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Another excellent Ag EXPO in the books

MN Ag EXPO 2018 came and went this week, as hundreds from the state’s ag sector gathered at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The two-day event featured a full trade show floor, some great exhibitors, an update on the political scene, and a productive Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) resolutions session and annual meeting. We will have more stories recapping the event in the coming weeks, but in the meantime here are a few highlights from the last two days.

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County annual meetings scheduled statewide

County annual meetings scheduled statewide

Throughout Minnesota, annual meeting season is upon us, as county corn organizations come together for an update on all that was accomplished in 2017, what to expect in the year ahead and of course an opportunity to enjoy some time with your fellow farmers.

The overall success of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is dependent on the participation of growers at the county level. We hope you are able to attend your county meeting,

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7 most-read stories for Minnesota’s corn growers

From regulations to exciting developments in the state’s ag sector, the last year has been a busy one for Minnesota’s corn growers. To recap the topics that caught your attention in 2017, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) put together the most read-stories from the MCGA blog.

Here are the seven most-popular posts from the past year:

  1. New tool helps farmers choose alternative practices to buffers: No surprise to most,

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EPA announces it will not further reduce biofuel volumes in 2018

Update to original story:

Following the reversal of proposals that would undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), 64 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives asked EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to reconsider his support for the RFS in a letter earlier this week. The group representing primarily oil producing states has requested to sit down with the current White House Administration to discuss what they deem is a flawed program that leads to job losses for oil refiners.

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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 and click on the MCR&PC district map.

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