Category: Advocacy + Education

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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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 csoukup@mncorn.org, 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 www.mnagexpo.com. 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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