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Nitrogen Smart seminars put dollars in farmers’ pockets

Written by Jonathan

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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Pre-Harvest Marketing Plan Workshops begin March 6

University of Minnesota Extension is hosting three workshops
in March focused on best practices for writing a grain marketing plan.
Supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the workshops will cover
marketing skills that growers can use to increase gross revenue and profit
during tight margin conditions.

At each meeting, Extension specialists will work with grain
farmers and agri-business professionals to write a pre-harvest marketing plan.
Guidance will be provided on how to best review input costs,

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MCGA welcomes three to board of directors

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) welcomed three
new board members to its joint meeting with the Minnesota Corn Research &
Promotion Council last week. The three were elected by delegates to January’s MCGA
annual meeting at MN Ag EXPO.

Dana Allen-Tully, who lives in Eyota, was elected to
represent farmers in District 3. Allen-Tully owns and manages a dairy farm
where they also grow corn, alfalfa, sweet peas and sweet corn. David (D.J.)
VanKlompenburg and Jim Kanten were elected to At-Large positions.

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Choosing the right corn herbicide

The following is from Minnesota Corn Growers Association Allied Partner, Syngenta.

As an Allied Partner, Syngenta supports the work being done to
identify and promote opportunities for corn farmers while improving quality of
life. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association thanks Syngenta for its support.

We’ve all been there – texting with friends or significant
others about where to eat – and then received the dreaded “I don’t know,

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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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Nation’s corn farmers express disappointment in Bud Light ad

Corn farmers nationwide expressed their disappointment with Bud Light Sunday evening after a Super Bowl ad by the beer company cast corn in a negative light. In the ad, Bud Light boasted about their product not using corn syrup, while their competitors do.

The National Corn Growers Association swiftly responded to the advertisement in the following tweet, which was retweeted more than 3,000 times and has more than 8,000 likes:


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Meet Kennedy, your District 3 Field Manager

Hello everyone!

My name is Kennedy Janssen and I am the new District 3 Field Manager for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

I am originally from Sherburn and have been [literally] surrounded by corn fields and many facets of agriculture my entire life. I am very excited to continue to work in our state’s incredible ag sector and to have the opportunity to communicate with famers and consumers alike; sharing the good news of agriculture and promoting corn across Minnesota.

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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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