Category: Advocacy + Education

Kernel Nation connects community to farmers in Waconia

This is the second year that the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has hosted Kernel Nation events, which are held to further develop relationships and make connections between greater Minnesota residents and the corn farming community. Last Wednesday, MCGA hosted their first Kernel Nation event of 2017 in Waconia at J. Carver Distillery.

The night kicked off with a social hour and welcome before the distillery tour and tasting, followed by dinner, drinks and closing remarks from MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr.

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Meet Heidie Sloot, MCGA’s new district field manager

My name is Heidie Sloot, and I am excited to share that I have recently come on board as a District Field Manager for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. I will cover Territory 2 and serve growers in a 13-county area in west central Minnesota.

My background is rooted very much in the agricultural community, and I am thrilled to be continuing in it through such meaningful work with Minnesota corn growers. My parents continue to operate the hog and crop farm I grew up on in Sibley County,

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Fuel consulting company addresses ethanol myths with young technicians

In the early days of fuel consulting company MEG Corp, founder Hoon Ge would walk into car dealerships offering ethanol education sessions to the dealer’s technicians. Thinking they would be interested in learning more about the clean, green biofuel, the reception was certainly a surprise to Ge.

“We would really get the cold shoulder,” said Ge, who is a chemical engineer and 25-year veteran of the petroleum industry. “So we had the idea of instead going to the mechanics who are still learning and dispel the myths around ethanol,

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4-H bringing sustainable science to young ages

Starting this year, the 4-H Polymers program will be available to K-2 classrooms nationwide, introducing science in a way that piques curiosity for kids of all ages. This initiative is the result of combining the educational outreach of  4-H with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP), which conducts research to create plastics derived from renewable resources.

The curriculum, titled “Be a 4-H Scientist!  Materials in a Green, Clean World,” focuses on concepts like materials,

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4-H Science of Ag Challenge continues to evolve

The 3rd Annual 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge kicked off earlier this week as teams from eight counties came together at the University of Minnesota to present their solution to an agriculture-related issue. This year’s group tackled topics ranging from efficient fencing to optimal turkey bedding in a competition that instilled confidence in future generations of leaders in agriculture.

After the semifinals on day one, four teams representing Le Seur, Douglas,

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Minnesota Corn Open Street debut delayed

Maizey along with the TC Road Crew were unfortunately rained out during Sunday’s Open Streets Downtown, which was hit by a severe thunderstorm preventing the group from setting up over the weekend. Thankfully, the event was the first of three Open Streets that will be attended by the group representing Minnesota Corn.

Open Streets are held throughout the Twin Cities during the summer months as a way to bring together community groups and local businesses on a temporarily closed street.

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Harold Wolle

MCGA President Harold Wolle seeks position on National Corn Board

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Harold Wolle, Jr., is running for a seat on the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Board. Wolle, who has served on the MCGA board of directors for nearly five years, is one of six candidates vying for a position on the National Corn Board.

“After my experience with Minnesota Corn, it is a logical next step to move up to the national level,” Wolle said. “I find board service to be very rewarding,

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MCGA awards scholarships to future agricultural leaders

In May two students from the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School (AFSA) received a college scholarship from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), which partnered with the school in an effort to help grow the next generation of leaders in agriculture.

Melissa Hall and Elizabeth Weyer received $1,000 scholarships from MCGA. As students at AFSA, both will pursue careers in the agricultural and science fields. The charter school, located in Vadnais Heights,

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Minnesota distilleries (and corn!) shine in craft spirits competition

Earlier this month six Minnesota distilleries competed in the first-ever Heartland Whiskey Competition, which brought together 75 distilleries from the 10-state region in America’s Heartland. Sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the competition featured craft distilleries that utilize corn in their spirits.

The whiskey competition was held, in part, to highlight the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. Customers are interested in the story behind their spirit, and for those distilleries participating in the competition that story starts with the corn base often acquired from nearby farms.

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Middle schoolers take Norman Borlaug’s story to national competition

After beating out teams on the local, regional and state levels, three Twin Cities area students will be heading to a national history project competition by telling the story of Minnesota’s ultimate agricultural pioneer: Norman Borlaug.

Audrey Faricy, Sebastian Helgeson and Sruthi Subramanian leave for the University of Maryland later this month for the final event of National History Day, which is an inter-disciplinary research project competition for students in grades 6-12.

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