Category: Advocacy + Education

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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Biofuels Mobile Education Center rolls to a successful 2014

Minnesota’s corn farmers rely on key partnerships and biofuels supporters from across a broad spectrum of industries to help connect with consumers and policymakers about ethanol.

Perhaps the most impressive method of ethanol message delivery is through the Biofuels Mobile Education Center (BMEC), a 45-foot long trailer packed with interactive information about homegrown biofuels and staffed by a dedicated team that rolls across the country talking ethanol with consumers, drivers, students and anybody who stops by..

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Fuels expert conducts Ethanol 101 seminar for automotive classes

One way to increase awareness and knowledge of ethanol is to connect with the next generation of mechanics, the men and women who will be working on our cars and answering our fuel and engine questions for the next 40 years or more.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is doing just that. With support from Minnesota’s corn farmers, Hoon Ge of MEG Corp, a leading fuel consulting company, travels throughout the state and conducts fuels seminars for automotive classes at many of Minnesota’s technical colleges.

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A farm kid's guide to finding your dream internship

Written by Maria Wingert

As a college student, I know how stressful the job hunt can be. Whether it’s an internship or a full-time position, finding a place where you can happily spend 80 percent of your summer (or your life) can be an intense pursuit.

Resumes and the dreaded cover letter aside, sometimes finding the actual position you want to apply for can be the most difficult part.

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