Category: Partnerships

Bringing the farm to University of Minnesota underclassmen

(Lauren Biegler with her husband, Bryan, on their Lake Wilson farm)

Last week nearly 200 University of Minnesota underclassmen attended their introductory nutrition course for a lesson they may not have expected when enrolling in the class. Lauren Biegler, who is a CommonGround Minnesota volunteer, represented the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) by joining others from agriculture on a panel about modern farming.

While the ins and outs of today’s farm operations may not have a clear connection to the education of aspiring dietitians,

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Farmers unite on Twitter to support NAFTA

Farmers nationwide united on Twitter yesterday to make their voices heard on the importance of NAFTA to agriculture. The grassroots advocacy campaign included farmers of all backgrounds, legislators and multiple ag and business organizations proclaiming the economic impact of the free-trade agreement using the #Farmers4NAFTA hashtag.

Farmers were encouraged to tweet positive messages about NAFTA and the benefits it has brought to American farms. Participants cited statistics that show the growth of exports to Canada and Mexico under NAFTA,

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Ecuador livestock producers come to MN in search of alternative feed

A group of farmers from small to mid-sized poultry, swine and dairy farms in Ecuador visited Minnesota earlier this week for a close look at the production of American DDGS, as they explore the ethanol coproduct as an alternative feed.

While it produces its own corn, Ecuador has tight restrictions on corn imports. However the price of corn in the country is high, which led livestock producers to learn more about the production and safety of DDGS as a possible alternative to import.

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AgWater Exchange shares data on best management practices

(The bioreactor working to cull nitrates from drainage water)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A lot of important research is happening on the farm, but how is that information getting into the hands of farmers? One way information is being shared is via a blog called The AgWater Exchange.

The blog often features findings from Minnesota’s Discovery Farms, a group of farms where scientists are conducting research into nutrient and sediment loss.

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U.S. Grains Council: Pace of NAFTA talks not unusual, but worth monitoring

The fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico ended earlier this month with little progress made in efforts to revamp the free trade agreement. The stalled negotiations have been a source of worry for farmers, who are understandably concerned about tariffs in a non-NAFTA world.

Not so fast, however, according to Thomas Sleight, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council.

Sleight said four rounds of negotiations with little progress is actually fairly normal in renegotiating a trade deal of this size.

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MCGA sweepstakes asks fans to name favorite Minnesota United moment

As part of its season-long partnership with the Minnesota United FC, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) partnered with the Twin Cities Major League Soccer team for a sweepstakes that asks fans to choose their favorite moment from the team’s inaugural season. One lucky fan will receive a ticket package for four to next season’s home opener.

On Monday, the Minnesota United social media accounts will post a video of the best moments from the season that will announce the sweepstakes by MCGA.

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Program details State Fair experience from 4-H perspective

The Minnesota State Fair may have wrapped up on Labor Day weekend, but fans can relive the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” from the 4-H perspective with “Minnesota 4-H: Growing True Leaders.”

Sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), “Minnesota 4-H: Growing True Leaders” showcases Minnesota 4-H’ers demonstrating what they have learned through local clubs. The program aired on Pioneer Public Television earlier this month during National 4-H Week and can be viewed online here.

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Twin Cities Moms group celebrates farmers, local food at CommonGround dinner

(Photo by Danielle Anderson)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Les and Jeanne Anderson and their three adult daughters, Danielle, Kelsey (and fiancé Jake) and Kirsten, welcomed fifty moms from the Twin Cities out to their corn and soybean farm in Welch last week. The metro area women spent the late afternoon learning about modern agriculture.

“Every year we’re growing more food, with less fertilizer per bushel,” says Les Anderson as he led guests on a tour of the farm,

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Ethanol promotion events in full swing this fall

Now that RVP season has passed, ethanol promotion events are popping up this fall, and those driving by are certainly taking notice. Nearly 7,000 gallons of ethanol-blended fuel has been sold over nine events spanning Minnesota in late summer and fall.

Promotion prior to each event featured postcards delivered to flex fuel car owners’ homes, social media posts and even local media were on board to drive people to the pump. Once at the stations,

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Arboretum’s Harvest Festival returns Saturday

The University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum is holding its annual Harvest Festival this Saturday in Chaska, and is introducing a few new attractions this year. In addition to live music and local breweries now on-site, TC Road Crew will be on-hand to deliver a corn-themed performance sure to delight the crowd.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the Arboretum Harvest Festival is free to attend with the purchase of gate admission.

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