Category: Sustainability

The Novak Family

Novak family recognized as ‘Farm Family of the Game’

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Novak family are hard-working, conservation-minded farmers in the northwest corner of Minnesota. They were recently honored at a University of Minnesota men’s hockey game, as the ‘Gophers Farm Family of the Game.’

Garrett and Andrea Novak, of St. Hilaire (six miles south of Thief River Falls) have four daughters: Natalie, 12; Miranda, 10; Aliyah, 7; and Bristol, 4. The two older daughters accompanied mom and dad to the game at Mariucci Arena,

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Kristie Swenson

CommonGround volunteers talk advanced plant breeding techniques

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With great precision, advanced plant breeding techniques with acronyms like CRISPR, CRISPR-Cas, and TALEN, will more reliably produce the food consumers are looking for and, at the same time, help farmers conserve natural resources, reduce impacts on the environment, and plant crops with a greater assurance that what they plant will grow to maturity and be gathered at harvest time.

A small group of CommonGround volunteers from across the U.S.

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World Soil Day: Dig into Soil Health

The Soil Health Partnership commemorates World Soil Day on Dec. 5 by encouraging farmers to consider ways they can improve soil health. Not sure where to start? Take a few minutes to watch this fun and informative white board video, “Farmers to the Rescue: How Healthy Soil Can Save the Planet.”

Soil Health PartnershipThe group also will host a Virtual Field Day Webinar on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m.

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Financial Planning

Year-End Financials: Preparing for an effective visit with your lender

Now that fall harvest season has come to a close, farmers are beginning to meet with their lenders and financial advisors. Below is a brief guide that may be helpful when preparing for those visits. MCGA encourages growers to seek out experts that best suit their farm and financial needs.

Written By Joel Larson, AgStar Financial Services

How do you feel about meeting with your ag lender? Do you look forward to it,

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Don’t miss the Conservation Tillage Conference Dec. 13-14

Written by Nicole Krumrie

Minnesota Corn is proud to sponsor the Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) coming up December 13-14, 2016. The two day conference, hosted in Fargo, North Dakota, features breakout sessions, table talks, farmer panels, demonstrations, and keynote speakers.

CTC is a great way for farmers to gain insight from other growers, agronomists, academic experts, and production economists on how to better conserve natural resources and on-farm inputs,

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Harold Wolle

MCGA seeks common sense solutions to health insurance concerns

Dear MCGA member,

Over the past few weeks, members have shared their stories with us regarding cancelled health insurance coverage and massive premium hikes. What we have heard overwhelmingly from our members is that options are limited and the options that are available are unaffordable, an issue further compounded by a struggling rural economy.

MCGA will be discussing potential solutions to pursue legislatively over the next few months during our grassroots process.

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Nitrogen Smart workshops are coming to your area

University of Minnesota Extension invites growers to attend one of several upcoming Nitrogen Smart workshops.

Nitrogen Smart focuses on fundamentals for maximizing economic return on nitrogen investments and minimizing nitrogen losses. Each workshop is tailored to fit that specific region of the state.

“The goal of these sessions is to help farmers gain a better understanding of how to manage nitrogen more effectively,” says Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension educator and workshop presenter.

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Battling wet conditions, harvest 2016

Farmers battling wet conditions, still getting the job done

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The late October skies brought another three inches of rain to southeast Minnesota and some parts of western Minnesota, while a wide band across the middle of the state got an inch-plus of unwanted rain: But farmers still managed to make significant harvest progress.

Northwest Minnesota has joined the ranks of major corn and soybean producing areas. John Swanson, of Mentor, who farms with his son,

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Warm fall soil temps delay nitrogen application

Written by Anne Struffert and Greg Klinger
University of Minnesota Extension Educators in Agricultural Water Quality Protection

Despite delays due to wet weather, harvest is in progress or already finished for most Minnesota row crop acres. Now an important decision for many farmers is whether or not, and when, to apply fall nitrogen fertilizer. Fall nitrogen fertilizer is only recommended in the northern and western part of the state where climate and soils make nitrogen loss less likely.

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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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