Category: Partnerships

Minnesota corn farmers are proud supporters of 4-H programs

On Tuesday, our friends and partners at the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) sent out a news release celebrating National 4-H Week by highlighting MFB’s strong support for several Minnesota 4-H programs and initiatives. You can read MFB’s news release here.

Here at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), we thought it was such a good idea for Farm Bureau to highlight its support for 4-H that we’re going to,

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West Central farmer elected President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association for 2015-16

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) state board of directors recently elected Noah Hultgren as its new president for 2015-16. Hultgren grows corn, soybeans, sugar beets, edible beans and canning vegetables on his family farm near Raymond, Minn., in Kandiyohi County.

Hultgren is a fourth-generation family farmer and was elected to the MCGA board in 2011. He replaces Bruce Peterson from Northfield, whose one-year term as president ended on Sept. 30.

“MCGA has accomplished a lot in recent years on behalf of corn farmers,

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Minnesota corn farmer's CRP land buzzing with pollinator activity

When John Luepke turns off the engine on his 4-wheeler, he hears the steady buzz of pollinating bees on his farm near Courtland, Minn., in Nicollet County.

Luepke has enrolled a 20 acre section of his farm into USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which helps farmers plant species that improve environmental health on sensitive areas of land.  The colorful Blacked Eyed Susans and New England Astor flowers created a nearly perfect landscape for pollinating insects like bees.

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MCGA's partnership with Gophers Sports remains strong

Fans of the University of Minnesota Gophers football team have seen a lot happen at TCF Bank Stadium so far this season.

  • Coach Jerry Kill’s squad nearly beat the No. 2 ranked team in the country to open the season.
  • The Gophers held on for a narrow 10-7 win over Kent St. on Sept. 19.
  • QB Mitch Leidner led a fourth-quarter comeback to help the Gophers overcome numerous injuries and beat Ohio on Homecoming this past Saturday.

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Taiwan trade delegation visits Minnesota farm, signs letter of intent to purchase U.S. corn

Before an agriculture goodwill trade mission team participated in a signing ceremony in Minneapolis, they stopped at the Roger Toquam family farm on Sunday near Blooming Prairie to see firsthand what Minnesota agriculture is all about.

Roger and his family are fourth-generation farmers who grow corn and soybeans and raise hogs. The Toquams also incorporate several conservation practices like buffer strips, wetlands restoration and manure management plants to protect area land,

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MCR&PC farmer-leader hosts team of grain buyers from Middle East, North Africa

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) team of up-and-coming procurement managers and directors of Middle East and North African grain buying companies traveled to Bellingham, Minn., to visit the family farm of Dwight Mork last week to see first-hand the advantages of purchasing U.S. corn and co-products.

The Morks’ corn, soybean and wheat farm has been in the family for almost 100 years. The Middle Eastern and North African delegation spent the afternoon walking Mork’s fields,

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New frequently asked questions document on Syngenta lawsuit available from NCGA

Minnesota CornHere at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), we continue to receive inquiries from corn farmers about class action lawsuits against Syngenta stemming from the introduction of the Viptera trait arriving in China before Chinese officials approved it for import.

A steady flow of solicitations are arriving in farmers’ mailboxes from attorneys seeking to submit claims on corn farmers’ behalf. Some of these solicitations contain imagery or phrases that may give the impression MCGA is endorsing a specific law firm,

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MN Corn Growers work to improve pollinator habitat

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and it’s more than 7,000 members made a commitment to improving pollinator habitat over the last year. Here is a quick update on those activities:

  • About 4,000 pollinator-friendly wildflower seed mixes have been distributed by MCGA at events attended by both farmers and non-farmers. The free seed-mix packets are an easy way to raise awareness about the importance of pollinator habitat, and help people take action on their own property to add habitat and make an actual difference.

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Healthcare field to corn field: Racine farmer to serve on MCR&PC

Patty Geerdes, a farmer in Racine, Minn., was recently appointed to serve on the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).

Geerdes is also a Masters Prepared Registered Nurse who has worked at the transplant center in the Mayo Clinic and recently retired and will be working supplemental. She took over the family farm after her husband, David, died in 2011. Patty and David farmed together for over 20 years.


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Here's everything MCGA has going on at Farmfest next week

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will once again have a major presence at this year’s Farmfest, scheduled for Aug. 4-6 at Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls.

At noon on Thursday, Aug. 6, Farmfest attendees can get a free cob of delicious sweet corn courtesy of MCGA inside the main forum building. This is the first year that Minnesota’s corn farmers are sponsoring a free sweet corn feed at Farmfest.

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