Category: Advocacy + Education

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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Census of Agriculture distributed to Minnesota farmers

The 2017 Census of Agriculture will begin hitting farmers’ mailboxes this week, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture looks to update its information on land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures.

Conducted once every five years, the Census of Agriculture is sent to approximately 3 million U.S. producers, including nearly 100,000 growers in Minnesota. Farmers are being asked to fill out the census questionnaire online using instructions found on the mailed portion or return it completed by mail.

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Corn farmers’ stories reach millions on National Geographic

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) partnered with National Geographic in the fall to share the stories of America’s corn farmers with a robust national audience. Four farmers, including Minnesota Corn Growers Association board member Bryan Biegler, were featured on NationalGeographic.com and its social channels through November.

Each farmer was provided a large platform to share how innovation and technology has allowed them to become more productive and environmentally responsible. Biegler,

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Northern farmers can again take advantage of free bus ride to MN Ag EXPO

Northern farmers will once again have the option to sit back, relax and enjoy the bus ride to MN Ag EXPO in Mankato next month. Farmers are encouraged to take advantage of the stress-free ride by hopping on the bus at one of four stops across northern Minnesota.

The bus will be picking up farmers in Red Lake Falls, Fertile Ada, Barnesville and Fergus Falls the morning of Jan. 23, which is the day before EXPO begins.

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Bringing the farm to University of Minnesota underclassmen

(Lauren Biegler with her husband, Bryan, on their Lake Wilson farm)

Last week nearly 200 University of Minnesota underclassmen attended their introductory nutrition course for a lesson they may not have expected when enrolling in the class. Lauren Biegler, who is a CommonGround Minnesota volunteer, represented the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) by joining others from agriculture on a panel about modern farming.

While the ins and outs of today’s farm operations may not have a clear connection to the education of aspiring dietitians,

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Farmers unite on Twitter to support NAFTA

Farmers nationwide united on Twitter yesterday to make their voices heard on the importance of NAFTA to agriculture. The grassroots advocacy campaign included farmers of all backgrounds, legislators and multiple ag and business organizations proclaiming the economic impact of the free-trade agreement using the #Farmers4NAFTA hashtag.

Farmers were encouraged to tweet positive messages about NAFTA and the benefits it has brought to American farms. Participants cited statistics that show the growth of exports to Canada and Mexico under NAFTA,

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Minnesota Department of Ag offers helpline for stressed farmers

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture unveiled the Farm & Rural Helpline this fall as a resource for Minnesota farmers and rural residents under stress. The free, confidential service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

While MDA long offered a crisis line to farmers, Meg Moynihan, state programs administrator principal with MDA, said the service was retooled and relaunched as the Farm & Rural Helpline to reach farmers before stress becomes a more serious crisis.

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