Category: Agriculture

Minnesota corn farmer testifies at pollinator and neonic hearing

A legislative hearing last week focused on Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent executive order on protecting pollinators, specifically a section of the order that requires farmers to prove that they face “imminent danger of significant crop loss” before they can make foliar applications of neonictinoids. MDA is also requesting regulatory authority of treated seeds.

Brian Thalmann, a fifth-generation farmer near Plato, Minn., and a director on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association board, was the lone farmer to testify at the hearing.

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Celebrating food and farming at UMN

 By Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke

Ag & Food Day 2016The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and many others came together for the 4th Annual Celebrate Ag & Food Day. The festivities took place just outside TCF Bank Stadium prior to the Gopher football game this past weekend.

Football (and food) fans were treated to a free tailgate party where they had the opportunity to try some sweet corn ice cream,

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Fields of Fun: UMN to host Celebrate Ag & Food Day on September 10

By Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke

UMN Celebrate Ag & Food DayFood, farmers, and football. What more could a UMN fan ask for?

The University of Minnesota is holding Celebrate Ag & Food Day once again this Saturday, September 10  before the 11 am kickoff of Gopher football. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) has invited several student and agriculture groups to share their stories of agriculture, food, and fiber to the thousands of Gopher football fans who will flood campus on Saturday.

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MCGA offering conservation innovation grants for the second year

Minnesota corn farmers will once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) Innovation Grant Program. Proposals on how to better manage nitrogen, protect water quality, or compare farming measuring tools are being accepted through Dec. 15, 2016.

MCGA, working alongside the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC), is offering a total of $255,000 in Innovation Grants to any Minnesota corn farmer seeking to test or develop an innovative or best practice in the following areas:

  • Nitrate loss reduction
  • Improved nitrogen management practices for Minnesota soils
  • Maintaining or improving water quality
  • Innovative soil conservation practices,

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An update on the Little Rock Creek sustainable groundwater use planning project

A group of about two dozen residents of Morrison and Benton counties held its fifth meeting with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) late last month to discuss issues surrounding groundwater and water quality concerns in and around Little Rock Creek. The DNR hopes to use feedback from the group to develop a plan to guide groundwater management in the area for the next five years.

Group members expressed concern that irrigators were being unfairly singled out as the cause of problems on Little Creek.

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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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