Category: Partnerships

The sights and sounds of Ag Awareness Day 2015

A little bad weather wasn’t going to slow down Ag Awareness Day 2015 at the University of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), together with about 15 other farmer-led organizations and agriculture-related groups, braved temperatures in the 30s, occasional snow showers and high winds to participate in Ag Awareness Day 2015 on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Tuesday.

Students on their way to and from class stopped by the MCGA booth to play a game of corn toss for a chance to win a fuel card from Holiday.

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Goodhue County corn and soybean family farmer honored by House Agriculture Finance Committee

The Agriculture Finance Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives honored Ryan Buck, a family corn and soybean farmer near Goodhue, for his contributions to agriculture with a special resolution on Tuesday, April 7 at the state capitol.

Buck has been farming for 11 years and is Past President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Buck’s family, along with his wife Lauren’s family, have been farming and involved in agriculture for multiple generations.

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Could an ethanol by-product be the next big thing in food?

Food, feed, fiber, fuel and…cookies?

Minnesota’s corn farmers take great pride in growing the first four items on that list. But cookies? That’s not something that comes to mind when thinking about corn farming.

However, thanks to funding support from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Dr. Padmanaban Krishnan at South Dakota State University is working on a project that adds food-grade distiller’s dried grains (DDG) to baked foods like cookies,

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Minnesota Corn welcomes new research director

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting innovative research with a focus on agriculture, environmental stewardship and biofuels, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently announced the hiring of Dr. Paul Meints to serve as the organization’s Research Director.

Meints will oversee a farmer-funded research portfolio totaling $4 million annually that supports projects at institutions such as the University of Minnesota, as well as on-farm initiatives such as Discovery Farms Minnesota.

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Last chance to win a 20-game Minnesota Twins season ticket package

If you have yet to enter for your chance to win a 20-game Minnesota Twins season ticket package courtesy of Minnesota’s corn farmers, this week is your last chance.

If you have already entered, enter again! You can enter every week to increase your chances of winning.

Here’s all you have to do to enter:

  • Download the latest “Gleeman and the Geek” podcast here.
  • Listen to the podcast to learn this week’s keyword (Hint: It has something to do with ethanol being clean,

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Minnesota corn farmer replies to Star Tribune's "Big Ag" editorial on buffer strips

On Sunday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an editorial dismissing the conservation efforts of farmers by labeling farmers and the grassroots organizations they belong to as “Big Ag.”

The editorial was spurred by the opposition of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and other family farm organizations to Gov. Dayton’s proposal to mandate 50-foot buffer strips along all Minnesota waterways in farm country. This statement from MCGA President Bruce Peterson highlights why the organization opposes to the one-size-fits-all legislation.

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This week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Last week was a crazy week in St. Paul. There were numerous pieces of legislation introduced, advanced or debated that impact Minnesota’s corn farmers. Let’s get right to it:

Buffer strip legislation
For the sake of keeping this post as concise and easy to follow as possible, I’m going to focus on an update with where we’re currently at on buffer legislation. Stay tuned throughout the week for additional posts on the buffer issue that will include more opinion and commentary.

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Ranking the teams in the Minnesota State Boys' Hockey Tournament based on corn harvest

MN boys state hockey tournament logoThe puck drops on the internationally-known Minnesota State Boys’ Hockey Tournament Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota’s corn farmers are proud to sponsor this year’s Minnesota State Boys’ Hockey Tournament. Look for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) logo along the Xcel Energy Center boards and for MCGA commercials airing during each game.

Last year 118,249 people attended the tournament and hundreds of thousands more watched all the action live on KSTC-TV,

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USDA extends deadline to update base acres or yield history and other news from Commodity Classic

The 20th annual Commodity Classic is underway in Phoenix and several Minnesota Corn Growers Association grower-leaders are in attendance. Here is a quick summary of some of the corn-centric news to come out of Classic so far:

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will provide a one-time extension to farmers for the new safety-net programs (known as ARC and PLC) established in the 2014 farm bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended from Feb.

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MCGA Radio: Bruce Peterson from Commodity Classic

Several Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) farmer-leaders are in Phoenix this week for the 20th annual Commodity Classic, one of the largest gatherings of farmers, agribusiness and ag policy leaders that takes place during the year.

Commodity Classic is also where the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) sets its policy and priority goals for the upcoming year. Since MCGA is one of the largest grassroots ag organizations in the entire country,

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