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Macy Petrowiak

Meet Macy, MCGA’s newest District Field Manager

By Macy Petrowiak

Hello everyone! My name is Macy Petrowiak. I am a District Field Manager for District 4, which covers southwestern Minnesota (a full list of counties in my territory is below).

I grew up on a farm just south of Fairmont, where we grew corn and soybeans and raised a few cattle. While my family quit farming and raising livestock in 2008, my dad has continued to sell seed in addition to working his full-time job.

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The most-read stories from 2018

While it brought its fair share of challenges, 2018 will also be remembered as a year when the power of grassroots outreach took center stage. The most-read stories from last year include a number of moments when corn growers made their voice heard on both the state and federal level.

Here are the eight most-popular posts from the MCGA blog in 2018:

  1. MCGA, WCCO Radio to co-host Greater Minnesota Gubernatorial Debate: The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) partnered with WCCO Radio and Minnesota AgriGrowth to host the Greater Minnesota Debate,

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Meet Nicole Frank, MCGA’s new District Field Manager

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole (Krumrie) Frank and I am excited to be back with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), serving as the District Field Manager for District 2. Some might recognize me, as I served as an intern with MCGA from 2016-2017. During my time as an intern, I was able to learn about the organization, advocate for Minnesota’s corn farmers, and meet many of our farmer members at various events and tradeshows.

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Recapping my first six months with Minnesota Corn

By Kenzie Barth, Minnesota Corn Growers Association 2018-2019 intern

As October has come and gone, I’ve realized that I’m already halfway through my internship with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), which I can’t believe. Halfway in, I’ve already had so many experiences that have helped me grow and learn more about MCGA and everything we do. Here are some highlights of my internship so far:

CommonGround Workshop and Farm Dinner

In June,

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MN Capitol

State elections bring major changes to St. Paul

The 2018 midterm elections came and went Tuesday with near-record voter turnout for a midterm election. Nearly 2.6 million Minnesotans voted, and with a nearly 64 percent turnout, it was the highest midterm turnout since 2002.

While many observed that the 2016 election was a year when rural areas around the country had exerted more clout, the 2018 election in Minnesota was largely the result of a “suburban wave.” For example, voter turnout in Hennepin County was 77 percent,

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MCGA now accepting applications for 2019 Internship Program

Are you a full-time college student who is interested in gaining valuable exposure to the many different aspects of Minnesota agriculture? The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is currently seeking qualified candidates for its 2019 Internship Program to help with educational and outreach programs, communications, member engagement and office operations.

In the paid role, interns will gain valuable experience in communications, whether it is developing content for the website or contributing to MCGA’s different social channels.

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40 Square expands health insurance options for farmers, agribusinesses

Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses will again have the option to enroll in health plans offered through 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, an agricultural health plan co-op providing access to self-funded health insurance. After more than 1,000 individuals enrolled in the program last year, 40 Square will be expanding its health plans in 2019.

40 Square now offers seven health plans, including Health Savings Account (HSA) eligible plans and a new high deductible plan featuring low monthly premiums.

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Sen. Smith visits Cannon Falls corn farm to discuss issues impacting farmers

U.S. Senator Tina Smith visited the farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) director Les Anderson in Cannon Falls to discuss the issues impacting the state’s corn growers. The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative, which was launched to bring candidates for elected office to family corn farms to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming in our state.

Anderson, joined by his wife Jeannie,

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Brian Thalmann

MCGA elects president, officers for 2018-2019

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors elected Brian Thalmann as its president for 2018-2019. Thalmann is a fifth-generation farmer from Plato who grows corn and soybeans. He was elected to the MCGA board in 2012.

Les Anderson, who farms in Cannon Falls, was elected vice president. Courtland farmer Tim Waibel was elected treasurer, and Bryan Biegler, who farms in Lake Wilson, was elected secretary.

All will begin their one-year terms on Oct.

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Meet Tanner Sanborn, MCGA’s new district field manager

By Tanner Sanborn, Minnesota Corn Growers Association district field manager

My name is Tanner Sanborn and I am the new district field manager for southeastern Minnesota, otherwise known as Field District 5 (See the list below for my specific counties). I grew up on a farm outside of Mazeppa and have lived and worked in Southeast Minnesota for most of my life.

Agriculture has also been a big part of my life growing up and in my career to date.

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