Category: Partnerships

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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New MCGA member benefits include discounts on vacation packages and Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota membership

children's museumMembers of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) now receive access to discounted vacation packages from Premier World Discovery and discounted memberships to the new Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
MCGA members can sign up to receive the following half-price one-year memberships to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, located in Mankato:

  • $45 for unlimited access for two adults and all children living at same address (regular price: $95)
  • $45 for two grandparents and all grandchildren (regular price: $95)
  • $65 for two adults,

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Clarkfield farmer elected Chair of MN Corn Research & Promotion Council

Doug Albin, a corn, soybean, wheat and alfalfa farmer near Clarkfield in Yellow Medicine County, was recently elected to serve as Chair of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).

The 11-member MCR&PC administers the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off, which is a way for corn farmers to voluntarily invest in their own industry through a self-imposed fee paid at the first point of sale for every bushel of corn sold.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association supports U.S. sugar policy

A recent story in the Star Tribune covered what it called a “declaration of war” by corn syrup makers on sugar refiners and U.S. sugar policy.

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is based in Washington D.C. and represents companies that manufacture products like corn sweeteners. The CRA would like to see U.S. sugar policy weakened.

Since the story was published, we’ve received inquiries at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) about our position on U.S.

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Pollinator plot installed at Minnesota Corn Growers Association office

The shovels and rakes were out Wednesday morning at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) office in Shakopee as staff began installing a new pollinator plot on the east side of the building.

A total of 10 pollinator-friendly wildflowers and prairie grass mixes were planted, including butterfly milkweed, solidago goldenrod and smooth blue aster. Blueberries will be added in the near future.

MCGA will be handing out pollinator-friendly wildflower seed mixes at Farmfest on Aug.

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