Category: Advocacy + Education

Minnesota Corn in the news

From co-hosting Tuesday’s Greater Minnesota Gubernatorial Debate to President Trump’s long-awaited announcement on year-round E15 sales, it has been a busy week in the corn world, and the media have taken notice. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders have had an opportunity to participate in a number of interviews with Minnesota print, radio and television outlets.

Here is a quick rundown of where you may have noticed MCGA in the news:

On Tuesday,

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National Farm Safety and Health Week brings important pre-harvest message

This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week—an annual reminder for the nation’s farmers to take time prior to harvest to ensure the proper precautions are taken on the farm to keep operators safe. The University of Minnesota’s Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety (UMASH) is one of many organizations nationwide helping spread the word about this important week.

2018 National Farm Safety and Health Week has daily themes that focus on potential areas of danger for farmers.

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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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Former MCGA grower leader recognized as ethanol pioneer

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) presented its Grassroots Award this year to Dale Tolifson, a long-time Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) grower leader and founding member of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Cooperative (CVEC). The award was presented at this year’s ACE annual meeting in Minneapolis.

ACE uses its Grassroots Award to recognize those who work “behind the scenes” to advance the cause of ethanol. Tolifson, who farms in Benson,

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Corn and photosynthesis at Farm Camp

By Kenzie Barth, Minnesota Corn Growers Association intern

This week, District Field Manager Cara Soukup and I went to Farm Camp! August 13th and 14th we were at FarmAmerica in Waseca, and on the 16th we went to Wolf Creek Dairy in Dundas. Farm Camp is an opportunity for students in grades 3 – 6 to learn about agriculture from a range of commodity groups. It was my first time at Farm Camp and I had a great time teaching campers about corn!

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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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