2018 went on with numerous productive meetings and educational opportunities for corn growers.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was again well represented at Commodity Classic.

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