Category: Partnerships

New service brings livestock to farmers for grazing opportunities

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Providing low-cost feed for the cattle while enriching soil, grazing is one of the five principles of crop land soil health. But for farmers who have the right operation to utilize grazing, just finding livestock producers who are willing and able to transport their herds can be tricky.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Cropland Grazing Exchange has just marked its first year of helping approximately 100 livestock farmers and row crop farmers make that connection by serving as matchmaker between the two.

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Video tells the story of farmers as water quality producers

(Soil scientist Kevin Kuehner checks the edge-of-field monitoring equipment at a site near Bridge Creek in Southeastern Minnesota.)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A newly released video (see below) shows the efforts by farmers to implement practices that prevent soil and nutrient loss in three small watersheds of southeastern Minnesota’s Root River. The ultimate goal over the decade-plus effort by farmers in the watershed is enhancing the water quality of nearby streams.

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Farm Camp Minnesota

Register today for Farm Camp Minnesota

Farm Camp Minnesota returns this summer for its seventh year, and registration is now open for children in grades three-six who are interested in attending the fun and educational day camp.

Farm Camp will be held at three different farm locations, including in the Sartell area (held on July 17), Waseca area (Aug. 13 and 14), and the Northfield area near Dundas (Aug. 16). Each camp is organized by local farmers and supported by farm organizations,

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MARL enters 18th year of training leaders in agriculture

(MARL participants toured Croatia to learn more about its developing ag sector)

Participants in the Minnesota Agriculture Research Program (MARL) recently capped off the 18-month program with an international study seminar in Croatia. The trip abroad is one of many experiences MARL graduates are exposed to as they work to become better leaders in Minnesota’s ag sector.

MARL was officially launched in 2000 as a two-year program open to ag professionals with leadership experience interested in learning applicable skills in leadership,

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A potential revolution in plant disease prevention

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Lactonase is a commonly occurring enzyme. With a small genetic tweak, it could start a revolution in agriculture by replacing chemical crop protection treatments in a way that arrests the evolution of bacteria that cause plant infection.

Two researchers spent a day at MN Ag Expo, held in January, to tell farmers about the investigation into this enzyme. It’s a project supported by the Minnesota Corn Research &

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Commodity Classic 2018 recap in pictures

Commodity Classic 2018 wrapped up last week in Anaheim. Held Feb. 26-Mar. 1, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention brought together representatives from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. While news surfaced about changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, Commodity Classic 2018 went on with numerous productive meetings and educational opportunities for corn growers.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was again well represented at Commodity Classic.

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MCR&PC member sees growth of Moroccan farming firsthand

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) member Chad Willis recently joined the U.S. Grains Council in Morocco to see the country’s emerging ag sector up close and its opportunities for American agricultural exports.

The group of U.S. corn, sorghum, barley and livestock farmers visited the facilities and farms that support Moroccan agriculture, which employs nearly 40 percent of the country’s labor force. While historically farming was limited to people only producing enough to feed their families,

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County corn associations offer scholarships to local students

County corn grower associations throughout Minnesota are offering scholarships to local students interested in a career in agriculture. Ranging from $500 to more than $3,000, below you will find information on each and how you can apply.

With due dates coming fast, be sure to find your local county organization and apply today!

Dakota/Rice County Corn & Soybean Growers: Apply here

  • Who qualifies: High school seniors planning on studying an agriculture-related field
  • Amount: $3,200
  • Deadline: March 14
  • The recipient of the scholarship will also receive a sponsorship to attend the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leadership Conference

Dodge County Corn &

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Setting the stage for profitability: Political engagement

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that.

The legislative session is underway, as policy makers convene in St.

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Finding the ‘just right’ volume of cover crop growth

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

How can farmers get the maximum benefit from cover crops in a corn-soybean operation? One scientist tackled the topic at the Fourth Annual Minnesota Nitrogen Management Conference, held recently in St. Cloud.

Matt Ruark, an associate professor in soil fertility and nutrient management at the University of Wisconsin, has been looking at a number of cover crop species, including winter rye, spring barley and various clovers.

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