Category: Advocacy + Education

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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EWG is really good at preying on people's fears, not so good at liking Tweets

Whether it’s sun tan lotion, farm policy or what you eat for dinner, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is always trying to scare you about something. But what’s truly scary about EWG is its disregard for sound science and objectivity.

Farmers caught on to EWG’s tactics a long time ago. After all, it’s farmers that EWG spends countless hours demonizing in their efforts to use pseudoscience to boost their own bottom line and build its brand.

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Minnesota Corn Growers launch new internship program

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is seeking applicants for its new paid internship program, which is open to students seeking two-year and bachelor degrees.

Two interns will be selected to serve from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Applications, including a cover letter and resume, are due by Feb. 1.

Applications should be emailed to Cara Soukup, MCGA field coordinator, at, or mailed to 738 1st Ave.

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You’re not going to want to miss MN Ag EXPO 2016

MN Ag EXPO 2016Every year, MN Ag EXPO strives to be the biggest and best winter agriculture trade show and conference in the state. This year is no exception.

MN Ag EXPO 2016, planned and coordinated by the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Soybean Growers, is set for Jan. 27-28 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The event is free to attend and features a trade show with nearly 100 exhibitors,

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Pre-Register for MN Ag EXPO by Friday, Jan. 15

MN Ag EXPO 2016Time again for Minnesota’s largest gathering of corn and soybean producers, MN Ag Expo 2016. Hundreds of farmers will gather at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, Jan. 28.

Registration will be available on-site, but you can avoid lines at the door by pre-registering.

Pre-register quickly and easily online at The pre-registration deadline is Friday, January 15. MN Ag EXPO 2016 is free to attend.

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Give your soil breathing room with shallow tillage

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Conventional tillage has worked well in the Upper Midwest to address moderately excessive levels of early spring moisture, and to knock back weed pressure.

The problem is that tillage also destroys soil structure.  Soil structure builds biological activity and favors plant growth, in turn building up the soil structure even more. That was the message experts gave to hundreds of farmers at the Conservation Tillage Conference held in Willmar in mid-December.

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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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