Category: Partnerships

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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MCGA Public Policy Director to participate in MARL Class VIII

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Public Policy Director Anna Boroff has been selected to participate in the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (MARL). Boroff will join 29 others in the dynamic two-year leadership development experience designed to enhance the skills of Minnesota’s agricultural and rural leaders.

Boroff joined MCGA in July of 2012 after working for 10 years at the Minnesota Legislature. In her role at MCGA, Anna assists farmer-leaders in developing federal and state organizational policy positions and improving government relations strategies.

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Minnesota's corn farmers launch Ethanol Cup racing series

Ethanol CupGentleman, start your ethanol-powered engines!

Minnesota’s corn farmers are launching the Ethanol Cup during the upcoming 2014 racing season at Elko Speedway just outside of the Twin Cities and at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, about a half hour south of Rochester.

Drivers who use a minimum of E15 (a high-octane gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol) in their cars will qualify to compete in the Ethanol Cup point fund.

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4 corn farmers re-elected to Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council

Jerry Demmer, Richard Peterson, Marty Amundson and Dwight Mork were all recently re-elected to the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC). Positions are three-year terms.

Demmer farms in Clarks Grove and represents District 8, Peterson farms in District 7 in Mountain Lake, Amundson in Zumbrota in District 9 and Mork farms in Bellingham and represents District 1, 2 and 4.

The MCR&PC administers the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off,

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5 corn farmers elected to MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently christened its new Recruiter Hall of Fame by inducting five corn farmers into the inaugural class.

There are almost 7,000 members in MCGA’s ranks. These five hall-of-fame inductees have played a major role in recruiting new members and helping MCGA become the strong, grassroots voice of corn farmers it is today:

  • Doug Toreen, Renville County. Doug has recruited 1,099 MCGA members and belongs to the Renville County Corn &

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Making their voices heard: Legislative reception connects corn farmers and policymakers

Over 40 state legislators, staff, and agency leaders talked farming, biofuels and agriculture policy with corn farmers at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) legislative reception in St. Paul on Wednesday.

The annual reception is an opportunity for corn farmers to connect with policymakers in an informal setting and help develop a better understanding of the challenges faced by farmers.

“The reception is another way to make sure the voices of corn farmers are being heard,”

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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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