Category: Agriculture

The Novak Family

Novak family recognized as ‘Farm Family of the Game’

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Novak family are hard-working, conservation-minded farmers in the northwest corner of Minnesota. They were recently honored at a University of Minnesota men’s hockey game, as the ‘Gophers Farm Family of the Game.’

Garrett and Andrea Novak, of St. Hilaire (six miles south of Thief River Falls) have four daughters: Natalie, 12; Miranda, 10; Aliyah, 7; and Bristol, 4. The two older daughters accompanied mom and dad to the game at Mariucci Arena,

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Kristie Swenson

CommonGround volunteers talk advanced plant breeding techniques

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With great precision, advanced plant breeding techniques with acronyms like CRISPR, CRISPR-Cas, and TALEN, will more reliably produce the food consumers are looking for and, at the same time, help farmers conserve natural resources, reduce impacts on the environment, and plant crops with a greater assurance that what they plant will grow to maturity and be gathered at harvest time.

A small group of CommonGround volunteers from across the U.S.

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World Soil Day: Dig into Soil Health

The Soil Health Partnership commemorates World Soil Day on Dec. 5 by encouraging farmers to consider ways they can improve soil health. Not sure where to start? Take a few minutes to watch this fun and informative white board video, “Farmers to the Rescue: How Healthy Soil Can Save the Planet.”

Soil Health PartnershipThe group also will host a Virtual Field Day Webinar on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m.

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Don’t miss the Conservation Tillage Conference Dec. 13-14

Written by Nicole Krumrie

Minnesota Corn is proud to sponsor the Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) coming up December 13-14, 2016. The two day conference, hosted in Fargo, North Dakota, features breakout sessions, table talks, farmer panels, demonstrations, and keynote speakers.

CTC is a great way for farmers to gain insight from other growers, agronomists, academic experts, and production economists on how to better conserve natural resources and on-farm inputs,

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Harold Wolle

MCGA seeks common sense solutions to health insurance concerns

Dear MCGA member,

Over the past few weeks, members have shared their stories with us regarding cancelled health insurance coverage and massive premium hikes. What we have heard overwhelmingly from our members is that options are limited and the options that are available are unaffordable, an issue further compounded by a struggling rural economy.

MCGA will be discussing potential solutions to pursue legislatively over the next few months during our grassroots process.

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Gone too soon

Written by Mark Hamerlinck, Assistant Executive Director

Our friend and colleague Adam Czech moved beyond this mortal place late Friday night, leaving behind two young sons, a loving wife and family and a contingent of friends and colleagues large enough to fill Lambeau Field. We who remain are left to struggle with the seeming senselessness of a good man taken from us much too soon.

I was Adam’s boss,

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Nitrogen Smart workshops are coming to your area

University of Minnesota Extension invites growers to attend one of several upcoming Nitrogen Smart workshops.

Nitrogen Smart focuses on fundamentals for maximizing economic return on nitrogen investments and minimizing nitrogen losses. Each workshop is tailored to fit that specific region of the state.

“The goal of these sessions is to help farmers gain a better understanding of how to manage nitrogen more effectively,” says Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension educator and workshop presenter.

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MCGA intern Nicole Krumrie with Maizey and T.C. Bear

Internship provides valuable experience, opportunities for growth

Written by Nicole Krumrie

This past summer, and continuing into March, I have had the opportunity to intern with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) in Shakopee, MN. This internship allowed me to grow and challenge myself in many ways that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Having a, primarily, dairy background in agriculture, I was drawn to this internship. I wanted the familiar aspects of representing one sector of agriculture but also the challenge of learning about a side of agriculture I knew very little about.

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Election 2016

2016 Election: A Minnesota recap

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Senior Public Policy Director

As we all form our own understanding and opinions about the 2016 election cycle and what it means to agriculture policy going forward, here’s a very brief update on how things shook out in Minnesota.

Big changes in the Minnesota Legislature:

The Minnesota Senate will change hands as the GOP made a net gain of 6 seats to take the majority.

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Battling wet conditions, harvest 2016

Farmers battling wet conditions, still getting the job done

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The late October skies brought another three inches of rain to southeast Minnesota and some parts of western Minnesota, while a wide band across the middle of the state got an inch-plus of unwanted rain: But farmers still managed to make significant harvest progress.

Northwest Minnesota has joined the ranks of major corn and soybean producing areas. John Swanson, of Mentor, who farms with his son,

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