Category: Partnerships

Live video trends create unique ag opportunity

Written by Mariah Larson

Tuesday morning the women of CommonGround Minnesota hosted their annual workshop, and one guest speaker included Erica Hanna, Owner of Puke Rainbows Creative, an Emmy-winning creator of strategic content. She spent time sharing her insight and advice regarding do’s and don’ts for the attention-catching trend of live video streaming.

Our world is becoming increasingly digital. As a result, between news outlets, sharing and social media,

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CommonGround ‘Field To Fork’ farm dinner continues the food conversation

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Foodies and farmers got together Tuesday night at a dairy farm in Dundas and found out they have a lot in common—starting with a passion for food.

Organized by CommonGround Minnesota, Field-To-Fork events like this bring together farmers and foodies for a tour of a farm and a sit-down dinner in a unique and relaxed setting. Throughout the evening, guests were joined by a dozen farm women who have taken their passion for farming one step further by volunteering with CommonGround.

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Minnesota Corn Open Street debut delayed

Maizey along with the TC Road Crew were unfortunately rained out during Sunday’s Open Streets Downtown, which was hit by a severe thunderstorm preventing the group from setting up over the weekend. Thankfully, the event was the first of three Open Streets that will be attended by the group representing Minnesota Corn.

Open Streets are held throughout the Twin Cities during the summer months as a way to bring together community groups and local businesses on a temporarily closed street.

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MCGA awards scholarships to future agricultural leaders

In May two students from the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School (AFSA) received a college scholarship from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), which partnered with the school in an effort to help grow the next generation of leaders in agriculture.

Melissa Hall and Elizabeth Weyer received $1,000 scholarships from MCGA. As students at AFSA, both will pursue careers in the agricultural and science fields. The charter school, located in Vadnais Heights,

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Minnesota distilleries (and corn!) shine in craft spirits competition

Earlier this month six Minnesota distilleries competed in the first-ever Heartland Whiskey Competition, which brought together 75 distilleries from the 10-state region in America’s Heartland. Sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the competition featured craft distilleries that utilize corn in their spirits.

The whiskey competition was held, in part, to highlight the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. Customers are interested in the story behind their spirit, and for those distilleries participating in the competition that story starts with the corn base often acquired from nearby farms.

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High school competition helps kids see ag in a new light

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota Envirothon, a high school competition organized by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, challenges the upcoming generation of environmentalists with scenarios often seen in the world of agriculture.

This year’s competition, held earlier this month, asked 25 teams of five to consider a scenario where farmland and state-owned land are separated by a stream running between the two.

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Minnesota Corn Growers play ball throughout Twin Cities

Even with difficulties warming up in the cool, fall-like weather, Maizey had no issues delivering the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the matchup between the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies Thursday afternoon. The first pitch was part of a season-long partnership with the Minnesota ball club aimed at raising awareness of Minnesota corn growers’ commitment to conservation.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) have a longtime partnership with the Minnesota Twins to tell the stories of the state’s corn farmers.

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4-H wants you to Raise Your Hand

Minnesota 4-H worked with nearly 69,000 youth in the state in 2016. To grow that number and better help unlock their potential, the largest youth development program in the nation is now calling out to its more than 10 million alumni nationally for help as part of the Raise Your Hand campaign.

Launched earlier this month, Raise Your Hand is a call to action for alumni to pay it forward and help the next generation benefit from 4-H as they did.

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Minnesota Harvest

The latest market for corn: Tires

The United States rubber industry, especially for car tires, has depended on petroleum to make its product since World War II, when supply of the rubber tree prevalently grown in Asia was no longer available to America. Researchers with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers are now working to again transform the industry by returning to a natural source for rubber – Corn.

Associate Professor Paul Dauenhauer and his team set out to use starches derived from a source like corn,

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Oliver Kelley Farm historic site celebrates new visitor center

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Over the past twenty years, a half million visitors have toured the living museum of Minnesota’s farming past at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River. Thanks to its newly opened visitor center, those who visit will now also learn about Minnesota’s agricultural present and future.

The new facility, which officially opened for the 2017 season in early May, includes indoor exhibits, versatile spaces that can be converted into classrooms or community meeting rooms,

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