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MCGA director discusses Minnesota’s strides in ag sustainability at 4R Summit

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The 4R Summit, which provides opportunities for key learnings in nutrient management and stewardship, was held in Minneapolis earlier this week. At the conference, Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Executive Director Adam Birr spoke to the group about Minnesota corn farmers as national leaders who seek to bring the best environmental stewardship to modern agriculture.

“4R” refers to the ideal use of fertilizer: placing the nutrient from the right source,

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Brian Ahrens

The 2017 Innovation Grant Program is well underway, with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) investing more than $250,000 in 23 farmer-led projects focused on conservation. Throughout the summer we will be highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality.

Today, we are shining a light on the work of Brian Ahrens, who rethought how he applied nitrogen to his crop in order to prevent fertilizer runoff.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association bolsters staff

As part of its ongoing commitment to identifying opportunities for Minnesota’s 24,000 corn farmers while building connections with the non-farming public, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently announced the hiring of Brent Renneke as Public Relations Manager, in addition to the promotion of Meghan Doyle to Communications Director and Missy Gilbertson to Director of Grower Services.

“We couldn’t be more excited to both grow our communications staff and further strengthen our connections across Greater Minnesota,” MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr said.

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Minnesota farmer running for the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board

Tom Haag, a family farmer near Eden Valley, Minn., and Past President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), is running for a seat on the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Board.

Haag is a fourth-generation farmer and currently farms with his son, Nathan. He currently serves on NCGA’s Research and Business Development action team and previously served on the Grower Services team. In Minnesota, Haag chairs MCGA’s Government Relations committee. He served as MCGA President in 2012-13.

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Closing the book on another successful MN Ag EXPO

Another MN Ag EXPO has come and gone. We’ll have several more posts covering everything that went down last week at MN Ag EXPO 2016 in Mankato, but for now, here are some photos of the attendees, exhibitors and speakers that make EXPO the must-attend agriculture event in Minnesota every winter.

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Fabian Fernandez from the University of Minnesota, left, was one of several agriculture researchers available to visit with EXPO attendees.

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MCR&PC looks to fill 3 seats in 2016

MCRPC_Logo_FinalThe Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has three seats up for election in 2016. The council consists of 11 corn farmers elected from throughout the state and administers the effective and efficient investment of Minnesota’s state corn check-off.

Districts voting for council members in 2016 include districts 3, 5 and 6; district 7, and district 8. To see which counties are in which districts, go to www.mncorn.org and click on the MCR&PC district map.

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Pre-Register for MN Ag EXPO by Friday, Jan. 15

MN Ag EXPO 2016Time again for Minnesota’s largest gathering of corn and soybean producers, MN Ag Expo 2016. Hundreds of farmers will gather at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, Jan. 28.

Registration will be available on-site, but you can avoid lines at the door by pre-registering.

Pre-register quickly and easily online at www.mnagexpo.com. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, January 15. MN Ag EXPO 2016 is free to attend.

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CommonGround Mom2Mom Feature: Cheryl Rude, RD

Written by Jen Haugen

What’s the difference between organic and conventional grown foods?  Is there a difference in food safety?  Nutrition?  These are real questions that pop up in our minds as we shop the supermarket aisles.  One day when I was working as a supermarket dietitian, a mom drove her grocery cart right over to me to ask for my recommendation on the best foods to be purchasing to keep her family safe from harm. 

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Involve farmers in the water quality conversation

Doug Albin

by Doug Albin

As a third-generation family farmer, I’ve been paying attention to agriculture water quality issues for a long time.

On my farm, like many other Minnesota farmers, I use common conservation practices like grass waterways and buffers. I was also one of the first farmers in Minnesota to install a saturated buffer, which protects waterways from nitrogen fertilizer and other nutrients that could run off my fields during heavy rains.

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Where does Minnesota corn go?

By Tim Rasmussen, MCGA Agvocate

My favorite season is wrapping up in Minnesota, corn fields are harvested and corn is being delivered to on-farm or off farm storage. My family farm is located in northwest Minnesota in Fergus Falls, MN (Ottertail County) and we recently completed an early plentiful corn harvest. As I was sitting in the seat of the combine some thoughts ran across my mind. Where will the corn be going next after harvest?

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