Category: Advocacy + Education

Kristie Swenson

CommonGround volunteers talk advanced plant breeding techniques

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With great precision, advanced plant breeding techniques with acronyms like CRISPR, CRISPR-Cas, and TALEN, will more reliably produce the food consumers are looking for and, at the same time, help farmers conserve natural resources, reduce impacts on the environment, and plant crops with a greater assurance that what they plant will grow to maturity and be gathered at harvest time.

A small group of CommonGround volunteers from across the U.S.

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World Soil Day: Dig into Soil Health

The Soil Health Partnership commemorates World Soil Day on Dec. 5 by encouraging farmers to consider ways they can improve soil health. Not sure where to start? Take a few minutes to watch this fun and informative white board video, “Farmers to the Rescue: How Healthy Soil Can Save the Planet.”

Soil Health PartnershipThe group also will host a Virtual Field Day Webinar on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m.

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Don’t miss the Conservation Tillage Conference Dec. 13-14

Written by Nicole Krumrie

Minnesota Corn is proud to sponsor the Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) coming up December 13-14, 2016. The two day conference, hosted in Fargo, North Dakota, features breakout sessions, table talks, farmer panels, demonstrations, and keynote speakers.

CTC is a great way for farmers to gain insight from other growers, agronomists, academic experts, and production economists on how to better conserve natural resources and on-farm inputs,

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Nitrogen Smart workshops are coming to your area

University of Minnesota Extension invites growers to attend one of several upcoming Nitrogen Smart workshops.

Nitrogen Smart focuses on fundamentals for maximizing economic return on nitrogen investments and minimizing nitrogen losses. Each workshop is tailored to fit that specific region of the state.

“The goal of these sessions is to help farmers gain a better understanding of how to manage nitrogen more effectively,” says Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension educator and workshop presenter.

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MCGA intern Nicole Krumrie with Maizey and T.C. Bear

Internship provides valuable experience, opportunities for growth

Written by Nicole Krumrie

This past summer, and continuing into March, I have had the opportunity to intern with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) in Shakopee, MN. This internship allowed me to grow and challenge myself in many ways that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Having a, primarily, dairy background in agriculture, I was drawn to this internship. I wanted the familiar aspects of representing one sector of agriculture but also the challenge of learning about a side of agriculture I knew very little about.

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Election 2016

2016 Election: A Minnesota recap

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Senior Public Policy Director

As we all form our own understanding and opinions about the 2016 election cycle and what it means to agriculture policy going forward, here’s a very brief update on how things shook out in Minnesota.

Big changes in the Minnesota Legislature:

The Minnesota Senate will change hands as the GOP made a net gain of 6 seats to take the majority.

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Warm fall soil temps delay nitrogen application

Written by Anne Struffert and Greg Klinger
University of Minnesota Extension Educators in Agricultural Water Quality Protection

Despite delays due to wet weather, harvest is in progress or already finished for most Minnesota row crop acres. Now an important decision for many farmers is whether or not, and when, to apply fall nitrogen fertilizer. Fall nitrogen fertilizer is only recommended in the northern and western part of the state where climate and soils make nitrogen loss less likely.

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Harold Wolle provides a tour to a U.S. Grain Council trade team

Marketing MN farm products to the world

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

How important are export markets to Minnesota farmers?

  • $539.5 million in annual sales of grain and grain products
  • $1.2 billion in total economic output generated
  • $381.7 million of the Gross State Product (GSP)
  • 3,988 Minnesota jobs supported by export sales

(source: Value of Trade Study, 2014, US Grains Council)

“We have grown a tremendous crop this year,

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Research data collection near Morris

Research Profile: Carlson shares passion for cover crops, sustainability

Written by Nicole Krumrie

When Rebekah Carlson grew up helping out on her uncle’s farm in Nebraska, he always told her, “you’ve got the farm girl in you”. He was right.

After studying Biochemistry at Biola University in California, Carlson took a job as a crop consultant in Nebraska. Then, while working in agronomy, she wanted to learn more.

“I called up Dr. Don Wyse at the University of Minnesota to learn about programs. 

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Guardian Energy, Janesville, Minnesota

Developing new markets will help MN corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the U.S.

Written by Jerry Demmer

Did you know that corn is an ingredient in more than 4,000 consumer products? Or that every gallon of regular unleaded fuel you put in your vehicle contains 10 percent ethanol made from corn?

Yes, corn is used for more than just feeding livestock. It touches our lives in many ways, whether we’re brushing our teeth (corn is an ingredient in tooth paste), going for a run (the soles of tennis shoes include corn),

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