Category: Partnerships

At Farmers Fair, farmers share conservation know-how

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) teams up with Sauk River Watershed District each spring to organize the Stearns County Farmers Fair, where they bring farmers the latest information about conservation.

What has made the fair successful in its first two years is the farmers themselves give the presentations about the conservation practices they have implemented, the methods they use—what works and what hasn’t worked.

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MnDOT recruits farmers for Standing Corn Rows program

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has begun its annual recruiting for the Standing Corn Rows program, which encourages farmers to leave standing corn rows along highways during harvest to prevent blowing snow the following winter.

Participating farmers not only improve road safety, but also receive compensation for their efforts. Average payment to the landowner is about $1,000 per acre for a winter season of blowing snow control protection.

Farmers who are interested in enrolling in the program first need to check if their site is eligible by contacting a local coordinator (More information here).

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Setting the stage for profitability: Local partnership produces game-changing innovation

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that. You can read the series to date here.

Through the corn check-off, Minnesota farmers have invested nearly $15 million in University of Minnesota research since 1985.

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Harold Wolle provides a tour to a U.S. Grain Council trade team

Minnesota’s corn growers build relationships abroad with statewide benefits

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders have worked closely with outside organizations like the U.S. Grains Council to build export markets for American agriculture. By hosting delegations from across the world and traveling abroad to see export market opportunities up close, Minnesota’s corn growers are building relationships that will lead to a more sustainable future for our state’s ag sector.

Minnesota’s agricultural production exceeds $16 billion annually, making it the fifth largest in the country.

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New service brings livestock to farmers for grazing opportunities

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Providing low-cost feed for the cattle while enriching soil, grazing is one of the five principles of crop land soil health. But for farmers who have the right operation to utilize grazing, just finding livestock producers who are willing and able to transport their herds can be tricky.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Cropland Grazing Exchange has just marked its first year of helping approximately 100 livestock farmers and row crop farmers make that connection by serving as matchmaker between the two.

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Video tells the story of farmers as water quality producers

(Soil scientist Kevin Kuehner checks the edge-of-field monitoring equipment at a site near Bridge Creek in Southeastern Minnesota.)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A newly released video (see below) shows the efforts by farmers to implement practices that prevent soil and nutrient loss in three small watersheds of southeastern Minnesota’s Root River. The ultimate goal over the decade-plus effort by farmers in the watershed is enhancing the water quality of nearby streams.

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Farm Camp Minnesota

Register today for Farm Camp Minnesota

Farm Camp Minnesota returns this summer for its seventh year, and registration is now open for children in grades three-six who are interested in attending the fun and educational day camp.

Farm Camp will be held at three different farm locations, including in the Sartell area (held on July 17), Waseca area (Aug. 13 and 14), and the Northfield area near Dundas (Aug. 16). Each camp is organized by local farmers and supported by farm organizations,

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MARL enters 18th year of training leaders in agriculture

(MARL participants toured Croatia to learn more about its developing ag sector)

Participants in the Minnesota Agriculture Research Program (MARL) recently capped off the 18-month program with an international study seminar in Croatia. The trip abroad is one of many experiences MARL graduates are exposed to as they work to become better leaders in Minnesota’s ag sector.

MARL was officially launched in 2000 as a two-year program open to ag professionals with leadership experience interested in learning applicable skills in leadership,

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A potential revolution in plant disease prevention

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Lactonase is a commonly occurring enzyme. With a small genetic tweak, it could start a revolution in agriculture by replacing chemical crop protection treatments in a way that arrests the evolution of bacteria that cause plant infection.

Two researchers spent a day at MN Ag Expo, held in January, to tell farmers about the investigation into this enzyme. It’s a project supported by the Minnesota Corn Research &

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Commodity Classic 2018 recap in pictures

Commodity Classic 2018 wrapped up last week in Anaheim. Held Feb. 26-Mar. 1, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention brought together representatives from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. While news surfaced about changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, Commodity Classic 2018 went on with numerous productive meetings and educational opportunities for corn growers.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was again well represented at Commodity Classic.

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