Category: Partnerships

A potential revolution in plant disease prevention

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Lactonase is a commonly occurring enzyme. With a small genetic tweak, it could start a revolution in agriculture by replacing chemical crop protection treatments in a way that arrests the evolution of bacteria that cause plant infection.

Two researchers spent a day at MN Ag Expo, held in January, to tell farmers about the investigation into this enzyme. It’s a project supported by the Minnesota Corn Research &

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Commodity Classic 2018 recap in pictures

Commodity Classic 2018 wrapped up last week in Anaheim. Held Feb. 26-Mar. 1, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention brought together representatives from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. While news surfaced about changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, Commodity Classic 2018 went on with numerous productive meetings and educational opportunities for corn growers.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was again well represented at Commodity Classic.

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MCR&PC member sees growth of Moroccan farming firsthand

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) member Chad Willis recently joined the U.S. Grains Council in Morocco to see the country’s emerging ag sector up close and its opportunities for American agricultural exports.

The group of U.S. corn, sorghum, barley and livestock farmers visited the facilities and farms that support Moroccan agriculture, which employs nearly 40 percent of the country’s labor force. While historically farming was limited to people only producing enough to feed their families,

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County corn associations offer scholarships to local students

County corn grower associations throughout Minnesota are offering scholarships to local students interested in a career in agriculture. Ranging from $500 to more than $3,000, below you will find information on each and how you can apply.

With due dates coming fast, be sure to find your local county organization and apply today!

Dakota/Rice County Corn & Soybean Growers: Apply here

  • Who qualifies: High school seniors planning on studying an agriculture-related field
  • Amount: $3,200
  • Deadline: March 14
  • The recipient of the scholarship will also receive a sponsorship to attend the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leadership Conference

Dodge County Corn &

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Setting the stage for profitability: Political engagement

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that.

The legislative session is underway, as policy makers convene in St.

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Finding the ‘just right’ volume of cover crop growth

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

How can farmers get the maximum benefit from cover crops in a corn-soybean operation? One scientist tackled the topic at the Fourth Annual Minnesota Nitrogen Management Conference, held recently in St. Cloud.

Matt Ruark, an associate professor in soil fertility and nutrient management at the University of Wisconsin, has been looking at a number of cover crop species, including winter rye, spring barley and various clovers.

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Harold Wolle

MCGA chairman seeks Corn Board position in 2018

Written by Harold Wolle

My name is Harold Wolle. I am a member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors, and I will be seeking a position on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board in 2018. I will be attending Commodity Classic next week, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you in person. But first, I would like to tell you a little about myself.

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NAFTA negotiations ongoing, but optimism exists

The sixth round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently concluded without major headway providing confidence an agreement is near. However, the productive conversation and signs the concerns of the ag community are being heard have been encouraging, according to Melissa Kessler, director of strategic relations for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).

Kessler said early concerns were that the United States could pull out of NAFTA while renegotiations were underway,

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Minnesota ag community unites for long-term sustainability

In 2015, the state legislature established the Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) Program to hire researchers and improve infrastructure at University of Minnesota colleges and Extension sites. The goal of the investment is to achieve long-term sustainability in agriculture.

Now three years in, the first round of funding has led to the hiring of 14 faculty positions, five Extension educators and a number of needed infrastructure upgrades in areas like crop and livestock productivity,

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Soil Health Summit brings farmers, researchers to Chicago

The 4th Annual Soil Health Summit, presented by the Soil Health Partnership, was held in Chicago last month, bringing together farmers, researchers and more to learn about the latest in land stewardship.

An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a data-driven program working to quantify the benefits of practices that support soil health from an economical and environmental standpoint. Its 2018 Soil Health Summit featured breakout sessions and speakers covering a wide range of soil health topics,

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