Category: Advocacy + Education

Unstuck: How I found my niche working in Agriculture

By Maria Wingert, MCGA Agvocate

After growing up on a family farm and being active in 4-H and the National FFA Organization, there was no doubt in my 18-year-old mind that I would pursue a degree, and someday, a career in agriculture.

However, while I loved showing cattle and doing chores, production agriculture just wasn’t for me.

After coming to the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities in the fall of 2012,

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Greek Life and Agriculture go together at U of M

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Scores of students in five fraternities and sororities create a vibrant connection between agriculture and the learning community at the University of Minnesota.

Curious onlookers were drawn recently to the spectacle of the ‘Alpha Gamma Rho-deo’ — AGR fraternity members held a mechanical bull riding contest in front of their house at the corner of Cleveland and Carter avenues. Riding the bull was the culmination of three days of charitable events.

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Improvements will help Oliver Kelley farm tell the story of farming

written by Jonathan Eisenthal 

With a $10.5 million appropriation from the 2014 bonding bill, the 1870 Oliver H. Kelley farm can afford its first major expansion in 30 years.

The expansion will include a new visitor’s center, farm buildings, two updated classrooms, a community room, a kitchen classroom and and an all-season picnic shelter. The improvements, scheduled to be finished in May 2016, are aimed at better serving the huge volume of visitors to Minnesota’s unique farm historic site.

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An update from MCGA student Agvocate Kendra Davis

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Kendra Davis and I am one of the Minnesota Corn Growers 2014-15 student Agvocates. My parents are Lance and Sharon Davis, and I have one sister named Randene.

I am currently a sophomore at South Dakota State University where I am majoring in Animal Science and hope to someday work in cattle nutrition. Farming has always been something I have been very passionate about as I have grown up surrounded by it.

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Total tillage solutions field day draws big crowd

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

About 250 farmers gathered at a farm field seven miles south of Appleton in Lac qui Parle County to see demonstrations and hear information covering the entire spectrum of tillage, from ‘biological tillage’ (letting earthworms and tillage radishes do the heavy lifting) to moldboard plowing — the most invasive technique, but still a useful tool to be applied sparingly, according to the experts.

Farmer Jeff Olson generously offered his field for the demonstrations.

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Anoka County 4-H working to bring a positive message about farming to area youth

There were 615 farms spanning almost 100,000 acres in Anoka County in 1969. Today, there are 396 farms covering fewer than 45,000 acres.

Urban sprawl has turned a lot of that Anoka County farmland into prime residential and business developments. Homes, schools, shopping centers and restaurants now occupy land that used to be cornfields, barns and pastures.

Even though there are fewer farms in Anoka County today than 45 years ago (as is the case in counties throughout the United States),

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Speak for Yourself program helps farmers tell their own story

Today’s consumers are more curious than ever before about modern agriculture and where their food comes from. That creates new challenges for farmers — the people tasked with growing food for the entire world.

But it also creates opportunity.

That’s why the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Farm Bureau have partnered to support the “Speak for Yourself” program (SFY). The SFY program helps farmers tell their own story,

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MCGA Radio: Tom Sell talks farm bill implementation

On this week’s Minnesota Corn Growers Association radio, Tom Sell from Combest, Sell & Associates covers what corn farmers should know about implementation of the 2014 farm bill.

The sign-up period for the farm bill’s crop insurance programs is expected to begin late fall and could carry into early spring.

“One of the real hallmarks of this farm bill is that there are a lot of choices,” Sell said.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Selects 2014-15 Student Agvocates

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has selected three college students to serve as Agvocates in 2014-15.

Maria Wingert, Plainview, University of Minnesota; Kendra Davis, Glenville, South Dakota State University; and Taylor Broderius, Hector, University of Minnesota, will spend the next year developing their agriculture leadership skills while working on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers.

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

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The opportunities are endless with a degree in agriculture.

By Kevin Welter, MCGA Agvocate

Friday, May 16 was the graduation ceremony for the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Fellow Agvocate Nick Peterson and I walked for graduation this spring.  

Nick graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Plant Science with soil science minor. He has already started working full-time for AgReliant Genetics. As for me,

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