Category: Partnerships

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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MCGA Radio: Get ready for Beef U

Minnesota’s corn farmers are proud to partner with the Minnesota Beef Council and the University of Minnesota on Beef U, a one-day event that covers all things beef.

Beef U is set for 8 a.m. — 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, at the University of Minnesota Andrew Boss Laboratory — Meat Science at 1354 Eckles Ave. in St. Paul. Topics covered will include raising beef, beef in local and national retail,

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Agenda is set for MN Ag EXPO 2015 in Mankato

The agenda is set for MN Ag EXPO 2015, Jan. 28-29 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. MN Ag EXPO is the free premiere annual event for Minnesota corn and soybean farmers, bringing together farmers, top ag researchers, leading agribusinesses and policy leaders for two days of educational sessions, a large trade show, networking opportunities and more.

Climate expert Evelyn Browning-Garriss will deliver the MN Ag EXPO 2015 keynote address at 9:30 a.m.

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Still have farm bill questions? Register for a free farm bill webinar on Jan. 8

If you’re a Minnesota farmer who still has questions about programs included in the 2014 farm bill, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council are here to help.

The next in an ongoing series of farm bill webinars is set for 7–8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8. Topics covered will include Farm Service Agency (FSA) and supplemental crop insurance. Another webinar on Feb.

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15 posts to re-visit, re-read and remember from 2014

Minnesota cornThis is the final post of 2014 on Minnesota Cornerstone. Thank you to all of our readers, especially those of you who spread the word about the topics we cover in this space and share our work on social media.

To wrap up the year, here are 15 posts from 2014 that we were particularly proud of. They cover a variety of topics, ranging from ethanol to irrigation to ag policy to the Super Bowl.

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MCGA to induct 3 into Recruiter Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has announced three inductees for the 2015 MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame class.

Lori Feltis, Olmsted County; Dale Sunderman, LeSueur Coutny; and Connie Mulder, Renville County will be inducted and honored, along with the five inductees from last year’s inaugural class, at MCGA’s annual meeting on Jan. 28 in Mankato.

“MCGA has been able to hit every membership milestone its set out to achieve in recent years and the efforts of these hall-of-fame recruiters is a major reason why,” said Bruce Peterson,

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