Category: Advocacy + Education

Register today for the 2015 Extension ag drainage workshops

A series of collaborative workshops focused on ag drainage are set for February and March in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. The two-day, hands-on workshops are put on by the University of Minnesota Extension, North Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension.

“Our drainage design workshops are a complete package for farmers who want to know how to design drainage systems,” said Brad Carlson, an ag drainage specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. 

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Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference set for Feb. 9

Last year, a record crowd of more than 450 farmers, crop consultants and agriculture professionals attended the Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference.

Organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year when the Crop Nutrient Management Conference kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

“It’s become a pretty important place to share the latest research on nutrient management,”

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Agenda is set for MN Ag EXPO 2015 in Mankato

The agenda is set for MN Ag EXPO 2015, Jan. 28-29 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. MN Ag EXPO is the free premiere annual event for Minnesota corn and soybean farmers, bringing together farmers, top ag researchers, leading agribusinesses and policy leaders for two days of educational sessions, a large trade show, networking opportunities and more.

Climate expert Evelyn Browning-Garriss will deliver the MN Ag EXPO 2015 keynote address at 9:30 a.m.

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GMO Awareness Day a missed educational opportunity in Metro area schools

Written by Kristie Swenson

Recently, I saw a press release from Minneapolis Public Schools, sharing that five metro school districts (Hopkins, Minneapolis, Orono, Shakopee, and Westonka) held a “GMO Awareness Day” and are aiming to reduce GMOs in school food.

GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) have prompted much debate in several arenas, from agriculture to politics, at various levels.  I applaud these school districts for broaching a topic with so many different facets;

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NPR calls out the Food Babe

Remember when celebrity Jenny McCarthy was championing a cause that claimed vaccinating your children might lead to autism?

McCarthy’s outlandish claims have repeatedly been proven false, and she’s now become a bit of a laughingstock because of her viewpoints. However, McCarthy’s anti-vax activism still reached many people with false claims disguised as “science.” A lot of damage was done.

Now there’s a new McCarthy in the activist world,

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Why do Minnesota corn farmers partner with Gophers Sports?

On Monday, Minnesota Gophers men’s hockey coach Don Lucia kicked off the first Gophers Speaker Series sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

The event was an opportunity for about 75 Gophers season ticket holders and Twin Cities business leaders to hear from Lucia (along with senior forward Travis Boyd) in an intimate setting away from the spotlight of television cameras and beat reporters.

Sponsoring the Gophers Speaker Series is one of several ways Minnesota corn farmers partner with Gophers Sports.

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MCGA Radio: Science of Agriculture Response Challenge

This week’s guest on MCGA Radio is Dr. Joshua Rice, Ph.D., an assistant Extension Professor at the University of Minnesota who coordinates the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Response Challenge,

The challenge partners youth teams with local expert mentors to develop science-based responses to ag issues. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is helping promote the challenge.

 

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Dassel-Cokato’s FFA Food Science team wins nationals

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

It was a taste of the real world of ultra-competitive name-brand food marketing. Dassel-Cokato High School’s FFA Food Science Team had an hour to come up with the most appealing wholegrain, low-sugar breakfast cereal possible at the 87th annual National FFA convention in Louisville, KY.

They beat out more than three dozen competing teams, winning the minds and discerning tastebuds of food industry professionals.

The team came up with “Hunger Grahams”—a sweet graham cracker biscuit cereal,

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CommonGround connects farming and non-farming women (part 2)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

This is part two of a two-part series highlighting CommonGround, a program supported by Minnesota’s corn and soybean farmers. Click here to read part one.

 

From steak to seafood, farmers to foodies; GrillFest celebrates all things cooked over an open flame and the people who grow and eat it. This popular Minneapolis summertime event attracts more than 5,000 attendees each year and is one of Rachel Gray’s favorite CommonGround volunteer activities.

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CommonGround connects farming and non-farming women

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

This is part one of a two-part series highlighting CommonGround, a program supported by Minnesota’s corn and soybean farmers. Look for part two on Wednesday.

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As the snow arrived this week, cattle rancher Rachel Gray got busy making sure her herd was “tucked in.”

“We just started getting snow last night,” Gray said Sunday evening from her home near Blackduck,

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