Category: Agriculture

Summer Camp: Farm Style

Written by: Nicole Krumrie

During their last few weeks of the summer, MCGA Interns Nicole Krumrie and Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke have been traveling across the state for Farm Camp Minnesota. During the four camps in Rice, Waseca and Dundas, Nicole and Haleigh have given 144 lessons to youth grades 3-6.

The lesson started off with Nicole leading the ‘corn detectives’ to identify parts of the corn plant and explain why they are unique and beneficial to the plant.

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A-Maize-ing Corn Day at the Minnesota State Fair

 Written by: Nicole Krumrie

1255526_199837903527933_496626651_nThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be hosting ‘A-Maize-ing Corn Day’ on Friday, August 26 on the Christensen Farm Stage. MCGA will be having kids activities from 10 am-4 pm on the stage, located next to the Miracle of Birth Center on the corner of Judsen Avenue and Clough Street at the Minnesota State Fair.

“The Minnesota State Fair is an opportunity for fair goers and families to learn about agriculture and we hope to extend that during ‘A-Maize-ing Corn Day’,” said MCGA Intern Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke.

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Food and farming questions answered at "Field to Fork" event

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

She came to the farm Tuesday night with a lot of appreciation for what farmers do, but also with some burning questions.

Barb Schank, the school nutrition director for Waconia Independent School District, feeds 4,000 kids every school day, and she wants to know what’s in the pork products her students eat.

Wanda Patsche, a corn and soybean farmer and a hog producer,

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Cashing in Kernels for Camp Courage

Written by Nicole Krumrie

For over 60 years, FFA chapters across the state have been collecting corn donations as a fundraiser for Camp Courage. Donations from the Minnesota FFA have made it possible to send children and adults with disabilities to camp as well as help maintain and build additional facilities at camp like the Speech and Hearing Therapy building, a greenhouse, and a dining hall.

 

In 1953,

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Striking gold, helping farmers test new ideas

Written by Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke

When it comes to agricultural research, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has hit a gold mine. Where is this gold mine you may ask? Well, it’s in the brain of every farmer.

While scientists go to school to learn the scientific method and the biological processes they work with, farmers live and breathe agriculture. Farmers have to use their brains every day to come up with solutions to problems and ideas to make their practice better.

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MCGA invites farmers to attend district meetings

MCGAThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be hosting six District Meetings around the state this fall. These meetings are free and open to all farmers.

The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for farmers to become better acquainted with recent activities of MCGA, as well as hear about what lies ahead for agriculture in Minnesota. There will also be a question and answer session with state MCGA staff and farmer leaders.

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MCGA wraps up another great year at Farmfest

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmfest, the largest outdoor farm show in Minnesota, wrapped up its three-day 2016 show last Thursday. Once again there was a strong presence by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

On Tuesday, MCGA sponsored “Ag Innovation Day,” which featured panel discussions, as well as a presentation by Minnesota 4-H student teams. These teams were some of the top finishers in 4-H’s Science of Agriculture challenge.

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Farmer demonstrates benefits of stewardship practices

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

John and Jewell Peterson, and their kids Nate, Nic and Natasha, all enthusiastically joined the Minnesota Discovery Farms program six years ago. The family produces corn and soybeans in North Branch and for decades they have worked hard to conserve soil and prevent nutrients from running into the St. Croix River watershed.

“The data shows we are doing a pretty good job with the no-till,” says John Peterson.

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Minnesota Corn will be well-represented at Farmfest 2016

FamFest 2016The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will once again have a strong presence at Farmfest 2016, which will be held next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Gillfillan Estate, near Morgan.

Visitors can stop by the MCGA tent on the corner of Seed Road and Seventh Street to renew their association membership (or become a new member), learn more about MCGA’s 2016 Innovation Grant recipients, ask questions about the MCGA-sponsored Nitrogen Smart program,

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Conservation Innovation at its finest

Written by Nicole Krumrie, MCGA intern

When some people think of scientists, they think of someone wearing goggles and a white lab coat. When some think about a farmer, they tend to think of an older man wearing jean coveralls and a straw hat with a piece of hay hanging out of his mouth.

What many don’t consider is that a farmer is a scientist in their field every day.  

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