Category: Advocacy + Education

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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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Selects 2015-16 Student Agvocates

In an effort to develop the next generation of leaders in Minnesota agriculture, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has selected three college students to serve as student Agvocates in 2015-16.

Over the next year, Katie Peterson, Tim Rasmussen and Sam Peterson will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers while gaining valuable leadership experience in the areas of production agriculture, agribusiness, ag policy, public relations and environmental stewardship.

MCGA student Agvocates help corn farmers connect with the non-farming public on college campuses and at events throughout Minnesota.

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Check out what these 4th graders asked a Minnesota corn farmer

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) proudly participates in Provider Pals, a unique program that connects farmers with classrooms throughout the state, especially in non-farming, urban areas.

John Mages farms in Belgrade and served as MCGA President in 2011-12. Now that John is retired from the MCGA board of directors, he participates in Provider Pals as a way to continue telling the story of Minnesota corn farmers to the next generation of consumers and community leaders.

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Alden-Conger wins big in Detroit, ready for Supermileage Challenge next week

After another strong showing at the Shell Eco marathon Americas in Detroit, Alden-Conger is ready for the Supermileage Challenge in Brainerd.

The best way to describe the Supermileage Challenge is this: Teams of high school students design go-kart type vehicles and modify the engines so they travel as far as possible on a single gallon of fuel. Classes of competition include E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol fuel and regular gasoline),

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The sights and sounds of Ag Awareness Day 2015

A little bad weather wasn’t going to slow down Ag Awareness Day 2015 at the University of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), together with about 15 other farmer-led organizations and agriculture-related groups, braved temperatures in the 30s, occasional snow showers and high winds to participate in Ag Awareness Day 2015 on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Tuesday.

Students on their way to and from class stopped by the MCGA booth to play a game of corn toss for a chance to win a fuel card from Holiday.

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Provider Pals connects farmers with classrooms in the Twin Cities

As Dan Erickson started talking about day-to-day life on his corn, soybean and livestock family farm near Alden, Minn., it didn’t take long for hands to start raising.

“How long does it take you to plant corn?”

“Where do the cobs end up after they go through the combine?”

“How do you know when one of your cows is sick?”

“How do you make your money?”

“Where do you take the corn you don’t feed to your cows?”

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College students: MCGA wants YOU (to become an Agvocate)

Are you a post-secondary student who wants to develop hands-on leadership experience with agriculture professionals? Are you passionate about farming and want to use your energy to improve agriculture overall? Do you enjoy talking with consumers about important issues related to food, farming and biofuels? Would you like a $3,000 scholarship?

If you answered “yes,” then the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) would like you to be a 2015-16 Student Agvocate.

Applications to work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers as a Student Agvocate are currently being accepted through April 10. 

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How do water levels in the soil impact crops?

Minnesota cornWhat if farmers could input their farm data into a computer model that would help them decide whether to invest in drainage systems? Or how much fertilizer (enough, but not too much) to take maximum advantage of current soil moisture conditions?

A four-year research project funded by the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) is looking at the interrelationship of drainage, soil type and farmer management decisions to the vigor of crop plants and,

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How can we close the gap between scientists and consumers on GMOs?

GMO cornAccording to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, 88 percent of scientists believe that genetically modified (GMOs) foods are safe to eat. However, only 37 percent of the general public believes GMOs are safe.

That’s an astonishing gap of 51 percent.

In recent weeks, the gap between scientists and the general public on several important issues has come to the forefront of our attention thanks to the vaccination topic.

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Crop farmers and consultants delve into nutrient science


Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Bob Hoeft was a kid on the farm in David City, Nebraska, when Nitrogen fertilizer first got to be a big thing in American agriculture. That was the mid-1950s.

“The biggest change in nutrient management since then is that, now, we use science,” said Hoeft, a professor of agronomy at the University of Illinois. “Back then we (farmers) weren’t concerned with the science.

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