Category: Advocacy + Education

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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School assemblies bring a positive corn-farming message (and Maizey!) to urban youth

If Old Man Winter and everything that comes with it has you down this Monday in February, we here at MinnesotaCornerstone are here to cheer you up.

Actually, Maizey — the lovable and always-happy-no-matter-what Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) mascot — the team at the Twin Cities Road Crew and the students and Richard Green Central Elementary School in South Minneapolis are here to cheer you up.

With support from MCGA,

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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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