Category: Partnerships

Minnesota Arboretum breaks ground on new exhibit sharing story of state’s ag sector

Each year, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum welcomes nearly 500,000 visitors who come to see its sprawling acres of magnificent gardens and model landscapes. Come August 2019, the Arboretum will be using its horticulture expertise to also tell the story of Minnesota agriculture.

Built around the Arboretum’s iconic red barn, the multi-acre field exhibit will feature conventional crops that make up Minnesota’s ag sector, including soybeans, wheat, sugar beets, and of course,

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MCGA travels to Dallas to promote ethanol, corn farming with NASCAR fans

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association joined colleagues from the Texas Corn Producers to promote the benefits of ethanol and the work of the nation’s corn farmers at the NASCAR Texas 500 over the weekend.

With support from American Ethanol, the annual event has been a long-standing opportunity to raise awareness of ethanol-blended fuels and the importance of corn farming with thousands of fans at Texas Motor Speedway.

Volunteers and staff from each organization met with NASCAR fans outside the race track at a large booth,

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Global upside for ethanol and DDGS evident at Export Exchange 2018

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

New developments in the United States, including possible year-round sales of E15, and plans to reduce carbon emissions around the world could add upwards of 20 billion gallons of ethanol demand in the next decade.

One place where this future was being actively brought to fruition was the biennial conference called the Export Exchange, a global marketing conference for grains and bioenergy organized by the U.S.

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National Corn Growers Association Fields-of-Corn Contest wants your harvest photos

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced the Fifth-Annual Fields-of-Corn Contest, calling for both amateur and professional photographers to help share the story of farming field corn in America. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it.

Open for entries until November 30, 2018, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 25 cash prizes.

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Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council now accepting research proposals via online portal

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) is now accepting research proposals related to corn production and stewardship, and expanded uses for corn. From research focused on soil fertility and nutrient management to new product developments utilizing corn, MCR&PC will be looking for proposals that bring an economic benefit to the state’s corn growers and improve their sustainability.

Unlike past Request for Proposals (RFP) periods, proposals will only be accepted online. Those interested must submit their online proposal by Dec.

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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 Farmfest.com.

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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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