Category: Advocacy + Education

MCGA launches first-ever statewide scholarship for future ag leaders

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to announce its first-ever statewide scholarship for college students aspiring to become future agricultural leaders.

MCGA will be offering two $5,000 scholarships to college students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the fall 2019 semester.

The statewide scholarship will supplement scholarships long offered through local county corn organizations. It will also give students who many not have access to a local county scholarship the opportunity to apply.

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Another successful MN Ag EXPO comes to a close

MN Ag EXPO returned to Mankato last week, once again featuring great exhibitors, unique learning opportunities and a productive Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting.

In the MCGA booth, a seven-foot tall video board shared the many ways the state’s corn growers are building a more sustainable future for fellow farmers and all Minnesotans. MCGA staff and grower leaders had a great time hosting attendees in the booth to discuss research, policy,

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MCGA returns to MN Ag EXPO with an exciting story to share

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will yet again have a large presence at MN Ag EXPO 2019, held in Mankato Jan. 23-24 at the Verizon Wireless Center. Located in booth 58, MCGA will be sharing how corn growers are investing in a more sustainable future for fellow farmers and all Minnesotans

Launched in 2017, the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative has continued to raise awareness around the vital role corn farming plays in the overall well-being of our state.

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Pre-registration deadline approaching for MN Ag EXPO

Free for Minnesota farmers to attend, MN Ag EXPO returns to the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato Jan. 23-24 with a packed trade show floor, educational sessions and networking opportunities. Avoid lines at the door and pre-register at now. Pre-registration before Friday, Jan. 11 ensures your meal tickets for the event. Online pre-registration will remain open after Friday, but meal tickets will no longer be guaranteed.

While you are pre-registering,

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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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Registration is open for MN Ag EXPO

One of the largest and best agricultural shows in Minnesota, MN Ag EXPO returns to Mankato Jan. 23-24. Hosted jointly by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, EXPO 2019 will feature an excellent list of exhibitors and an engaging lineup of speakers.

Minnesota corn and soybean farmers interested in attending are encouraged to register today at to avoid long lines at the door.

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Contact your legislators and ask they pass the farm bill now

Time is running out for Congress to pass a farm bill in 2018. With only a few joint legislative days left, farmers should call their congressional leaders and stress the need a for a new farm bill in 2018 to prevent major programs lapsing at the end of the year.

Through the end of the week, Minnesota’s corn growers are asked to join farmers nationwide in contacting their representatives and senators to stress the need for a new farm bill during times of economic uncertainty on the farm.

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Ag & Food Summit tackles top-of-mind topics for state’s corn growers

The Minnesota Ag & Food Summit, hosted by AgriGrowth, returned last week with a lineup of engaging speakers who tackled top-of-mind-topics for the state’s corn growers. The future farm economy, trade policy and the post-election landscape all took center stage in Minneapolis last Thursday.

Jason Henderson, who is an associate dean at Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, kicked off the conference with a presentation that underlined the importance of identifying areas of emerging demand.

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Gubernatorial candidate Johnson visits family corn farm in Cannon Falls

Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson visited the Cannon Falls farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association director Les Anderson on Saturday. The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative, which was launched to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming with candidates for elected office.

Saturday morning was a great opportunity to speak one-on-one with Johnson, who is currently a commissioner in Hennepin County. The dialogue between Anderson and Johnson focused on the issues impacting corn growers in the state and the opportunities ahead.

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First District Candidate Jim Hagedorn visits Al-Corn Clean Fuel

Running to represent Minnesota’s first congressional district, Jim Hagedorn visited Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont Thursday evening to discuss the importance of Minnesota’s ethanol industry for the state’s economy and its corn growers.

Organized through the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) worked with Al-Corn to invite Hagedorn to the newly expanded plant for a tour and discussion on issues impacting the state’s ethanol industry.

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