Category: Sustainability

Commodity Classic 2017

Commodity Classic 2017 draws thousands

Commodity Classic 2017 is well underway this week in San Antonio. The annual event, held March 2-4 this year, is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention bringing together the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for meetings and more.

The show attendance for 2017 is estimated to be at more than 9,000 individuals, with at least 4,000 of those attendees being farmers.

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2017 Minnesota Session

Legislative Update: Tax debate to start soon

It is expected that state legislators will receive the most up-to-date state revenue and spending projections on Feb. 28 from the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) office. This report is often referred to as the February Forecast. According to MMB, “The February Forecast helps ensure these proposals remain on track and in balance,” and helps the Governor and the legislature to sculpt their final budget plans. The February Forecast will also be used to guide state tax policy for the next two years.

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Nitrogen efficiency key to yield contest winner’s success

Gary Prescher, Delavan, Minn., was recently named a state winner in the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) “National Corn Yield Contest”. Prescher attributes his success to a long-term commitment to improved land and crop management practices; more specifically, soil health through improved drainage, in season crop monitoring with nitrogen, and fertility management.

Back in 2010, Prescher was examining his fields and considering additional ways to improve both consistency and productivity year-to-year.

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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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