Category: Agriculture

Twin Cities Moms group celebrates farmers, local food at CommonGround dinner

(Photo by Danielle Anderson)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Les and Jeanne Anderson and their three adult daughters, Danielle, Kelsey (and fiancé Jake) and Kirsten, welcomed fifty moms from the Twin Cities out to their corn and soybean farm in Welch last week. The metro area women spent the late afternoon learning about modern agriculture.

“Every year we’re growing more food, with less fertilizer per bushel,” says Les Anderson as he led guests on a tour of the farm,

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Ethanol exports, mid-level blends provide optimism for U.S. corn prices

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its outlook for 2017 U.S. corn, with September production and yield estimates up slightly from August. Just after the report was released, corn futures declined.

While demand for corn has struggled to keep up with record-breaking yields, international market share for U.S.-grown corn has decreased with additional countries entering the market. These factors and more have led to struggling corn prices and tight margins for Minnesota farm operations.

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Japanese ag official sees Minnesota grower leaders in action

Representing the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kimihiko Eura visited Minnesota last week with a full agenda, experiencing nearly every corner of Minnesota agriculture. USDA offices, co-ops, ethanol plants, and of course many farms were all included during his week-long stay.

Organized by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Eura’s trip to Minnesota was planned with the objective to gauge crop conditions, supply and demand of Minnesota corn and its storage capabilities.

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New tool helps farmers choose alternative practices to buffers

Alternatives to Buffers Management Tool:

  • Click here to access the Quick Start Guide.
  • Click here to access the Tool (please note, an Excel Spreadsheet will open)
  • Click here to access the AgroEcoregion Mapbook to find out which region your land is located in
  • If you have questions about the Alternatives to Buffers Management Tool, MCGA recommends you visit your local SWCD office.

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MN Corn Grows MN

MCGA invites gubernatorial candidates to the farm

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced it is inviting all 2018 gubernatorial candidates to a one-on-one farm experience with a Minnesota corn farmer. With this invitation, growers hope to build relationships and foster conversation about farmers’ commitment to conservation, and also emphasize the significant economic impact of agriculture in both rural and urban communities in Minnesota.

“Minnesota corn farmers look forward to hosting all gubernatorial candidates, regardless of political persuasion, on a farm to help share how growers are working to raise high quality crops while caring for our state’s natural resources,” said MCGA President Harold Wolle.

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NCGA Corn Congress 2017

Minnesota corn farmers attend NCGA’s 2017 Corn Congress

Written by Mariah Larson

Last week, 18 members of the MCGA and MCR&PC flew out to Washington D.C., to join delegates from across the U.S. for the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) 2017 Corn Congress. Held every July, NCGA’s two-day annual meeting elects officers to the NCGA board, reviews resolutions, hosts discussions related to U.S. agriculture, and meets with political leaders and government officials within agencies and departments in Washington.

A big topic of interest with the upcoming renewal next year,

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Minnesota Corn is a must-see at Farmfest 2017

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will have a little bit of everything at this year’s Farmfest, which runs Aug. 1-3 at Gillfillan Estate, near Morgan.

From conservation-minded research and policy updates to sweet corn ice cream and cookies made with Distillers’ Dried Grains (DDGS), there will be a lot of excitement at the MCGA tent located at the corner of Seed Road and Seventh Street.

Here is what you will find at the MCGA tent during Farmfest 2017:

  • Innovation Grant research spotlight: Corn farmer Brian Velde’s approach to irrigation defines the “innovation” aspect of MCGA’s farmer-led research program focused on conservation.

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MCGA president joins state officials in Cuba trade mission

Last week Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle joined state officials and agricultural leaders in a trade mission to Cuba in an effort to develop the country as a market for corn exports. For Minnesota-grown corn, the trip was hopefully the beginning of many conversations to develop a trade relationship for the commodity.

Wolle, along with Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, State Senator Julie Rosen and other representatives from ag commodity groups,

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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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