Category: Farming

MN Corn Grows MN

MCGA invites all gubernatorial candidates to visit a family corn farm

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced it is inviting all 2018 gubernatorial candidates to a one-on-one farm experience with a Minnesota corn farmer. With this invitation, growers hope to build relationships and foster conversation about farmers’ commitment to conservation, and also emphasize the significant economic impact of agriculture in both rural and urban communities in Minnesota.

“Minnesota corn farmers look forward to hosting all gubernatorial candidates, regardless of political persuasion, on a farm to help share how growers are working to raise high quality crops while caring for our state’s natural resources,” said MCGA President Harold Wolle.

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NCGA Corn Congress 2017

Minnesota corn farmers attend NCGA’s 2017 Corn Congress

Written by Mariah Larson

Last week, 18 members of the MCGA and MCR&PC flew out to Washington D.C., to join delegates from across the U.S. for the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) 2017 Corn Congress. Held every July, NCGA’s two-day annual meeting elects officers to the NCGA board, reviews resolutions, hosts discussions related to U.S. agriculture, and meets with political leaders and government officials within agencies and departments in Washington.

A big topic of interest with the upcoming renewal next year,

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Former MCGA president remembered

Ray Thorn, Jr., (center)

First-ever Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Ray Thorn, Jr., passed away last week at the age of 75. Thorn will always be remembered by MCGA as a driving force behind uniting Minnesota corn growers to form the organization.

Thorn, who farmed just north of Mankato, led the first organized meeting with MCGA members in June 1978 attended by more than 150 corn growers. Thorn was an active voice in raising awareness of the need for corn farmers to take a role in helping market their commodity.

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Rain slows farmers in southern Minnesota, cold slows emergence in northwest

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The corn crop in Minnesota is on track, with most parameters ahead of the five-year average. However, with prolonged wet and cool conditions across the southern tier of the state, some farmers in the region are still planting. Moving northwest, farmers have seen dry conditions, but cold weather has led to slowed emergence.

The latest USDA report has corn planting in Minnesota nearing completion, with 96 percent of acreage planted.

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MN State Capitol

Legislative Recap: End of session and special session full of drama

The Legislature did not fully complete its business, including the passage of omnibus tax and budget bills, by the constitutional deadline of May 22nd at midnight, and went into a special session that finally concluded early Friday morning. Following is a report regarding key legislative issues important to farmers:

BUFFER LEGISLATION
The omnibus environmental and natural resources policy and finance bill was passed just before the close of the regular session. As amended,

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Buffers in eastern MN

Ag organizations and rural counties call for modifications and delay of state water buffer law

Eighteen Minnesota farm and agricultural organizations and several local government officials representing rural counties signed onto a joint letter to Governor Dayton and legislative leaders urgently requesting they make needed modifications to the water buffer law and delay its implementation date to give local governments and farmers enough time to comply.

The letter was led by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and signees include the Minnesota Farmers Union; Minnesota Farm Bureau;

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Farmer follows five principles for soil health

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Dozens of farmers recently spent the day trading their cover crop experiences and other soil health techniques at a field day event hosted by the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District. The setting was the Pipestone farm of Ian Cunningham, who uses cover crops as one element in a five-part pursuit of healthy soil.

On his farm, Cunningham keeps soil covered for as much of the year as possible,

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Innovation grants from MCGA

Safety review a year-round effort

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Safety should be a year-round habit on the farm, according to Dr. Bruce Alexander, director of Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). Many farmers are taking more time to make sure all their equipment is properly serviced – and the more methodical you can be, so not one piece of equipment is overlooked, the less risk you face.

“Farmers and agricultural workers have about six times as much risk of dying on the job as workers in other industries,” Alexander offers the sobering statistics.

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2017 Minnesota Session

MN Legislative Update: Lawmakers return to full agenda

Minnesota State Legislators return to St. Paul on April 18 with a significant number of issues to address during the closing five weeks of the 2017 session. Leaders in both the House and Senate established earlier committee deadlines to better manage larger pieces legislation before the session is scheduled to end and to avoid the potential for a special session. As a result, several bills with impacts to the agriculture sector could be taken up soon.

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2017 Legislative Update

Connect with lawmakers during legislative Spring Break

Talk to your legislators this week! State policymakers are making headway at the capitol on several significant issues. But before many of the major decisions are made, legislators will take a one-week break beginning April 10 to meet with local constituents and recharge.

The legislative Spring Break is the perfect time for Minnesota’s farmers to make their voices heard. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) urges members and others from rural Minnesota to contact state lawmakers and express their views about a few key issues that need to be resolved in the closing weeks of the 2017 legislative session.

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