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Help share resources during Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month takes place each May to raise awareness of the importance of caring for one’s mental health, and the resources available to do so. As on-farm stress continues to increase with members of Minnesota’s ag sector, it is an opportunity to share the resources available to farmers in our state.

 The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is focusing on a different mental health topic each week in May.

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Three re-elected to MCR&PC

George Goblish, Gary Prescher and Chad Willis were all re-elected to the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council in April

Goblish, who farms in Vesta, was re-elected to represent District 7. Prescher (Delavan) was re-elected to represent District 8. And Willis (Willmar) will retain his position representing Districts 3, 5 and 6.

The MCR&PC administers the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off.

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Former MCGA director Dale Tolifson remembered

Longtime Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) director Dale Tolifson, who farmed near Benson, passed away earlier this week at the age of 73. A lifelong advocate for corn farmers, Tolifson will be dearly missed for both his kindness and his tremendous contributions to Minnesota’s ag sector.

Tolifson served on the MCGA board from 2009-2018, and was also a longtime board member of the Swift County Corn and Soybean Growers Association. During his time in both leadership positions,

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Seed treatment stewardship should be top-of-mind this planting season

While it may be hard to believe, planting season will eventually arrive for Minnesota farmers. In advance of hitting the field, farmers are reminded of the importance of good seed stewardship.

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has released the Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship, a four-part guide covering the safe handling and transport of seeds, as well as the storage, planting and disposal of treated seeds. Here is a brief overview on steps for stewardship of treated seed:

  • Follow directions on treated seed container labeling for handling,
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MCGA partners with Minnesota United for inaugural season at Allianz Field

Photo courtesy of Minnesota United FC

Minnesota United FC kicked off their home schedule on Saturday in brand new Allianz Field, and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was along for the ride as fans enjoyed the start of the season in the state-of-the-art stadium.

MCGA has partnered with the Minnesota United since they became a Major League Soccer team in 2017. The partnership continues to be a terrific opportunity for MCGA to connect with a young,

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Rock County farmers to hold community event Friday that supports local youth

The Rock County Corn & Soybean Growers have teamed up with Luverne’s Take 16 Brewery to hold a community event this Friday that promotes agriculture in southwest Minnesota while raising money for a great cause.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, the “Farm to Pint” event will be serving up hamburgers grilled by the Rock Nobles Cattlemens Association and rib ticklers served up by the Rock County Pork Producers—all in addition to a special Take 16 beer brewed for the event.

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MCGA offers one-stop resource for county scholarship opportunities

County corn organizations across the state support future agricultural leaders in their area through scholarships for current or future students pursuing a degree in agriculture. To help bring awareness to each scholarship opportunity, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association launched a one-stop shop website to learn more about each scholarship offered on the county level.

Visit and select your home county to view the scholarships available in your area. There applicants can learn more about the scholarship,

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MCGA seeks intern to help share farmer stories

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is looking for a creative and organized college student skilled in design to help share stories from the state’s 24,000 corn farmers.

In this paid position, the intern will play a significant role in both conceptualizing and producing compelling designs for MCGA’s print and digital platforms. For undergraduates working towards a career in a design-related field, this internship offers a great opportunity to build a diverse portfolio of design work intended for a number of different audiences,

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Nitrogen Smart seminars put dollars in farmers’ pockets

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota farmers could save $77 million dollars a year from improved nitrogen management practices, experts told the audience at a University of Minnesota Extension Nitrogen Smart seminar last week in Owatonna.

“If we do better at nitrogen management, it puts money in our pockets,” said Brad Carlson, an Extension educator who helps lead Nitrogen Smart seminars. “As an industry, the cheapest thing we can do to reduce nitrate losses is managing nitrogen with more precision.”

While helping farmers save through improved management practices,

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Finding value in variable-rate nitrogen programs

Northfield farmer Sam Peterson joined the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program in 2017 to research the economic benefit of variable-rate nitrogen (VRN) programs. While Peterson and his dad, Bruce, had started embracing these programs, it was difficult to determine the return on their investment.

Peterson was familiar with the variety of VRN programs, all of which tout the same benefits but use different methods to get there. With that, he tested out three of the more prominent brands—Central Advantage’s Nitrate Now,

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