Category: Partnerships

15 posts to re-visit, re-read and remember from 2014

Minnesota cornThis is the final post of 2014 on Minnesota Cornerstone. Thank you to all of our readers, especially those of you who spread the word about the topics we cover in this space and share our work on social media.

To wrap up the year, here are 15 posts from 2014 that we were particularly proud of. They cover a variety of topics, ranging from ethanol to irrigation to ag policy to the Super Bowl.

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MCGA to induct 3 into Recruiter Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has announced three inductees for the 2015 MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame class.

Lori Feltis, Olmsted County; Dale Sunderman, LeSueur Coutny; and Connie Mulder, Renville County will be inducted and honored, along with the five inductees from last year’s inaugural class, at MCGA’s annual meeting on Jan. 28 in Mankato.

“MCGA has been able to hit every membership milestone its set out to achieve in recent years and the efforts of these hall-of-fame recruiters is a major reason why,” said Bruce Peterson,

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MCR&PC looks to fill 4 seats in 2015

MCRPC_Logo_FinalThe Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has four seats up for election in 2015. The council consists of 11 corn farmers elected from throughout the state and administers the effective and efficient investment of Minnesota’s state corn check-off.

Districts voting for council members in 2015 include districts 1, 2 and 4; districts 3, 5 and 6; district 8 and district 9. To see which counties are in which districts, 

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Why do Minnesota corn farmers partner with Gophers Sports?

On Monday, Minnesota Gophers men’s hockey coach Don Lucia kicked off the first Gophers Speaker Series sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

The event was an opportunity for about 75 Gophers season ticket holders and Twin Cities business leaders to hear from Lucia (along with senior forward Travis Boyd) in an intimate setting away from the spotlight of television cameras and beat reporters.

Sponsoring the Gophers Speaker Series is one of several ways Minnesota corn farmers partner with Gophers Sports.

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Rural issues will be prominent in new Minnesota legislature

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) pre-resolutions meeting is where corn farmers set policy priorities and discuss hot-button ag issues for the upcoming year. It’s also an opportunity for corn farmers to get legislative perspectives from insiders plugged into the Minnesota political scene.

Blois Olson, a prominent political reporter and commentator in Minnesota, opened his remarks at Thursday’s pre-resolutions meeting in Mankato by highlighting how Minnesota often bucks national trends every election cycle.

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MCGA Radio: State tournament sponsorship

On this week’s Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) radio, Raymond, Minn., farmer and MCGA First Vice President Noah Hultgren talks about a new partnership between Minnesota’s corn farmers and the Minnesota State High School football, boys and girls hockey and boys and girls basketball tournaments.

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Lager family of Mankato to be honored at Gophers football game on Saturday

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Sometimes, you don’t have to be a farmer to be a farm leader.

Two thirds of all agriculture jobs are off the farm — processing, distribution, supply and service jobs. Without them, the crops and the livestock couldn’t be raised.

Gary Lager, an associate vice president of financial services for AgStar Financial, is a case in point. Almost all of his clients are farmers,

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Quick thoughts on what 2014 election results might mean for corn farmers

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Public Policy Director

With the 2014 elections now behind us, it’s time to re-examine the landscape and try to figure out what Tuesday’s elections might mean for Minnesota’s corn farmers and biofuels supporters.

That process will take a while, but here are a few initial tidbits and thoughts from an ag perspective two days after the election.

  • At the federal level,

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Minnesota Corn farmers proud of ethanol investments

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has a long-standing tradition of supporting our state’s pioneering ethanol industry. That support continues today and is highlighted in a new 6-page publication that focuses on ethanol and co-product projects backed by Minnesota’s corn farmers.

Since 2008, Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested $18 million to build ethanol infrastructure, support groundbreaking biofuels research, and develop and improve co-products from the biofuels-making process.

“From the very beginning,

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Support local farmers: Why business leaders and non-farmers throughout Minnesota join MCGA

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

So an insurance agent and a banker walk into a Corn Growers meeting…

Could be the intro to an amusing anecdote, except it actually happens.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was born in 1978, an advocacy group formed by farmers, to be a voice for farmers. Current membership stands over 7,100 members, making MCGA one of the largest grassroots farmer organizations in the country.

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