Category: Advocacy + Education

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2018 Nitrogen Smart dates announced

The 2018 Nitrogen Smart program will kick off Feb. 14 this year with an 11-city tour of educational seminars on nitrogen management. Supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, more than 600 farmers have already attended the seminars to learn about the latest research on efficient nitrogen management practices that not only reduce environmental impacts, but also costs for the farmer.

For example, after attending seminars in the first two years of the program,

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Setting the stage for profitability

By Kirby Hettver, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

In a time of low commodity prices, the future can be difficult to envision as we focus on making the most of our crop today. At the same time, it is crucial we continue to put the pieces in place for future success in the areas we can control.

The investment you and your fellow farmers make in the Minnesota corn check-off is setting the stage for improved profitability.

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MCGA discusses biofuels during Small Grains Update

The annual Small Grains Update was held last week in northern Minnesota, as representatives from commodity groups and researchers came together to discuss the topics of most interest to farmers in the region. Mitch Coulter, commodity marketing and biofuels director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), joined the group on the series, which began in Morris and ended in St. Hilaire.

Approximately five years ago, Minnesota Wheat Executive Director David Torgerson began working with MCGA and the Minnesota Soybeans Growers Association (MSGA) to develop a series of educational meetings that provide an efficient route for farmers to learn about the latest research and updates from the state’s ag sector.

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Taking the measure of political climate at Ag EXPO

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

For 20 years, Blois Olson has been an avid watcher and observer of politics, business and culture in the Twin Cities and the entire region. He got into writing about farm issues because of all the clicks.

That is, all the mouse clicks. He launched e-newsletters Business Take and Morning Take, which cover the latest in local business and politics, respectively, as web-based clearing houses of all the information that was pouring in from his carefully cultivated sources in every sector.

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MCGA to show how “MN Corn Grows MN” at Ag EXPO

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will yet again have a large presence at MN Ag EXPO 2018, held in Mankato Jan. 24-25 at the Verizon Wireless Center. Located in booth 47, MCGA will be telling the many stories of how “MN Corn Grows MN.”

Introduced at Farmfest in August, the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign was launched to build awareness around the many ways the state’s corn sector benefits all Minnesotans.

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MCGA Annual Meeting returns to MN Ag EXPO

MN Ag EXPO 2018 is only two weeks away, and with that comes the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Annual Meeting. On Jan. 25, corn farmers from throughout the state will congregate at the Verizon Wireless Center for a comprehensive update on MCGA activities, elections, resolutions and more.

Following the MCGA Resolution Session, MCGA President Kirby Hettver will kick off the annual meeting. Corn growers in attendance will receive an update on MCGA financials and membership,

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Minnesota Harvest

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council to fill four seats in 2018

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has four seats up for election in 2018. Consisting of 11 corn farmers elected from throughout the state, MCR&PC works with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to administer the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off

Districts voting for council members in 2018 include districts 1, 2 and 4; districts 3, 5 and 6, district 8 and district 9. To see which district your county is located in,

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Ethanol and its future in retail to be examined at Ag EXPO

The past year has been encouraging for ethanol, as important milestones were met and progress was made in spreading awareness of the new unleaded 88 octane (E15) fuel option at the pump.

Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition of Ethanol, will be giving a presentation at MN Ag EXPO 2018, held Jan. 24-25 in Mankato, examining the future of ethanol from a retail perspective, including its growing benefit to retailers and consumers.

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Nitrogen Smart Workshop 2017

Nitrogen Smart seminar attendees realize big savings in fertilizer costs

University of Minnesota Extension has been holding Nitrogen Smart seminars across Minnesota to help farmers become more effective with their use of nitrogen. Supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the seminars have been attended by more than 600 people in its first two years, and the feedback suggests it has been well worth their time.

At each seminar, led by Extension Educator Brad Carlson, farmers learn about the latest data and research behind nitrogen application practices that not only reduce environmental impact,

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Ag-based fields are on the rise at the University of Minnesota

Enrollment at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) has been on the uptick. The trend is promising for the future of agriculture, as more bright, young minds choose a career in the field.

Applications and overall enrollment in CFANS have increased steadily over the last three years. A major driver of that growth has come from external transfers, which have increased approximately 5 percent.

Students who choose CFANS over other science-based colleges are often doing so for its unique opportunities,

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