Category: Partnerships

Farmers: You're invited to attend MCGA's "What you Need to Know" district meetings

MNcorn_PMS124FINALAre you a farmer with questions about changes to Minnesota’s buffer laws? Do you want to know more about telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not mess with the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) and homegrown ethanol?

Would you like insight into conservation programs from local experts? How about an update on ag-related items from the recently completed Minnesota legislative session?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Selects 2015-16 Student Agvocates

In an effort to develop the next generation of leaders in Minnesota agriculture, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has selected three college students to serve as student Agvocates in 2015-16.

Over the next year, Katie Peterson, Tim Rasmussen and Sam Peterson will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers while gaining valuable leadership experience in the areas of production agriculture, agribusiness, ag policy, public relations and environmental stewardship.

MCGA student Agvocates help corn farmers connect with the non-farming public on college campuses and at events throughout Minnesota.

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Fountain, Minn., farmer elected to Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, 3 others re-elected

Scott Winslow, a fifth-generation family farmer near Fountain, Minn., was recently elected to serve on the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC). Winslow has been farming since he was “old enough to feed calves,” and is looking forward to this new leadership opportunity.

“I like staying involved in ag leadership,” Winslow said. “There are too many people who don’t want to step up to the plate. This is a good opportunity and I’m ready for the challenge.”

The 11-member MCR&PC administers the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off,

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Karl Duncanson was passionate and positive about farming

The Minnesota farming community lost one of its biggest champions this week.

Karl Duncanson, 57, was a third-generation family farmer in Mapleton who served on the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) for the last two years. Karl died in a car accident on Monday.

All of us at Minnesota Corn extend our deepest sympathy to the Duncanson family. We also thank Karl for his service on the MCR&PC,

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Foul poles at new Saints stadium symbolize corn and baseball partnership

The St. Paul Saints and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) have teamed up to make the foul poles at the new CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul the coolest in all of baseball.

Both foul poles at the new stadium feature an original design that merges corn with baseball. Since CHS Field is being heralded as “farm field meets baseball field,” it’s only fitting that the stadium’s foul poles feature corn,

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With support from corn farmers, E15 gaining popularity in Minnesota

The support of Minnesota’s corn farmers is fueling a rise in popularity of E15, which is a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline approved for use in vehicles model year 2001 or newer.

In January and February of 2015 (that’s all we have data for so far), nearly 300,000 gallons of E15 were sold in Minnesota by retailers who received funding support from a broad coalition that included the Minnesota Corn Growers Association to install flex-fuel pump infrastructure.

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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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Ethanol by-product may 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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