Category: Partnerships

Unique conservation project uses cedar trees to stop streambank erosion

In an effort to help stabilize the stream bank and restore aquatic habitat in Riceford Creek in Houston County, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is supporting a unique conservation project.

Researchers and work crews from Winona State University, The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Corps Minnesota are stacking red cedar trees along sections of the stream bank susceptible to erosion.

The trees help absorb a lot of the energy from the flowing water,

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New column from MCGA President addresses food vs. fuel "debate"

The most recent “Corn Views” column from Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Ryan Buck appeared in the business section of Monday’s Star Tribune.

President Buck’s latest column covered the food vs. fuel “debate.” The word “debate” is in quotation marks because, at this point, it’s obvious that food vs. fuel is no longer a “debate,” more like a myth manufactured by ethanol’s detractors that has been debunked time and time again.

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Minnesota Corn names Adam Birr Executive Director

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has named Adam Birr, Ph.D., Executive Director of both organizations.

As executive director of MCGA, Birr will lead an organization that is more than 7,100 members strong and represents the interests of Minnesota’s 25,000 corn farmers. His leadership of MCR&PC will involve oversight of the efficient and effective administration of Minnesota’s corn check-off.

Birr has served as MCGA’s Research Director since March of 2013 and will begin as Executive Director on Oct.

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Ethanol racing simulator reaches new audiences

Seeing a group of farmers gather around and watch each other play a video game is quite the sight. It also means that group of farmers might be onto something when it comes to reaching younger audiences with a positive message about clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

Jeff Beckman from the Minnesota Farm Bureau brought his ethanol racing simulator game to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) office on Aug. 27. Each farmer on MCGA’s Food and Bioenergy team  took a turn playing it,

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The Minnesota Farm Team is having an outstanding season

Are you ready for some football? And some basketball? And hockey, too? The Minnesota Farm Team is.

Soon, it will be time to hang up the baseball glove and either put on shoulder pads, lace up the skates or step into a pair of basketball shorts.

The Minnesota Farm Team will be making the transition as well, and they’ll do it while harvesting crops, raising cattle and providing food,

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Webinar series will help Minnesota farmers better understand farm bill

If you’re a farmer and you’re not quite sure what to make of the 2014 farm bill, be sure to check out this three-part webinar series hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Wheat Growers.

“These are very complex, long-term decisions farmers have to make on the farm programs,” said commodity advisor and broker Al Kluis, who will be participating in each webinar.

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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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