Category: Sustainability

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 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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This is what happens when fish are in your corn field

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Steve Lindstrom, who farms near the Cannon River in Welch, lost a 94 acre field of corn and soybeans to the heavy rains that hit the state in mid-June. KSTP-TV news showed video of the field looking like a lake, complete with fish swishing and jumping around.

He’s not alone. Many farmers across the state experienced washouts, and others had such persistent rains they never got into the field to plant.

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MCGA signs coalition letter to prevent WOTUS rule implementation

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is one of 23 Minnesota farm and business organizations signing a letter supporting bipartisan bill H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.

H.R. 5078 will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and adopting the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The letter was sent to Minnesota’s congressional and senate delegation.

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