Category: Policy

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

Marketing MN farm products to the world

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

How important are export markets to Minnesota farmers?

  • $539.5 million in annual sales of grain and grain products
  • $1.2 billion in total economic output generated
  • $381.7 million of the Gross State Product (GSP)
  • 3,988 Minnesota jobs supported by export sales

(source: Value of Trade Study, 2014, US Grains Council)

“We have grown a tremendous crop this year,

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Farmers: Remember to complete NASS surveys

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in your mailbox soon—and it’s very important that you take the time to complete it.

The number of farmers completing the NASS survey has been declining in recent years, and that’s bad news for farmers. Survey results are important in determining the implementation of farm payments and programs—from the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program (county option) to the Price Loss Coverage Program—even farm appraisals.

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Partnerships will help Minnesota corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the U.S.

Written by Zach Fore

Part of the appeal of corn farming is the independence it offers. You are your own boss, using a combination of science, skill, gut feeling and a little bit of luck to grow a crop every year and (hopefully) turn a profit.

But corn farmers can’t do it all on their own. Finding the right partners is key to helping corn farmers improve their own operations,

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Guardian Energy, Janesville, Minnesota

Developing new markets will help MN corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the U.S.

Written by Jerry Demmer

Did you know that corn is an ingredient in more than 4,000 consumer products? Or that every gallon of regular unleaded fuel you put in your vehicle contains 10 percent ethanol made from corn?

Yes, corn is used for more than just feeding livestock. It touches our lives in many ways, whether we’re brushing our teeth (corn is an ingredient in tooth paste), going for a run (the soles of tennis shoes include corn),

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MCGA is Committed to Conservation

Sustainability programs part of MCGA’s goal of becoming most environmentally responsible farmers in U.S.

Written by John Mages

As combines started rolling and harvest season 2016 began, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) unveiled an ambitious new plan to help Minnesota’s corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible farmers in the United States.

Yes, that’s a lofty goal. But as a farmer for the last 35 years, it’s a goal I’m confident that we can achieve.

One of the action steps of MCGA’s plan encourages farmers to engage in an already existing sustainability program.

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MCGA: We will become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the U.S.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced today its intentions to implement an ambitious set of initiatives with the goal of making Minnesota corn farmers the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the United States.

In making the announcement, MCGA President Harold Wolle said: “This is a grassroots, farmer-driven effort that addresses values shared by both farmers and non-farmers. It’s a lofty goal. But we believe the approximately 25,000 corn farmers MCGA represents are already making great strides in achieving it.

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Vietnam DDGS inspection team tours Minnesota farm and ethanol plant

A group of 13 trade delegates from Vietnam recently visited the farm of Harold Wolle in St. James, Minn., and the Poet Biorefining ethanol plant in Lake Crystal as part of a weeklong fact-finding tour. The group was impressed by the productivity of American farmers and agribusinesses, and they were reassured by seeing firsthand the quality of their products.

A major objective of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), which helped organize the trade mission,

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Minnesota corn farmers encourage Congress to pass TPP in 2016

Did you know that agricultural exports provide over 20 percent of U.S. farm income and support one million American jobs? Or that one in every three farm acres is planted for export? Or how about the fact that for every $1 of agricultural exports, another $1.22 is generated in business activity, sending a positive ripple effect throughout the entire economy, especially in rural areas?

Yes, trade plays a major role in boosting the U.S.

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Farmers: Report crop losses to crop insurance agent BEFORE harvesting

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is reminding farmers to contact their crop insurance agent before harvesting fields to report and verify crop losses.

Heavy rains throughout Minnesota have left some farmers dealing with issues like flooded fields, mold and stalk rot caused by wet soil. A 24-hour period from Sept. 21-22 saw some areas of the state get drenched with anywhere from 5-10 inches of rain.

“Don’t hesitate to contact your crop insurance agent about losses.

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Minnesota corn farmer testifies at pollinator and neonic hearing

A legislative hearing last week focused on Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent executive order on protecting pollinators, specifically a section of the order that requires farmers to prove that they face “imminent danger of significant crop loss” before they can make foliar applications of neonictinoids. MDA is also requesting regulatory authority of treated seeds.

Brian Thalmann, a fifth-generation farmer near Plato, Minn., and a director on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association board, was the lone farmer to testify at the hearing.

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