Category: Partnerships

CommonGround unites women in ag, metro moms for night of cooking and conversation

CommonGround Minnesota once again partnered with Twin Cities Moms Blog for an evening of cooking and conversation with women in agriculture and Twin Cities metro moms. The event, held at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul, was an opportunity to connect with an influential metro audience to discuss modern farming and food production.

The sold-out event began with a meet-and-greet between CommonGround volunteers, who traveled to the Twin Cities from farms and rural communities located across Greater Minnesota,

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Minnesota Corn partners with policy podcast, Beers with Blois

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association partnered with a new podcast titled “Beers with Blois,” hosted by Fluence Media founder Blois Olson. In each episode, Olson hosts candid conversations with Minnesota political leaders.

Guests to date have included Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Sen. Tom Bakk, Rep. Kurt Daudt and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

As a supporter of the podcast, MCGA is featured at the start of each podcast,

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Science of Ag Challenge highlights next generation of ag leaders

(From the left) Haley Mouser, Theresa Gustafson and Lily Krona talk about their project with Minnesota State 4-H Director, Dr. Jennifer Skuza

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

They call themselves “Team Future Generation” because they are on a mission to spark talented young people like themselves to join the agriculture industry they love.

Haley Mouser, Theresa Gustafson and Lily Krona are farm kids and 4-H’ers from the Bemidji area.

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Potential growth opportunities for American farm exports

President Dan Halstrom addresses USMEF members at the organization’s Spring Conference Meeting in Kansas City.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Tim Waibel, a Minnesota Corn Growers Association board member and a farmer in Courtland, heard about the latest developments in trade, updates on African Swine Fever, and more at the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Spring Conference in Kansas City.

Waibel and his family raise hogs,

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Register today for the CommonGround Workshop, set for June 17-18

CommonGround Minnesota’s annual workshop returns June 17-18 in St. Paul with an excellent agenda designed to help attendees grow as agriculture advocates.

The event is open to Minnesota women in agriculture who are interested in learning more about the CommonGround program and gaining valuable insights from a great line-up of speakers.

The 2019 workshop begins the afternoon of June 17 with two focus groups, one made up of moms from the Twin Cities metro and the other group consisting of ‘foodies’ from the Twin Cities area.

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MCR&PC member Albin honored for work on U.S. Grains Council

(Albin, third from right, represented corn farmers during a 2017 trade trip in Taiwan)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Doug Albin has traveled to Taiwan and found gratitude from the country’s feed industry representatives, who appreciate Albin making the long trip to talk about the corn, ethanol and distillers grains made in Minnesota. The effort was one of many Albin has made over the years through the U.S.

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Nitrogen Smart seminar continues from the comfort of your home

Nitrogen Smart recently wrapped up its fourth year of seminars across Minnesota farm country focused on the fundamentals of nitrogen management. For farmers unable to attend, University of Minnesota Extension launched an online version of Nitrogen Smart that farmers can now take year-round at home.

An identical curriculum to in-person seminars, Nitrogen Smart’s new and interactive training program creates a unique experience for producers based on their own operation and region.

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Nitrogen fertilizer application

TransFARMation shares stories of on-farm stress

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Red River Farm Network (RRFN) have come together to produce a new radio series called TransFARMation focused on on-farm stress. Set to debut April 8, the series will use farm radio, podcasts and social media to feature stories from farmers navigating today’s challenging times on the farm while highlighting the resources available for help.

Meg Moynihan, state programs administrator with MDA, worked alongside RRFN President Don Wick to organize TransFARMation.

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Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference returns with a focus on change

Now in its 21st year, the Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference returns April 10 with an agenda focused on better responding to the ever-evolving landscape on the farm. Held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, the day-long event features quality programming, leadership development and networking—all focused on helping attendees better endure change in agriculture.

“Change seems to be the one constant in our world, everything is always in flux,” conference co-founder Doris Mold said.

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Soil Health Summit takes a look at soil health by the numbers

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In its fifth season, the Soil Health Partnership has worked with corn farmers across the United States to acquire data that assesses soil health practices on the farm.

Now equipped with years of research, SHP is ready to share the impact of those practices using numbers acquired on the farm to tell the story, according to Executive Director Shefali Mehta. She will convene SHP’s Soil Health Summit this week in St.

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