Category: Partnerships

Belgrade farmer, Golden Kernel award winner, reflects about serving on MCGA board

It’s hard for John Mages to pinpoint a single accomplishment he’s most proud of during his nine years serving on the MCGA board of directors. But if he had to pick one thing, he’d go with finally getting a new farm bill passed in early 2014.

“It took a long time to finish that farm bill,” Mages said. “But we needed it and we finally got it done.”

Mages retired from the MCGA board in January after serving three terms covering nine years,

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Get to know new MCGA board members Zach Fore and Dan Root

Newly elected Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board members Zach Fore of Mentor and Dan Root of Hayfield attended their first board meeting yesterday at the Corn Growers office in Shakopee.

They also did their first media interviews as official MCGA board members this week. In the interview posted below, Zach, an agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, and Dan, a farmer and ag lender, share more about their farming backgrounds and their reasons for wanting to serve Minnesota’s corn farmers on the MCGA board.

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Northwest Minnesota farmer enjoyed serving on MCGA board of directors

Gary Purath only served a little more than a year on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors, but he says he’ll cherish the experience the rest of his life.

“It was an outstanding experience. Minnesota Corn has a friend up north,” said Purath, who farms in Red Lake County in far northwestern Minnesota. “Anything to help the cause up north, they can count on me.”

With more farmers growing corn in the northwest part of the state and MCGA expanding its membership base in northern areas,

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Minnesota Corn Growers elect 2 new board members

Delegates to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting on Jan. 28 in Mankato elected Dan Root, Hayfield, and Zach Fore, Mentor, to serve on the organization’s state board of directors.

Root farms near Byron in southeastern Minnesota and also works as an ag lender for Bremer Bank in Kasson. He previously served as a county executive director for the Farm Service Agency for 25 years.

“We need a good,

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School assemblies bring a positive corn-farming message (and Maizey!) to urban youth

If Old Man Winter and everything that comes with it has you down this Monday in February, we here at MinnesotaCornerstone are here to cheer you up.

Actually, Maizey — the lovable and always-happy-no-matter-what Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) mascot — the team at the Twin Cities Road Crew and the students and Richard Green Central Elementary School in South Minneapolis are here to cheer you up.

With support from MCGA,

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This week's ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

This week’s ag-focused update from the Minnesota state capitol features information on Gov. Dayton’s budget, wolves, irrigation, the Keystone XL pipeline, ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Let’s get right to it:

  • When Gov. Dayton released his budget last week, I dived right in to pull out all the tidbits that would be of interest to farmers, but might fly under the radar in mainstream media coverage. I still have more reading to do and people to talk to,

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NCGA CEO Chris Novak at MN Ag EXPO 2015

Throughout the week here at MinnesotaCornerstone, we’ll have stories, photos, videos and more from MN Ag EXPO 2015, which was held last Wednesday and Thursday at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak traveled to Mankato to attend this year’s MN Ag EXPO. With almost a dozen media interviews and meetings with Minnesota corn farmers and key ag policy leaders, we kept Mr.

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An ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Anna Boroff, Public Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), has been at the state capitol throughout the current legislative session. Here are Anna’s thoughts on what corn farmers should be paying attention to as this legislative session continues:

  •  Everyone is talking about Gov. Dayton’s buffer strip statement made 10 days ago at a statewide DNR roundtable event. In case you missed it, the governor proposed mandating 50-foot buffer strips on all Minnesota waterways.

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Come to MN Ag EXPO 2015, bid on these great auction items

MN Ag EXPO 2015 is set for Wednesday and Thursday of next week at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Pre-registration is closed, but you will be able to register on-site, for free (!), on the day of the event.

In addition to the insightful speakers, educational breakout sessions, large ag trade show and networking opportunities, one of the big draws to the annual MN Ag EXPO is the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) live and silent auction.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association shines on national recruitment stage

With a record 7,107 members, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) exceeded its membership goals in 2014. MCGA remains one of the largest grassroots farm organizations in the country and one of the few ag organizations active on the county, state and federal level.

MCGA’s membership growth also ranked high on the national scale. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) ended 2014 with 41,262 members, its highest total ever. More than 17 percent of those members are from Minnesota.

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