Category: Agriculture

Vietnam DDGS inspection team tours Minnesota farm and ethanol plant

A group of 13 trade delegates from Vietnam recently visited the farm of Harold Wolle in St. James, Minn., and the Poet Biorefining ethanol plant in Lake Crystal as part of a weeklong fact-finding tour. The group was impressed by the productivity of American farmers and agribusinesses, and they were reassured by seeing firsthand the quality of their products.

A major objective of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), which helped organize the trade mission,

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$1.1 Million grant funds farmer-driven water quality research

Farmers believe that raising food efficiently goes hand in hand with taking good care of the soil and the water.

The farmer-funded Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) has received its first major grant from an outside organization— a $1.1 million grant to fund a project called “Developing Diagnostics to Improve Water Quality and Soil Health on Tile Drained Lands in Minnesota and Wisconsin.” The money comes from USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Minnesota corn farmers encourage Congress to pass TPP in 2016

Did you know that agricultural exports provide over 20 percent of U.S. farm income and support one million American jobs? Or that one in every three farm acres is planted for export? Or how about the fact that for every $1 of agricultural exports, another $1.22 is generated in business activity, sending a positive ripple effect throughout the entire economy, especially in rural areas?

Yes, trade plays a major role in boosting the U.S.

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Farmers: Report crop losses to crop insurance agent BEFORE harvesting

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is reminding farmers to contact their crop insurance agent before harvesting fields to report and verify crop losses.

Heavy rains throughout Minnesota have left some farmers dealing with issues like flooded fields, mold and stalk rot caused by wet soil. A 24-hour period from Sept. 21-22 saw some areas of the state get drenched with anywhere from 5-10 inches of rain.

“Don’t hesitate to contact your crop insurance agent about losses.

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Farmers foster soil health to fight wind erosion

Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler's farm near Lake Wilson.

Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler’s farm near Lake Wilson.

On Thursday, despite rain and the threat of thunder, a group of farmers crowded around a pit dug in the midst of row crops almost ready to harvest. They were eager to hear about techniques to assure the health of the soil on their farms for generations to come.

Two soil experts pointed out the layer-cake quality and texture found in healthy soil.

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Minnesota corn farmer testifies at pollinator and neonic hearing

A legislative hearing last week focused on Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent executive order on protecting pollinators, specifically a section of the order that requires farmers to prove that they face “imminent danger of significant crop loss” before they can make foliar applications of neonictinoids. MDA is also requesting regulatory authority of treated seeds.

Brian Thalmann, a fifth-generation farmer near Plato, Minn., and a director on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association board, was the lone farmer to testify at the hearing.

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Celebrating food and farming at UMN

 By Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke

Ag & Food Day 2016The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and many others came together for the 4th Annual Celebrate Ag & Food Day. The festivities took place just outside TCF Bank Stadium prior to the Gopher football game this past weekend.

Football (and food) fans were treated to a free tailgate party where they had the opportunity to try some sweet corn ice cream,

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Fields of Fun: UMN to host Celebrate Ag & Food Day on September 10

By Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke

UMN Celebrate Ag & Food DayFood, farmers, and football. What more could a UMN fan ask for?

The University of Minnesota is holding Celebrate Ag & Food Day once again this Saturday, September 10  before the 11 am kickoff of Gopher football. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) has invited several student and agriculture groups to share their stories of agriculture, food, and fiber to the thousands of Gopher football fans who will flood campus on Saturday.

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MCGA offering conservation innovation grants for the second year

Minnesota corn farmers will once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) Innovation Grant Program. Proposals on how to better manage nitrogen, protect water quality, or compare farming measuring tools are being accepted through Dec. 15, 2016.

MCGA, working alongside the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC), is offering a total of $255,000 in Innovation Grants to any Minnesota corn farmer seeking to test or develop an innovative or best practice in the following areas:

  • Nitrate loss reduction
  • Improved nitrogen management practices for Minnesota soils
  • Maintaining or improving water quality
  • Innovative soil conservation practices,

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An update on the Little Rock Creek sustainable groundwater use planning project

A group of about two dozen residents of Morrison and Benton counties held its fifth meeting with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) late last month to discuss issues surrounding groundwater and water quality concerns in and around Little Rock Creek. The DNR hopes to use feedback from the group to develop a plan to guide groundwater management in the area for the next five years.

Group members expressed concern that irrigators were being unfairly singled out as the cause of problems on Little Creek.

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