Category: Advocacy + Education

Where Would We Be Without Corn?

Written by Katie Peterson

In today’s world, famers, consumers, and health professionals often discuss the use of corn products. Some argue that certain products, like high fructose corn syrup, are unhealthy for people to consume. Others argue that the use of corn in so many products is beneficial for producer and consumer alike.

While pondering my own position on the corn product topic, I began to look around my dorm room and think about all of the products that I use every day that contain corn as an ingredient.

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CommonGround Mom2Mom Feature: Kristie Swenson

Written by Jen Haugen

If you could push a button and talk to a real farmer, what would you say?  Would you ask a question that’s been on your mind as you shop in the grocery store?  As moms, we read things, we see things, we hear things and sometimes that can create some fear.  Fear about whether we are feeding our kids the foods that will keep them safe.  Fear that feeding them the wrong foods will make them sick. 

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Children’s Museum of Southern MN opens to warm reception

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, located in Mankato, opened its doors May 1, and has seen 45,000 visitors in its first five months of operation. In that time, 2,000 families have purchased memberships.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was an early donor, giving a major capital gift that included a subsidy so the museum could offer MCGA members a discounted family membership ($45 for MCGA members,

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Minnesota corn farmers are proud supporters of 4-H programs

On Tuesday, our friends and partners at the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) sent out a news release celebrating National 4-H Week by highlighting MFB’s strong support for several Minnesota 4-H programs and initiatives. You can read MFB’s news release here.

Here at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), we thought it was such a good idea for Farm Bureau to highlight its support for 4-H that we’re going to,

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Gophers fans: It's "Celebrate Ag & Food Day" this Saturday

Hey Gophers football fans (and anybody who likes food and fun): There’s a very special event called “Celebrate Ag & Food Day” going on during the Gophers football game versus Kent State this coming Saturday.

In the tailgating lots outside of TCF Bank Stadium, on the giant video screens inside the stadium and on the field during breaks in the action, the Gophers and the University of Minnesota will be recognizing Minnesota’s farmers and the many agriculture-based businesses that help put food on our tables and grow the Minnesota economy.

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Speak up! An Agvocate talks food and farming on her college campus

Hello! My name is Katie Peterson. I am one of three Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) student Agvocates for this coming year.

I grew up on a small crop and livestock farm near Grove City, Minn. in southwest Meeker County. I am currently a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College where I am majoring in political science.

Many people have wondered why a girl like me who loves the farm would leave everything I know behind and head to a liberal arts college where very few people have farming or agriculture backgrounds.

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4-Hers solve ag problems, develop leadership skills in Science of Agriculture Challenge

How can cattle farmers reduce hay loss from ring feeders? What can be done about bees overwintering in Minnesota? What’s the next step in using insects as human food? What are the benefits of biofuels?

These were a few of the questions addressed by 12 youth teams who participated in the 2015 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge, held June 17-19 at the University of Minnesota.The challenge was an opportunity for youth teams to find solutions to real agriculture challenges in their communities.

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Farmers: You're invited to attend MCGA's "What you Need to Know" district meetings

MNcorn_PMS124FINALAre you a farmer with questions about changes to Minnesota’s buffer laws? Do you want to know more about telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not mess with the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) and homegrown ethanol?

Would you like insight into conservation programs from local experts? How about an update on ag-related items from the recently completed Minnesota legislative session?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Sponsors Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School

AFSA_High_School_logoThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is the newest sponsor of the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) High School.  MCGA is funding two college scholarships for students who will graduate from AFSA High School in spring 2016.

“Minnesota’s corn farmers are proud to play a role in giving two AFSA High School students the opportunity to attend college,” said Bruce Peterson, a farmer in Northfield and president of MCGA.

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Taiwanese trade team swings through Minnesota

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Taiwanese swine producers and researchers visited Minnesota on Wednesday to get an up-close look at an ethanol plant and a Minnesota corn/soybean/hog family farm.

The group began their journey at the World Pork Expo in Iowa last week, then visited Minnesota before returning to Taiwan. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) arranged a tour of the Corn Plus Cooperative ethanol plant in Winnebago and Tim Waibel’s family farm in Courtland.

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