Category: Partnerships

A quick summary of the 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference

The 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference (MALC) took place Sunday through Tuesday this week in Brainerd. Over 150 farmers, agribusiness leaders, policy experts and elected officials gathered to talk about important ag topics such as trade, transportation, taxes, regulations and the political landscape.

Highlights included:

Congressman Peterson and Nolan
Congressman Collin Peterson opened the conference by addressing the group on Sunday. Congressman Rick Nolan closed the conference with a lunchtime talk on Tuesday.

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Photos and stories from MCGA at Farmfest 2014

It was another successful year for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) at Farmfest 2014. The tent was packed with a steady flow of people looking to learn more about MCGA, win one of several great prizes, or get a scoop of free sweet corn ice cream.

Here are some photos and other tidbits from the three-day event:

Sweet Corn Ice CreamSweet corn ice cream made a triumphant return to the MCGA tent at Farmfest.

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Speak for Yourself program helps farmers tell their own story

Today’s consumers are more curious than ever before about modern agriculture and where their food comes from. That creates new challenges for farmers — the people tasked with growing food for the entire world.

But it also creates opportunity.

That’s why the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Farm Bureau have partnered to support the “Speak for Yourself” program (SFY). The SFY program helps farmers tell their own story,

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Tasseldega Nights by the numbers: MCGA racing promotion makes an impact

Minnesota’s corn farmers brought free racing to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway this summer through “Tasseldega Nights,” a unique and fun promotion created to connect with racing fans and consumers about clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

The Deer Creek “Tasseldega Nights” race was Saturday, July 19, and was just as successful as the first “Tasseldega Nights” race at Elko back on June 7. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) went all out to deliver a positive and factual message about ethanol and farming to audiences at both tracks.

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Rail shipping delays cost corn farmers $72 million

A new report from the University of Minnesota says rail shipping delays cost Minnesota corn farmers $72 million in lower prices from March to May. The report also said 330 million bushels of corn still being stored on farms throughout the state was worth $122 million less because of rail backups.

The losses average about 30 cents per bushel of corn, which can be the difference between making or losing money in a given year for a corn farmer.

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MCR&PC elects new officers

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) recently elected new officers:

Gerald Tumbleson, Chairman
Gerald grows corn and soybeans and feeds pigs on a farm in Sherburn that has been in the family since the 1930s.

Doug Albin, Vice Chair
Doug began farming in 1976 and grows corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa on his farm in Clarkfield.

Chad Willis, Treasurer
Chad has been farming for 18 years in Willmar,

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FREE corn ice cream at the Minnesota Food Truck Fair on Sunday

Corn is CoolGet ready, Uptown Minneapolis. The Corn Growers are coming to the Minnesota Food Truck Fair this Sunday and they’re bringing FREE corn ice cream.

Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the Minnesota Food Truck Fair, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 over a three-block stretch covering Hennepin Ave. South, Holmes Ave. South and 31st St. in Uptown Minneapolis.

It’s the perfect opportunity for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to bring a positive message about farming and homegrown ethanol to an audience of food-loving non-farmers in the Twin Cities metro area.

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Roots of MCGA can be traced back to local Corn Economics Group

What started as a “Corn Economics Group” in the late 1960s helped create the now 6,900-member strong Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

In 1967, St. James farmer Leroy Leinenweber won a national corn yield contest. The agronomist he worked with at Northrup-King seed company asked Leroy if he’d be willing to talk to other farmers about some of the practices he implemented to boost his yields.

Leroy loved talking farming, so he and another half-dozen other forward-looking farmers gathered at a local watering hole near St.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association achieves membership milestone

MNcorn_PMSThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is now 6,935 members strong, surpassing a membership milestone a full six months ahead of schedule.

Back in December of 2011, MCGA farmer-leaders set a goal of reaching 6,900 members by 2015. By June 13 of this year, that goal was achieved.

“MCGA has always been one of the strongest grassroots voices for corn farmers in the country and now we’re even stronger,” said MCGA President Ryan Buck.

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