Category: Agriculture

Farming and ag stand out in international report on consumer trust

An international report by public relations firm Edelman recently unveiled the high level of consumer trust for the food and beverage industry and the ag sector specifically, while also raising concerns about the widening trust gap between those considered informed and the mass population.

First, the business subsector of food and beverage is trusted by 66 percent of people, compared to only 52 percent trusting business as a whole. In each of the 28 countries surveyed,

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Mental health on the farm

Being a farmer is unlike any other profession, and with that comes unique challenges. As farm operations continue to grow and increase in complexity, mental health is a crucial tool in navigating those daily hurdles, said Ted Matthews, a rural mental health specialist who counsels Minnesota families.

In his years working with farmers across greater Minnesota, Matthews has found farmers, especially the older generation, are less likely to address mental health with outside help.

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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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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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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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Buffers in eastern MN

Ag organizations and rural counties call for modifications and delay of state water buffer law

Eighteen Minnesota farm and agricultural organizations and several local government officials representing rural counties signed onto a joint letter to Governor Dayton and legislative leaders urgently requesting they make needed modifications to the water buffer law and delay its implementation date to give local governments and farmers enough time to comply.

The letter was led by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and signees include the Minnesota Farmers Union; Minnesota Farm Bureau;

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American corn and ethanol find receptive market in Taiwan

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The US grain harvest in 2012, which was smaller than expected, forced loyal customers like Taiwan to look elsewhere for the poultry and hog feed previously provided by U.S. farmers, causing U.S. share of Taiwan’s grain market to drop 40 percent.

Not taking the change passively, the U.S. Grains Council developed the Grain Quality Condition report, which informs markets like Taiwan on the quality of U.S.

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Innovation grants from MCGA

Safety review a year-round effort

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Safety should be a year-round habit on the farm, according to Dr. Bruce Alexander, director of Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). Many farmers are taking more time to make sure all their equipment is properly serviced – and the more methodical you can be, so not one piece of equipment is overlooked, the less risk you face.

“Farmers and agricultural workers have about six times as much risk of dying on the job as workers in other industries,” Alexander offers the sobering statistics.

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MN Planting 2017: Reason for optimism

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

If USDA estimates prove true, farmers will plant 450,000 fewer acres of corn in Minnesota while increasing soybean acres by around 700,000 acres. The total state planting in these principal crops will be 8 million acres and 8.25 million for corn and soybeans, respectively.

According to the USDA, corn planted area nationwide for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.0 million acres,

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