Category: Advocacy + Education

MN State Capitol

Legislative Recap: End of session and special session full of drama

The Legislature did not fully complete its business, including the passage of omnibus tax and budget bills, by the constitutional deadline of May 22nd at midnight, and went into a special session that finally concluded early Friday morning. Following is a report regarding key legislative issues important to farmers:

BUFFER LEGISLATION
The omnibus environmental and natural resources policy and finance bill was passed just before the close of the regular session. As amended,

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Mariah Larson

Mariah Larson: What I’m looking forward to during my MCGA internship

My name’s Mariah Larson, and I am the 2017-2018 Minnesota Corn Growers Association student intern. I’m studying agricultural communication and marketing at the University of Minnesota, with a double minor in political science and international agriculture.

When I was applying for this internship back in 2016, what stood out to me was the leadership position that MCGA holds within Minnesota by supporting the agricultural community and our state’s commodities as a whole. Now that I am officially on board,

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High school competition helps kids see ag in a new light

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota Envirothon, a high school competition organized by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, challenges the upcoming generation of environmentalists with scenarios often seen in the world of agriculture.

This year’s competition, held earlier this month, asked 25 teams of five to consider a scenario where farmland and state-owned land are separated by a stream running between the two.

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Minnesota Corn Growers play ball throughout Twin Cities

Even with difficulties warming up in the cool, fall-like weather, Maizey had no issues delivering the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the matchup between the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies Thursday afternoon. The first pitch was part of a season-long partnership with the Minnesota ball club aimed at raising awareness of Minnesota corn growers’ commitment to conservation.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) have a longtime partnership with the Minnesota Twins to tell the stories of the state’s corn farmers.

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4-H wants you to Raise Your Hand

Minnesota 4-H worked with nearly 69,000 youth in the state in 2016. To grow that number and better help unlock their potential, the largest youth development program in the nation is now calling out to its more than 10 million alumni nationally for help as part of the Raise Your Hand campaign.

Launched earlier this month, Raise Your Hand is a call to action for alumni to pay it forward and help the next generation benefit from 4-H as they did.

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Oliver Kelley Farm historic site celebrates new visitor center

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Over the past twenty years, a half million visitors have toured the living museum of Minnesota’s farming past at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River. Thanks to its newly opened visitor center, those who visit will now also learn about Minnesota’s agricultural present and future.

The new facility, which officially opened for the 2017 season in early May, includes indoor exhibits, versatile spaces that can be converted into classrooms or community meeting rooms,

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Farmer follows five principles for soil health

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Dozens of farmers recently spent the day trading their cover crop experiences and other soil health techniques at a field day event hosted by the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District. The setting was the Pipestone farm of Ian Cunningham, who uses cover crops as one element in a five-part pursuit of healthy soil.

On his farm, Cunningham keeps soil covered for as much of the year as possible,

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Minnesota Corn takes the pitch with MN United

MCGA has partnered with MN United, the state’s Major League Soccer team located in the Twin Cities, to share the conservation efforts of Minnesota’s corn farmers. The season-long partnership is an opportunity to reach a young, engaged audience and includes in-stadium signage, TV advertisements and other promotions.

On Sunday, MCGA was the presenting sponsor of the match as MN United beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 at TCF Bank Stadium. Corn-focused festivities kicked off on the plaza outside of the stadium prior to the game,

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Buffer near Montevideo, MN

Buffers: Here’s where we are at

One of the most important topics to farmers during the 2017 legislative session, the buffer law was created to protect state water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. While farmers agree with the intended outcome, many are concerned with various aspects of timing and implementation of the buffers.

At the Capitol, the House and Senate proposed legislation that includes delaying buffer law implementation, modified definitions of public waters and necessary buffer widths,

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Project Green finds common (green) ground between farm and city

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

What’s something that many people have in common with farmers? Nearly everyone loves to see the earth become green again, to feel spring springing.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has joined together this spring with KARE 11, the Twin Cities’ NBC affiliate, and Great River Greening, an environmental restoration group, to raise awareness about how we can all help the environment. The project culminates in a major volunteer beautification project along two miles of roadway in Wayzata in celebration of Earth Day this Saturday.

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