Category: Agriculture

Minnesota Gophers Farm Family of the Game goes to 5th Generation Dodge County Farmers

There’s a shade tree on Roger Toquam’s farm that sometimes doubles as a board room. On a hot day last week, the “board room” was packed for a very important meeting.

Roger, two of his three sons, and Roger’s father – three generations of Toquams — were gathered to talk farming. They covered strategies for improving their corn, soybean and contract hog finishing farm, and also reflected a little on how fortunate they all are to be a part of such a special family “business.”

“I thought to myself,

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Ag Water Quality Experts Tour Minnesota Discovery Farms Network

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers want to know the volume of nutrients and sediment leaving their land. Eleven such producers across the state of Minnesota take part in Minnesota Discovery Farms Network, and three of these farms hosted a tour of agricultural water quality experts on Aug. 13-15 from states that have each developed their own Discovery Farms network.

Warren Formo, director of Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center,

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What will it take to surpass the next yield barrier?

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Lantz brothers, Matt and Luke, achieve consistently high yields on their Lake Crystal farm where they feed all of their grain to their farrow-to-finish operation (60,000 pigs a year). The total crop land in production is 2,800 acres in rotation, with about a third devoted to soybeans.

“This is not about getting to some high number once, but it’s about increasing by five bushels here with one practice,

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Corn is Everywhere at the Minnesota State Fair

A search for “corn” using the Minnesota State Fair’s food finder tool yields 122 results. That’s a lot of options for fairgoers attending The Great Minnesota Get Together to find some type of food — corn on the cob, corn dogs, corn-fed meat or popcorn — that uses corn in one way or another.

But food stands won’t be the only place to learn about corn at the Minnesota State Fair,

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Let's Help the Poultry Industry Better Understand Ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Standard

For some reason, our fellow farmers in the poultry industry still do not understand the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and ethanol.

Maybe they’ll get it if corn farmers contact them directly.

This recent commentary in the Star Tribune, penned by a turkey and a chicken producer, attacked the RFS and called on Congress to reduce the ethanol blend rate. The piece also blamed ethanol for increased food and feed costs by making the same old tired and dated food vs.

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"Uniting" a Major Theme at 2013 Minnesota Agriculture Leadership Conference

As the number of people in farm circles gets smaller, it’s more important than ever before for agriculture groups to become more united in their efforts to shape sensible farm policy and fend off attacks on issues like biotechnology, ethanol and the environment.

“Uniting” was a major theme of the 2013 Minnesota Agriculture Leadership Conference earlier this week in Brainerd. More than 160 farmers, policy makers, business leaders and elected officials addressed issues related to agriculture,

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RMA Administrator Talks Crop Insurance at Minnesota Ag Leadership Conference

What if farmers didn’t have the option to purchase crop insurance and instead had to wait for congress to pass an ad-hoc disaster bill if a weather-related event led to significant crop loss? Would the same congress that can’t pass a farm bill and sent us over the fiscal cliff act quickly enough — or at all — to assist farmers?

Thankfully, farmers are able to invest in their own protection and overcome weather events such as last year’s drought in the Midwest or this year’s wet Minnesota spring.

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Corn Views: Machinery Repair Tax Hurts Farmers, Rural Minnesota

Tom HaagBy Tom Haag, Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

During a news conference on July 8, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton said dumping the new tax on farm machinery repair would be his first priority, if the economy allows.

Minnesota’s corn farmers thank the Governor for recognizing the impact of this tax and hope this will top his agenda when the legislature reconvenes in February. Actually, the gratitude would extend beyond just farmers.

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Everything you Need to Know about MCGA at Farmfest 2013

The farm bill, renewable energy and a new tax on machinery repair were three topics that generated buzz at Farmfest 2013, which started on Tuesday and wrapped up on Thursday this week in Morgan.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was once again well represented at the event. Corn farmers, MCGA partners and MCGA staff conducted 41 interviews with a variety of media outlets over the three-day event. Topics ranged from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and surging ethanol sales to farmer-led water quality initiatives and research projects.

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Update on the Farm Bill as MCGA Heads to Farmfest

Minnesota Corn Growers Association staff is heading to Farmfest Monday morning. Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz are scheduled to appear, and will likely provide an update on the chances of a new farm bill passing by Sept. 30, when the current legislation expires.

We will do our best to update MinnesotaCORNerstone.com while at Farmfest with the latest from Minnesota’s largest annual farm show. Meantime, here are some recent news stories about the status of the new farm bill and its chances of passing when Congress reconvenes in late this summer.

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