Category: Advocacy + Education

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 MNAgEXPO.com 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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Senate candidate Karin Housley visits corn farm to discuss issues impacting growers

U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley traveled to the farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) director Les Anderson on Monday morning. Housley, who currently serves in the Minnesota Senate representing District 39, spent the morning discussing issues impacting the state’s corn growers while enjoying a combine ride and a tour of the Cannon Falls farm.

Housley’s visit was organized as part of the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative, which was launched to bring candidates for elected office to family corn farms to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming in our state.

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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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