Category: Advocacy + Education

Corn Views: Farmers are taking leadership role on water quality issue

Written by Noah Hultgren
Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

A statewide editorial that appeared in ECM publications the week of June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population.

And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants, farmers are already playing an important leadership role.

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What I learned from an organic farmer

Written by Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke, Minnesota Corn Growers Association intern

Organic farming gets a lot of attention, both good and bad. As someone who comes from a traditional farming background with genetically modified crops and pesticides, I am usually quick on the defensive when it comes to a discussion around organics.

My eyes were opened by Carolyn Olson and Emily Zweber at the CommonGround volunteer training on June 24, at the Minnesota Corn office in Shakopee.

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9 reasons you should attend "Tasseldega Nights" at Deer Creek Speedway on Saturday

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is sponsoring “Tasseldega Nights” at Deer Creek Speedway this Saturday, July 16. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.

Thinking about going but aren’t quite sure if you should? Here are the top 9 reasons why you should take the plunge and head out to “Tasseldega Nights” this Saturday:

  1. It’s free. Yes, FREE! Minnesota’s corn farmers are covering your admission.

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Minnesota farmer running for the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board

Tom Haag, a family farmer near Eden Valley, Minn., and Past President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), is running for a seat on the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Board.

Haag is a fourth-generation farmer and currently farms with his son, Nathan. He currently serves on NCGA’s Research and Business Development action team and previously served on the Grower Services team. In Minnesota, Haag chairs MCGA’s Government Relations committee. He served as MCGA President in 2012-13.

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Storms didn't slow down Kernel Nation in Albert Lea; Willmar is up next

Heavy afternoon rains, and even a little bit of flooding in the area, didn’t stop hundreds of people from having a good time at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) inaugural Kernel Nation event in Albert Lea last week.

The event was such a hit that MCGA is bringing Kernel Nation to Willmar this Thursday. Full details can be found at KernelNation.com.

Kernel Nation in Albert Lea featured an afternoon of family fun,

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Innovation on display at Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge

The next generation of agricultural innovators were on full display at last week’s Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.

A total of 14 teams participated in this year’s Challenge, which is a first-of-its-kind program created by the University of Minnesota Extension that encourages teams of youth to develop solutions to common problems facing today’s farmers. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is a proud supporter of the Challenge.

First place went to The Hot Shots from Dakota County for a project titled “Infiniheat.”

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How to "agvocate" for agriculture: A quick guide from a former Dairy Princess

Written by Nicole Krumrie

While I was serving as a dairy princess, my main objective was to talk to consumers about what I was doing on my farm. These experiences were very beneficial as I was able to meet people throughout the state of Minnesota and share my unique farming story with them. I was able to provide them with information on how I cared for the animals I was working with,

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Citizens of Albert Lea: Kernel Nation is coming on June 30

Who: Minnesota’s corn farmers

What: Kernel Nation

Where: Edgewater Park in Albert Lea; several fueling stations in Albert Lea

When: 3-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Why: Because we all enjoy a farm-themed good time as part of Kernel Nation.

Minnesota’s corn farmers are bringing a piece of the farm to Edgewater Park in Albert Lea as part of its inaugural Kernel Nation event on June 30.

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Raising the next generation of ag innovators: The Minnesota 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

What fires up a kid’s curiosity?

What transforms a student into a lifelong learner?

Turns out it can be the same experiences that mold a young person into a “marketable, competitive job seeker, who can find a place in the agriculture sector — there are 60,000 jobs a year that need to be filled,” says Joshua Rice, the Science of Agriculture specialist with the Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development.

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Next generation of Taiwan swine producers visits Minnesota corn farm, ethanol plant

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Taiwanese swine producers, government officials, researchers and association representatives got a firsthand look at Minnesota corn farming and ethanol production on Tuesday.

Harold Wolle, a fifth-generation family farmer and First Vice President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), hosted the group at his family’s corn and soybean farm near St. James. Harold and his son Matthew answered the team’s questions related to marketing, quality,

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