Category: Advocacy + Education

Twin Cities Road Crew brings corn-themed fun to the Aquatennial

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association partnered with Twin Cities Road Crew this summer to bring the corn-themed fun to metro area events. First up was the Aquatennial, which brings thousands to downtown Minneapolis for the official celebration of the city.

The Twin Cities Road Crew, along with Maizey, setup for the pre-fireworks Kid Zone earlier this month to share fun corn facts and the importance of Minnesota’s corn sector with attendees prior to the massive fireworks show.

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MCGA to share how “MN Corn Grows MN” at Farmfest

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) returns to Farmfest this year with both exciting new attractions and old favorites in Booth 702. Located at the corner of Seed Road and Seventh Street, MCGA will be sharing the vital role corn farmers play in the economic well-being of the state.

Last summer, MCGA launched the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative to share the key role our state’s corn farmers play in building a sustainable future for all Minnesotans,

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MCGA testifies on Groundwater Protection Rule; Comment period extended to Aug. 15

Administrative Law Judge hearings on the Groundwater Protection Rule began Monday in Farmington, and Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Kirby Hettver was on hand to provide testimony on behalf of the state’s corn growers.

Prior to Hettver’s testimony, officials announced the written comment period for the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule was extended until Aug. 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. For farmers who are unable to attend a hearing, the additional two weeks provides more time to submit written comments during the busy summer months.

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Meet Kenzie Barth, MCGA’s 2018-2019 intern

By Kenzie Barth, Minnesota Corn Growers Association 2018-2019 student intern

Hello! My name is Kenzie Barth, and I’m the 2018-2019 Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) student intern. I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, double majoring in plant science and agricultural communication & marketing. I’m from Upsala in Morrison County. On campus, I’m serving as the 2018-2019 CFANS Student Senator, and I’m involved with the Beta of Clovia sorority and the Gopher Crops and Soils Club.

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1 newly elected, 3 re-elected to MCR&PC

Duane Epland was newly elected to the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC), while Doug Albin, Myron (Mickey) Peterson and Scott Winslow were re-elected.

All positions are three-year terms. Epland, who farms in Emmons, will represent District 8. Albin, who farms in Clarkfield and represents District 1, 2 and 4, Peterson (Sacred Heart – District 3, 5 and 6) and Winslow (Fountain – District 9) will retain their position on the MCR&PC.

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Wrapping up my internship

(Mariah Larson (right) with MCGA Senior Policy Director Amanda Bilek during Corn Congress in Washington D.C.)

By Mariah Larson

After spending 12 months here with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), I am wrapping up my internship and reflecting on everything a year entailed.

As MCGA’s intern I’ve been involved with our office operations, annual events and communication projects. This covers everything from social media and public outreach,

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Hundreds attend workshops on helping farmers through stressful times

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) first-ever “Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times” workshop series recently concluded with more than 450 people from all professional backgrounds attending to learn more about how they can help farmers through stressful times.

Held at six different locations spanning the state, the goal with each session was to help rural area professionals recognize mental and emotional distress in the farming community and employ strategies that help farmers in stressful situations.

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Commodity Classic 2018 recap in pictures

Commodity Classic 2018 wrapped up last week in Anaheim. Held Feb. 26-Mar. 1, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention brought together representatives from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. While news surfaced about changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, Commodity Classic 2018 went on with numerous productive meetings and educational opportunities for corn growers.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was again well represented at Commodity Classic.

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County corn associations offer scholarships to local students

County corn grower associations throughout Minnesota are offering scholarships to local students interested in a career in agriculture. Ranging from $500 to more than $3,000, below you will find information on each and how you can apply.

With due dates coming fast, be sure to find your local county organization and apply today!

Dakota/Rice County Corn & Soybean Growers: Apply here

  • Who qualifies: High school seniors planning on studying an agriculture-related field
  • Amount: $3,200
  • Deadline: March 14
  • The recipient of the scholarship will also receive a sponsorship to attend the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leadership Conference

Dodge County Corn &

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Setting the stage for profitability: Political engagement

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that.

The legislative session is underway, as policy makers convene in St.

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