Category: Partnerships

National Corn Growers Association announces new CEO

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board has named Jon Doggett as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Effective immediately, Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization’s 61-year history.

Doggett has served in the capacity of NCGA interim CEO since Aug. 1 and as NCGA executive vice president since late 2014. Prior to that, he served as vice president of public policy, and has continuously managed the organization’s Washington, D.C., office,

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Soil Health Partnership hires new executive director

The Soil Health Partnership has hired Shefali Mehta, an agricultural and environmental economist, as its new executive director. Mehta takes over the long-term data intiative that measures and quantifies the impact of farm management practices known to promote healthy soils at a paramount time in the organization’s growth.

“I was drawn to the data component of this effort because I strongly believe using data fully and thoughtfully allows us to make better decisions,” Mehta said.

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Get to know “A Greater Minnesota” and its vision for Minnesota agriculture

The following was authored by A Greater Minnesota, which is a coalition of organizations dedicated to good farms, food and jobs in the state. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is one of eight members supporting its mission to make Minnesota a leading state in agriculture. 

Through A Greater Minnesota (AGM), our goal is to make Minnesota a leading state in agriculture and a greater competitor in the global food economy.

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Farmfest Livestream brings forums to viewers statewide

From gubernatorial candidates and senate hopefuls to the future of biofuels, the forums scheduled at Farmfest this year will be can’t-miss viewing for the state’s ag sector. For those unable to make the trip to Gilfillan Estate, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to announce its partnership with IDEAg and Farmfest for the first-ever Farmfest Livestream of each panel discussion.

The Farmfest Livestream will make each forum held in the Wick Building viewable from home at

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Minnesota corn growers foster innovation

For Minnesotans removed from agriculture, the sprawling fields and traditional red barn visible from the interstate may be their idea of modern farming. The reality is today’s farmers are bringing previously unthinkable levels of innovation to their craft.

Minnesota’s corn farmers are on the forefront of agricultural evolution. Through their investment in the corn check-off, the state’s corn growers devote more than $4 million annually in research that shapes the future of agriculture and the way we use agricultural products.

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Students tackle ag issues in 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The fourth-annual 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge, most recently held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in mid-June, is a competition featuring teams of junior high and high school students tasked with finding solutions for important issues facing agriculture today.

This year’s winners, three young women from Beltrami County, developed a curriculum for teaching students in grades three through five about the science and the value of GMO food crops.

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‘Field To Fork’ Blogger Bash connects farmers, foodies

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Last week, CommonGround Minnesota held it’s annual “Field To Fork” Blogger Bash, inviting Twin Cities bloggers and foodies to Wolf Creek Dairy near Dundas for an evening of conversation about food and farming.

Guests toured the farm and used the power of social media to bring their fans along as they learned about modern agriculture. For example, those following along online learned that it takes a mere 48 hours from the time the cows are milked,

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MCGA partners with WCCO to bring Farmfest Gubernatorial Candidate Forum to statewide audience

Candidates to be the next governor of Minnesota will make the trip to Gilfillian Estates on Wednesday, Aug. 8, for the Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidate Forum. Sponsored by the IDEAg Group, the forum is scheduled for 10:30-11:50 a.m. in the Wick Building on the Farmfest grounds and will be broadcast live by WCCO News Radio.

As the official broadcast partner of WCCO’s live coverage from Farmfest, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) looks forward to the opportunity to raise awareness about the issues impacting Minnesota agriculture.

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Early results indicate corn could feed surging shrimp industry

While 1.6 billion pounds of shrimp is consumed annually in the United States, 80 percent of its supply is imported. Balaton-based trū Shrimp is looking to change that by growing healthy shrimp in southwestern Minnesota, and it is researching corn as its main food source.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association, under the direction of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, is working with trū Shrimp researchers to explore corn as a cost-efficient and nutritious feed for its growing shrimp.

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TC Road Crew brings corn-themed fun to 5,000-plus students

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) again brought the corn-themed fun to Twin Cities’ classrooms this school year in a partnership with Twin Cities (TC) Road Crew. For the last three years, TC Road Crew has visited metro area elementary schools with Minnesota Corn mascot Maizey to share information about corn farming with a young, engaged audience who may not have a connection to the farm.

During the last school year, TC Road Crew brought their corn curriculum to 20 different metro elementary schools,

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