Category: Sustainability

Research funded by Minnesota corn farmers to be highlighted in new publication

Minnesota’s corn farmers support $4 million in third-party research projects annually that address important topics like protecting water quality, increasing yields and managing inputs such as fertilizer more efficiently and effectively.

A new “Research Summary” publication from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) will highlight more than 50 completed research projects. The summary will be mailed to all Minnesota corn farmers in the coming weeks.

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Register today for the 2015 Extension ag drainage workshops

A series of collaborative workshops focused on ag drainage are set for February and March in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. The two-day, hands-on workshops are put on by the University of Minnesota Extension, North Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension.

“Our drainage design workshops are a complete package for farmers who want to know how to design drainage systems,” said Brad Carlson, an ag drainage specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. 

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Statement from MCGA President Bruce Peterson on Gov. Dayton’s planned buffer proposal

The following is a statement from Bruce Peterson, a farmer in Northfield and President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, on Gov. Dayton’s plan to propose 50-feet of buffer strips along all Minnesota waterways:

“By investing $4 million annually in third-party research through institutions like the University of Minnesota, and by supporting initiatives such as Discovery Farms, Minnesota corn farmers have taken the lead on issues related to agricultural water quality and wildlife habitat.

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With $9 million from USDA, Water Quality Certification goes statewide

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Twenty-eight farmers signed up for and helped tweak Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification program during its pilot phase. Now the program will be open to farmers in every watershed in Minnesota, thanks to a $9 million dollar grant from the USDA.

Two farm families who took part in the pilot helped announce the expanded program on Wednesday at the Orville Freeman building in Saint Paul — the headquarters of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

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MCGA submits comments on DNR penalty plan that impacts irrigators

Recently, the Minnesota DNR solicited public comments on its Draft Plan for the Use of Administrative Penalty Authority. The plan outlines actions DNR may take if water users who use 10,000 gallons or more of surface or groundwater per day, or 1 million gallons per year, do not obtain the proper permit.

On behalf of its more than 7,000 members, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) issued comments on the draft plan on Dec.

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MCGA Radio: Warren Formo talks Discovery Farms Minnesota

On this week’s Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Radio, Warren Formo from the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center provides an update on Discovery Farms Minnesota.

Formo also highlights a series of feature stories we’re doing here at MinnesotaCornerstone.com to profile the farmers who participate in Discovery Farms Minnesota.

Listen to Formo’s interview below, then catch up on the feature stories here, here and here.

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Why do Minnesota corn farmers partner with Gophers Sports?

On Monday, Minnesota Gophers men’s hockey coach Don Lucia kicked off the first Gophers Speaker Series sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

The event was an opportunity for about 75 Gophers season ticket holders and Twin Cities business leaders to hear from Lucia (along with senior forward Travis Boyd) in an intimate setting away from the spotlight of television cameras and beat reporters.

Sponsoring the Gophers Speaker Series is one of several ways Minnesota corn farmers partner with Gophers Sports.

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Discovery Farms Profile: Measuring up to a high standard in water quality means the world to Simonsen family

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

For years, Diamond Lake has been the summer gathering place for the Simonsen family. Four years ago Paul and Janet built a house there to replace the family cabin. Fishing, swimming and jet skiing all have their devotees among the three generations.

So Paul and Janet Simonsen, who farm in Renville County, are very conscious about water quality.

That might be the top reason they decided to sign on with the farmer-funded research program called Minnesota Discovery Farms — 11 different farm operations across Minnesota,

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Unique conservation project uses cedar trees to stop streambank erosion

In an effort to help stabilize the stream bank and restore aquatic habitat in Riceford Creek in Houston County, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is supporting a unique conservation project.

Researchers and work crews from Winona State University, The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Corps Minnesota are stacking red cedar trees along sections of the stream bank susceptible to erosion.

The trees help absorb a lot of the energy from the flowing water,

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