Category: Partnerships

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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Momentum is starting to build (again) toward passing a new farm bill

With the government shutdown now over, elected officials are turning their attention to other pieces of legislation, such as the farm bill. Farmers have been stuck in the middle of a partisan squabble over the nutrition title of the farm bill, but momentum to take another crack at passing a farm bill is once again building.

The best way to continue building momentum toward passage of a new farm bill is through the grassroots efforts of farmers.

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Mazes, Mascots, and More: MCGA Day is a Success at Sever's Corn Maze

A little hail and a few sprinkles weren’t going to dampen the spirits of those at Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival this past Saturday. Smiles and laughter seemed to be the theme of the day as thousands of visitors ignored Mother Nature’s grumblings and, instead, enjoyed the many attractions and activities at Sever’s.

In addition to the normal dose of slide rides, corn maze fun, and exotic animals, visitors on October 5th got in on a special treat.

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MCGA Elects Goodhue County Farmer Ryan Buck President for 2013-14

Ryan Buck is the new president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Buck, a corn and soybean farmer in Goodhue County, will succeed current president Tom Haag on Oct. 1, 2013 and serve a one-year term.

The MCGA board also elected Bruce Peterson (Northfield) as vice president, Noah Hultgren (Raymond) as treasurer and re-elected Jean Knackmuhs (Walnut Grove) to a second term as board secretary.

“Farmers have an opportunity to take the lead on issues like water quality,

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Free Tickets to Sever's Corn Maze Courtesy of Minnesota's Corn Farmers

We are all out of free Sever’s tickets. Thank you to everyone who e-mailed and have a great time at Sever’s!

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be at Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee.

It’s another opportunity for corn farmers to connect with non-farmers in the Twin Cities metro area. It’s also an opportunity to have a whole lot of fun.

In addition to the regular attractions and activities you’ll find at Sever’s —

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Welcomes Taiwan Delegation to Minnesota

Leaders of a 20-member delegation from Taiwan signed a letter of intent during a ceremony today at the Minnesota state capitol to purchase an estimated $1.83 billion worth of U.S. corn and corn co-products in 2014-15.

The letter — also signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Tom Haag – declares the Taiwan Feed Industry Association’s intent to purchase about 197 million bushels of corn and 500,000 metric tons of corn co-products such as dried distillers grains (DDG).

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Ag Water Quality Experts Tour Minnesota Discovery Farms Network

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers want to know the volume of nutrients and sediment leaving their land. Eleven such producers across the state of Minnesota take part in Minnesota Discovery Farms Network, and three of these farms hosted a tour of agricultural water quality experts on Aug. 13-15 from states that have each developed their own Discovery Farms network.

Warren Formo, director of Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center,

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Klobuchar and Grassley Letter asks for Investigation of Big Oil

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter this week asking the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate possible anti-competitive practices by oil companies that may be limiting consumer access to renewable fuels like ethanol.

“By forcing a franchisee to carry premium gasoline as a condition of carrying regular gas, the oil company may be using its economic power over its franchisee to effect a tying arrangement in violation of the Sherman Act,” the two senators wrote in the letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FTC Chairwoman Edit Ramirez .

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