Category: Partnerships

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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This week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Public Policy Director

My Minnesota Ag and Rural Leadership (MARL) class is in Washington D.C. until Wednesday morning this week. From D.C., I’m heading straight to Phoenix to attend Commodity Classic.

Before heading out on this week’s travels, I did manage to put together a quick summary of last week’s corn-related legislative happenings:

  • We had 54 legislators attend the Minnesota Corn Growers Association legislative reception last Wednesday.

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Belgrade farmer, Golden Kernel award winner, reflects about serving on MCGA board

It’s hard for John Mages to pinpoint a single accomplishment he’s most proud of during his nine years serving on the MCGA board of directors. But if he had to pick one thing, he’d go with finally getting a new farm bill passed in early 2014.

“It took a long time to finish that farm bill,” Mages said. “But we needed it and we finally got it done.”

Mages retired from the MCGA board in January after serving three terms covering nine years,

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Get to know new MCGA board members Zach Fore and Dan Root

Newly elected Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board members Zach Fore of Mentor and Dan Root of Hayfield attended their first board meeting yesterday at the Corn Growers office in Shakopee.

They also did their first media interviews as official MCGA board members this week. In the interview posted below, Zach, an agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, and Dan, a farmer and ag lender, share more about their farming backgrounds and their reasons for wanting to serve Minnesota’s corn farmers on the MCGA board.

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Northwest Minnesota farmer enjoyed serving on MCGA board of directors

Gary Purath only served a little more than a year on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors, but he says he’ll cherish the experience the rest of his life.

“It was an outstanding experience. Minnesota Corn has a friend up north,” said Purath, who farms in Red Lake County in far northwestern Minnesota. “Anything to help the cause up north, they can count on me.”

With more farmers growing corn in the northwest part of the state and MCGA expanding its membership base in northern areas,

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