Category: Advocacy + Education

Farm Camp Minnesota

Register now for Farm Camp Minnesota

Farmers, agriculture organizations, agribusinesses, and volunteers have joined together to organize and host the sixth annual “Farm Camp Minnesota”.

Farm Camp Minnesota is open to kids entering grades 3-6.  In 2017, the one-day camp will be held at several different locations throughout the state.

  • August 7-8: Farm Camp Minnesota will be held in the Waseca area at Farmamerica
  • August 15: St. Cloud area near Rice, Minnesota at the Schmitt Family Farm
  • August 16: Northfield area near Dundas,

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Explore latest in food, ag, science at UMN Classes Without Quizzes

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Ever wonder what keeps a seed scientist up at night? While they toss and turn, they can’t stop thinking, ‘Will these two promising inbreds cross nicely and become a high-performing hybrid? And when we have a prizewinner, how will it do in different soils? In rainier or drier places?’

There’s a reason it takes years to develop a new corn variety.

Prof. Candy Hirsch will take a group of interested lay people on a one-hour tour through the ins and outs of corn inbreds and hybrids,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association selects 2017-18 student intern

A University of Minnesota student will have an opportunity to further develop her agriculture leadership skills by serving as an intern with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). The MCGA Internship Program is in its second year.

Over the next year, Mariah Larson will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers and gain exposure to Minnesota agriculture through office operations, educational and outreach programs, communications, and member engagement.

Look for Larson at MCGA-sponsored events this summer like Farmfest,

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Commodity Classic 2017

Commodity Classic 2017 draws thousands

Commodity Classic 2017 is well underway this week in San Antonio. The annual event, held March 2-4 this year, is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention bringing together the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for meetings and more.

The show attendance for 2017 is estimated to be at more than 9,000 individuals, with at least 4,000 of those attendees being farmers.

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Maizey and TC Road Crew

TC Road Crew brings farming and fun to schools

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A crowd of 100 school kids roared with excitement when Maizey, the lovable and always happy Minnesota corn mascot, joined in the fun and dancing with the Twin Cities Road Crew.

The group rocked the house at L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school, with the latest radio hits. But there was an audible gasp of surprise, when the TC Road Crew started to tell the story of corn: “Did you know that Maizey is more than 5,000 years old…?”

With support from MCGA,

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Minnesota corn farm-Summer 2016

Nitrogen management conferences focus on precision agriculture

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Hundreds of farmers and crop consultants had the opportunity last week to learn how they could improve their nitrogen management techniques and maximize inputs, while minimizing environmental impacts and helping their bottom line.

MAWRCIt was all part of the ninth annual Nutrient Management Conference held in St. Cloud, Minn. on Feb. 7. The conference was organized by the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) and supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

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Strip tillage on the Biegler farm

Water Summit addresses concerns, solutions for water quality

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A packed auditorium of farmers, local residents and government officials from across the state came together for Governor Dayton’s second annual Town Hall Water Summit, held on the campus of University of Minnesota-Morris in late January.

Water SummitThe day-long event focused on the complex issues facing Minnesota’s waters in both rural and urban areas of the state, and solutions to help improve water quality.

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ALAMN Station Event

American Lung Association MN continues to promote clean air benefits of ethanol

Written by Nicole Krumrie

Jon Hunter was recently named Director of Clean Air with the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN). But Hunter is no stranger to the ethanol or its clean air benefits; he’s has been working with ALA since 2010 on grant programs.

“I’m looking forward to seeing markets expand and how we can promote ethanol,” says Hunter. “It will be an interesting year to see how the markets and the ethanol world respond to change.”

This past year,

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MCGA at MN Ag EXPO 2017

MCGA re-elects six grower leaders to board of directors

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Delegates to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) recent annual meeting at MN Ag EXPO 2017 in Mankato re-elected six farmers to its board of directors.

Paul Henning, Okabena, was re-elected to represent District 1; Tim Waibel, Courtland, District 2; Chuck DeGrote, Clara City, District 4; Noah Hultgren, Willmar, District 5; and Bryan Biegler, Lake Wilson, and Kirby Hettver, DeGraff, were elected to at-large positions.

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Cody Sievert, UMN Farm Family of Game

UMN Gopher Hockey Farm Family of the Game: The Sievert Family

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Deric and Julie Sievert both grew up on dairy farms, so they know what’s left in the cow stall isn’t just a throw away. Paying particular attention to where those nutrients go keeps their farm, just north of Gibbon, going strong.

The Sievert family raises corn, soybeans, barley and alfalfa, along with cattle, hogs and sheep, and a few chickens. The Sieverts vary the application of manure according to where the soil needs it most,

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