Category: Agriculture

Getting to know MCGA's new farmer-leaders

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In recent elections, farmers Kirby Hettver, Paul Henning and Tim Wiersma were elected to serve on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors.

Hettver, 39, farms with his brothers in Chippewa County on a farm that has been in his family since 1902. Hettver and his brothers are fifth-generation farmers and grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 1,600 acres.

The brothers also have a seed business combined with custom planting and harvesting,

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U.S. Senate approves farm bill, sends to President Obama for signature

By a vote of 68-32, the U.S. Senate approved a new five-year farm bill on Tuesday afternoon. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law later this week.

Both Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, voted to pass the farm bill.

In a statement released shortly after the vote, Klobuchar said, “As a member of the Farm Bill conference committee,

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Agriculture in China: A student's perspective

By Kevin Welter

I met with my college advisor my sophomore year, and I recall her asking me if I had ever thought of studying abroad. I responded that I had never considered it. She promptly informed me of a two-week agriculture-focused study abroad trip to China in May 2013. It fulfilled a requirement to graduate, and I knew that a friend was already planning on participating as well. That was enough for me to decide to sign up,

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Farm Bill: We're getting close (for real this time…probably)

House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on a new five-year farm bill late Monday night that ends direct payments, strengthens crop insurance and trims nutrition programs (food stamps) by about 1 percent.

Under the new farm bill, growers would have the choice between traditional price supports or insurance-like protection against a drop in revenue. For more details, click here.

The House is expected to vote on the new farm bill,

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Minnesota well-represented at RFS Hearing in Des Moines, IA

A wave of farmers, business owners and renewable fuels supporters made the trek to Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday to take a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline.

“Hearing in the Heartland” was organized by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt after EPA refused to hold a public hearing on its RFS proposal in Iowa,

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Embracing technology on the farm (or how can this doohickey make me a better farmer)

It’s one thing for farmers to use the latest in farming technology. It’s another to make sure they’re getting the maximum return on their bottom lines when they invest in new technology.

That was was one of the many insights a panel of experts shared during a forum at MN Ag EXPO 2014 titled “Embracing Technology: Tools for Maintaining Future Profitability and Stewardship.”

Farmers today have access to more gizmos and gadgets than ever before.

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MN Ag EXPO 2014 comes to a close

Corn and soybean farmers from throughout Minnesota gathered at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Wednesday and Thursday to develop grassroots policy, network and discuss about the latest technology and happenings in the world of corn and soybean farming.

We will have more from MN Ag EXPO 2014 next week. For now, here are two video reports from the event:

KEYC – Mankato News, Weather, Sports –

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Corn Links: Catching up after the holidays

If you were too busy opening presents or ringing in the new year over the last week to keep up with the latest news from the world of corn farming and agriculture, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is what you missed, and a few things you should look forward to:

  • In an op-ed published in newspapers throughout Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “the equivalent of a football coach benching the quarterback midway through a winning season.”

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Corn in the Northern Valley: An Agvocate's Perspective

Written by Aaron Vipond

As many of you know, over the past 15 years corn acres have been rapidly expanding, especially in the northern crop regions of the United States and Canada. This expansion is helping to keep Minnesota the fourth largest corn producing state after Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

Today, in my home county of Mahnomen, Minn., located in the northwestern portion of the state, the USDA estimates that corn production has moved close to 5 million bushels.

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Register for MN Ag EXPO today!

It’s baaaaaack!

MN Ag EXPO 2014 is set to take place on Jan. 8-9 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Every year, Minnesota’s corn and soybean farmers come together for two days of valuable networking, educational opportunities, and yes, even a little bit of fun.

This year’s trade show will feature more than 80 exhibitors displaying products and information that can make you a better farmer.

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