Category: Sustainability

MN House 2017

Bills beginning to move at Capitol

Legislative leadership recently established deadlines to move bills through the process during the 2017 session. These deadlines are earlier than recent legislative sessions. As a result, we should start to see increased action at the committee and floor level on legislation that could impact corn farmers.

Under the schedule approved by Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, all bills that have been introduced must be passed by the house of origin by Friday,

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Minnesota corn farm-Summer 2016

Nitrogen management conferences focus on precision agriculture

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Hundreds of farmers and crop consultants had the opportunity last week to learn how they could improve their nitrogen management techniques and maximize inputs, while minimizing environmental impacts and helping their bottom line.

MAWRCIt was all part of the ninth annual Nutrient Management Conference held in St. Cloud, Minn. on Feb. 7. The conference was organized by the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) and supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

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2017 Legislative Update

Legislative update: Rural issues remain top of mind

Significant farm and rural issues are receiving considerable attention at the State Capitol and earlier committee deadlines this year are contributing to a faster pace of bill introductions and committee discussions. Here’s a quick update on some of the key issues of interest to corn farmers.

Water Quality

On Friday, Feb. 3, at the Minnesota Environmental Congress, Gov. Dayton announced that he wanted a “25 by 25” plan concerning Minnesota’s water resources – a 25-percent improvement in water quality by the year 2025.

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Strip tillage on the Biegler farm

Water Summit addresses concerns, solutions for water quality

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A packed auditorium of farmers, local residents and government officials from across the state came together for Governor Dayton’s second annual Town Hall Water Summit, held on the campus of University of Minnesota-Morris in late January.

Water SummitThe day-long event focused on the complex issues facing Minnesota’s waters in both rural and urban areas of the state, and solutions to help improve water quality.

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ALAMN Station Event

American Lung Association MN continues to promote clean air benefits of ethanol

Written by Nicole Krumrie

Jon Hunter was recently named Director of Clean Air with the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN). But Hunter is no stranger to the ethanol or its clean air benefits; he’s has been working with ALA since 2010 on grant programs.

“I’m looking forward to seeing markets expand and how we can promote ethanol,” says Hunter. “It will be an interesting year to see how the markets and the ethanol world respond to change.”

This past year,

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MCGA at MN Ag EXPO 2017

MCGA re-elects six grower leaders to board of directors

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Delegates to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) recent annual meeting at MN Ag EXPO 2017 in Mankato re-elected six farmers to its board of directors.

Paul Henning, Okabena, was re-elected to represent District 1; Tim Waibel, Courtland, District 2; Chuck DeGrote, Clara City, District 4; Noah Hultgren, Willmar, District 5; and Bryan Biegler, Lake Wilson, and Kirby Hettver, DeGraff, were elected to at-large positions.

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Cody Sievert, UMN Farm Family of Game

UMN Gopher Hockey Farm Family of the Game: The Sievert Family

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Deric and Julie Sievert both grew up on dairy farms, so they know what’s left in the cow stall isn’t just a throw away. Paying particular attention to where those nutrients go keeps their farm, just north of Gibbon, going strong.

The Sievert family raises corn, soybeans, barley and alfalfa, along with cattle, hogs and sheep, and a few chickens. The Sieverts vary the application of manure according to where the soil needs it most,

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Keynote panel at MN Ag EXPO 2017

Agribusiness leaders consider trend towards mergers and impact on farmers

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Mergers among agribusinesses, like the consolidation of acres into larger farms, is a trend with pros and cons according to some leading figures in agribusiness. And it’s a trend that will remain a powerful economic force in the agricultural world.

“We are a trend following a trend,” says Steve Koep, the lead principal at a new Minneapolis-based business consulting firm, Clutch Performance, a go-to-market consulting and training group.

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Buffers in eastern MN

Buffer alternatives: Finding the right conservation ‘fit’ for each farm

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota’s buffer law was created to protect state water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. While Minnesota farmers agree with the intended outcomes of the buffer law, many are concerned that what is proscribed in the legislation will not achieve the intended results.

That’s why the law was also written to give farmers and landowners ‘alternatives’ in cases where the vegetative buffer won’t work or where there might be an even better way to achieve the same water quality benefit.

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Minnesota Harvest

Klobuchar’s office to host public forums as part of Farm Bill Tour

On Monday, January 23, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will kick off her Farm Bill Tour. Klobuchar’s staff will join with Minnesota agriculture leaders – including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson – to gather input from Minnesotans on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill. Over the two-day tour, Klobuchar’s office will host forums open to the public in six counties across Minnesota. The forums are free and open to the public. Growers are encouraged to attend.

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