Category: Partnerships

And the survey says: Comparing young farmers, Minnesota corn farmers survey results

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently released results from its annual outlook survey of participants in its national Young farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program. Let’s take a minute and compare some of the YF&R survey results with results from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) recent survey of Minnesota corn farmers.

Top concerns

  • Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the No. 1 concern of respondents to the YF&R survey.

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Students: Here's why you should apply to become a MCGA "Agvocate"

Applications are being accepted through April 18 to become an “Agvocate” for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Agvocates receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used for qualified education expenses, and will develop leadership skills while receiving first-hand experience working on issues important to corn farmers and advocating for agriculture.

For more details, including application materials, click here.

If you’re enrolled in a two- or four-year post secondary education or training program,

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Minnesota corn farmers featured in recent media stories

A couple of Minnesota corn farmers were recently featured Corn & Soybean Digest and in the AgStar Today publication.

Bruce Peterson farms in Northfield and is the vice president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Corn and Soybean Digest asked Bruce what practiced has improved his return on investment. Bruce talked about both the environmental and potential yield benefits of split-applying nitrogen.

It’s hard to do side-by-side yield comparisons of all preplant versus split applications.

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Stearns County farmers get details Minnesota's Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

Farmers in the Middle Sauk River watershed district in Stearns County got a firsthand look at Minnesota’s new Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) during two open house events this week.

The Middle Sauk is one of four pilot areas selected to test and refine the voluntary program, which aims to increase on-farm conservation practices to protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Farmers who become certified and maintain approved management practices are assured that their farms meet Minnesota’s water quality goals and standards for 10 years.

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Information on corn, soybeans added to small grains update meetings in Northwest Minnesota

Blizzards, road closures, winter storms and wind chill warnings didn’t stop more than 400 farmers in Northwest Minnesota from attending a series of Small Grains Update meetings in mid-January. Minnesota grower associations representing corn, soybean and wheat braved the tricky roads and icy conditions to meet with growers at eight locations over four days to cover many important topics.

The meetings were held in conjunction with local crop improvement meetings and county soybean and corn grower association annual meetings.

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Getting to know MCGA's new farmer-leaders

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In recent elections, farmers Kirby Hettver, Paul Henning and Tim Wiersma were elected to serve on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors.

Hettver, 39, farms with his brothers in Chippewa County on a farm that has been in his family since 1902. Hettver and his brothers are fifth-generation farmers and grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 1,600 acres.

The brothers also have a seed business combined with custom planting and harvesting,

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Corn Links: Corn farmers keep fighting to preserve the RFS

Minnesota corn farmers are getting support from throughout the state and in Washington D.C. as they work to convince the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ditch it’s damaging proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline.

Below are a selection of stories about the fight to preserve the RFS that have appeared in Minnesota media outlets. You have until Jan. 28 to submit your own comments to EPA about its misguided RFS proposal.

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Corn in the Northern Valley: An Agvocate's Perspective

Written by Aaron Vipond

As many of you know, over the past 15 years corn acres have been rapidly expanding, especially in the northern crop regions of the United States and Canada. This expansion is helping to keep Minnesota the fourth largest corn producing state after Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

Today, in my home county of Mahnomen, Minn., located in the northwestern portion of the state, the USDA estimates that corn production has moved close to 5 million bushels.

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Deadlines announced for Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council elections

Elections are fast approaching for the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).

Ballots for the upcoming elections will be mailed on March 18, 2014 to farmers who voted in last year’s election. If you did not vote last year, you have until Feb. 6, 2014 to request a ballot from the MCR&PC office or from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Completed ballots must be returned and postmarked no later than April 3.

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Register for MN Ag EXPO today!

It’s baaaaaack!

MN Ag EXPO 2014 is set to take place on Jan. 8-9 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Every year, Minnesota’s corn and soybean farmers come together for two days of valuable networking, educational opportunities, and yes, even a little bit of fun.

This year’s trade show will feature more than 80 exhibitors displaying products and information that can make you a better farmer.

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