Category: Advocacy + Education

Minnesota Corn Growers Association selects 2016-17 student interns

Two University of Minnesota students will have an opportunity to further develop their agriculture leadership skills by serving as interns with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). This is the first time MCGA has offered an official internship program.

Over the next year, Nicole Krumrie and Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers while gaining practical and hands-on experiences in Minnesota agriculture through educational and outreach programs, communications, and member engagement.

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Minnesota Corn Growers highlight 2015 activities at the county level

From scholarships to flex-fuel promotions and billboards to field days – the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) county affiliates had a big year in 2015. MCGA’s state office in Shakopee works closely with 52 local county affiliates to promote corn farming, homegrown ethanol and other agriculture-related activities in communities throughout Minnesota.

For example, 23 counties provided more than $60,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Local MCGA affiliates were represented in 87 area parades,

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Commodity Classic draws largest crowd ever down to the Big Easy

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Better farm prices are right around the corner and farmers, the eternal optimists, want to be ready.

So this year, at Commodity Classic — the annual gathering of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers — for the first time ever included the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, who brought an expanded trade show exhibition.

“You could spend a whole day and not get through it — it was maybe one-third bigger than previous trade shows,

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Corn Growers renew partnerships with Minnesota Twins and Saints

With spring training in full swing and planting season right around the corner, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is gearing up for another summer of outreach and promotions at Target Field and CHS Field.

The foul poles at CHS Field — the sparkling new home of the St. Paul Saints — will once again feature a corn-themed design that merges our state’s passion for baseball and appreciation of corn farming. Between innings at 25 homes games,

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MCGA student Agvocate selected to receive national agriculture scholarship

One of this year’s William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarship winners is Katie Peterson, a Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) student Agvocate majoring in political science at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Peterson, a sophomore who grew up on a family farm in Grove City, Minn., was honored last week at Commodity Classic in New Orleans.

The scholarship was created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future and is co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and BASF.

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Changing Nitrogen Use: good for yields, good for the environment

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

“You can adapt to change!” was the rallying cry issued to several hundred farmers who came to hear the latest science about nitrogen fertilizer.

Prof. Fabian Fernandez used these words to open the second annual Minnesota Nitrogen Management Conference last week in Rochester. The conference was titled, “Nitrogen: Minnesota’s Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity.”

A series of experts spoke through the day and took different angles at the issue of nitrogen,

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Conservation, corn farming and your chance to win Twins season tickets

Once again, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has teamed with popular Minnesota Twins podcast “Gleeman & the Geek” to give away a 20-game Twins season ticket package for the 2016 season at Target Field.

All you have to do is download the latest “Gleeman & the Geek” podcast, listen for the keyword, and go to mnfarmteam.com to enter the keyword in the contest section. You can earn additional entries by Tweeting or Facebooking a special message that appears after you enter the keyword.

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Polk County family farmer elected to Corn Growers board of directors

John Swanson, a family farmer from Mentor, Minn., was recently elected to serve on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors. Swanson will serve a three-year term and represent District 6.

“I think it’s really important that agriculture shares its story with non-farmers,” Swanson said. “By serving on the MCGA board, I hope to strengthen the connection between farmers and non-farmers. I also look forward to working to open new markets for corn farmers and increase the use of homegrown ethanol fuel.”

Swanson has farmed since 1971,

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Minnesota Corn Growers re-elect 4 farmers to board of directors

Delegates to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) recent annual meeting at MN Ag EXPO 2016 in Mankato re-elected four family farmers to its board of directors.

Bruce Peterson, Northfield, was re-elected to represent District 3. Tom Haag, Eden Valley; Ryan Buck, Goodhue, and Gerald Mulder, Renville, were elected to at-large positions. Peterson, Haag and Buck have previously served as MCGA president.

“Minnesota’s corn farmers are fortunate to have these four strong and experienced voices for agriculture back on the MCGA board,” said Noah Hultgren,

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The farmer’s perspective: Answering questions about agriculture’s impact on water quality

Here at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, we receive questions every day about farming, water quality and the efforts of farmers to protect and improve our states lakes, rivers and streams.

We decided to take some of the most commonly asked questions and answer them here on the blog. If you have questions that we didn’t answer in this post, hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

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