Category: Agriculture

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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Warm fall soil temps delay nitrogen application

Written by Anne Struffert and Greg Klinger
University of Minnesota Extension Educators in Agricultural Water Quality Protection

Despite delays due to wet weather, harvest is in progress or already finished for most Minnesota row crop acres. Now an important decision for many farmers is whether or not, and when, to apply fall nitrogen fertilizer. Fall nitrogen fertilizer is only recommended in the northern and western part of the state where climate and soils make nitrogen loss less likely.

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Harold Wolle provides a tour to a U.S. Grain Council trade team

Marketing MN farm products to the world

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

How important are export markets to Minnesota farmers?

  • $539.5 million in annual sales of grain and grain products
  • $1.2 billion in total economic output generated
  • $381.7 million of the Gross State Product (GSP)
  • 3,988 Minnesota jobs supported by export sales

(source: Value of Trade Study, 2014, US Grains Council)

“We have grown a tremendous crop this year,

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Flooded field, southern Minnesota

Battling wet conditions, Minnesota farmers wrap up bean harvest, more than half the corn is in the bin

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

This late summer and fall season in Minnesota has proved the saying that rain makes grain, with high yields being seen for both soybeans and corn.

“The yields are fantastic, for both soybeans and corn. The moisture level on the corn is nice and dry despite the wet weather. It’s running around 17 to 20 percent, and the quality is excellent,” reports Jerry Demmer, from his farm near Clarks Grove in south central Minnesota.

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Farmers: Remember to complete NASS surveys

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in your mailbox soon—and it’s very important that you take the time to complete it.

The number of farmers completing the NASS survey has been declining in recent years, and that’s bad news for farmers. Survey results are important in determining the implementation of farm payments and programs—from the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program (county option) to the Price Loss Coverage Program—even farm appraisals.

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