Category: Agriculture

Groundwater Protection Rule: What’s next?

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) released the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule – previously referred to as the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule – on April 24, 2018. The Groundwater Protection Rule was formally published in the Minnesota State Register on April 30th, followed by an 80-day comment period.

The proposed Groundwater Protection Rule, the statement of need and reasonableness, appendixes for the statement of need and reasonableness and the notice of public hearings are listed on the MDA website here. 

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Meet Kenzie Barth, MCGA’s 2018-2019 intern

By Kenzie Barth, Minnesota Corn Growers Association 2018-2019 student intern

Hello! My name is Kenzie Barth, and I’m the 2018-2019 Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) student intern. I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, double majoring in plant science and agricultural communication & marketing. I’m from Upsala in Morrison County. On campus, I’m serving as the 2018-2019 CFANS Student Senator, and I’m involved with the Beta of Clovia sorority and the Gopher Crops and Soils Club.

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USDA: Minnesota farmers decrease corn acreage in 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Prospective Plantings Report forecasts a 7-percent decrease in Minnesota corn acres planted in 2018. Nationally, corn acres are expected to decrease 2 percent. Of the 48 estimating states, 33 are forecasted to decrease or maintain corn acreage this spring.

In comparison, soybean acres are forecasted to decrease 2 percent this year in Minnesota. Nationally, a 1-percent drop in planted acres is expected. Wheat acres planted are expected to increase 38 percent in Minnesota and 3 percent nationally.

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Minnesota ag community unites for long-term sustainability

In 2015, the state legislature established the Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) Program to hire researchers and improve infrastructure at University of Minnesota colleges and Extension sites. The goal of the investment is to achieve long-term sustainability in agriculture.

Now three years in, the first round of funding has led to the hiring of 14 faculty positions, five Extension educators and a number of needed infrastructure upgrades in areas like crop and livestock productivity,

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Setting the stage for profitability

By Kirby Hettver, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

In a time of low commodity prices, the future can be difficult to envision as we focus on making the most of our crop today. At the same time, it is crucial we continue to put the pieces in place for future success in the areas we can control.

The investment you and your fellow farmers make in the Minnesota corn check-off is setting the stage for improved profitability.

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Taking the measure of political climate at Ag EXPO

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

For 20 years, Blois Olson has been an avid watcher and observer of politics, business and culture in the Twin Cities and the entire region. He got into writing about farm issues because of all the clicks.

That is, all the mouse clicks. He launched e-newsletters Business Take and Morning Take, which cover the latest in local business and politics, respectively, as web-based clearing houses of all the information that was pouring in from his carefully cultivated sources in every sector.

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MDA brings rural mental health education to professionals of all backgrounds

In response to stressful times for farmers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting “Down on the Farm” seminars for anyone who interacts with farmers on a regular basis. The goal is to help professionals of all backgrounds in rural areas recognize mental and emotional distress in the farming community and employ strategies that help farmers in stressful situations.

“People who don’t interact with farmers will find out more about what makes them tick and the potential stresses in their life,” said Meg Moynihan,

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MCGA to show how “MN Corn Grows MN” at Ag EXPO

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will yet again have a large presence at MN Ag EXPO 2018, held in Mankato Jan. 24-25 at the Verizon Wireless Center. Located in booth 47, MCGA will be telling the many stories of how “MN Corn Grows MN.”

Introduced at Farmfest in August, the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign was launched to build awareness around the many ways the state’s corn sector benefits all Minnesotans.

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MCGA Annual Meeting returns to MN Ag EXPO

MN Ag EXPO 2018 is only two weeks away, and with that comes the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Annual Meeting. On Jan. 25, corn farmers from throughout the state will congregate at the Verizon Wireless Center for a comprehensive update on MCGA activities, elections, resolutions and more.

Following the MCGA Resolution Session, MCGA President Kirby Hettver will kick off the annual meeting. Corn growers in attendance will receive an update on MCGA financials and membership,

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Ethanol and its future in retail to be examined at Ag EXPO

The past year has been encouraging for ethanol, as important milestones were met and progress was made in spreading awareness of the new unleaded 88 octane (E15) fuel option at the pump.

Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition of Ethanol, will be giving a presentation at MN Ag EXPO 2018, held Jan. 24-25 in Mankato, examining the future of ethanol from a retail perspective, including its growing benefit to retailers and consumers.

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