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MCGA board members advocate for a strong Farm Bill in Washington D.C.

(Minnesota Senator Tina Smith met with MCGA grower leaders and staff earlier this week)

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association senior public policy director 

Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) public policy efforts work at both the state and federal levels. Earlier this week, a group of MCGA board members traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for federal policy priorities. This advocacy was taking place at a time when uncertain U.S.

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Richard Syverson joins MCGA board of directors

Richard Syverson, who farms in Pope County near Clontarf, is one of the newest additions to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors. Syverson, who was a longtime MCGA regional representative prior to joining the board, will represent district four after being elected at MN Ag EXPO 2018 in January.

Syverson farms corn and soybeans, as well as feeds Holstein steers, on his 1,200 acre farm. He has farmed with his family for 38 years.

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Finding the ‘just right’ volume of cover crop growth

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

How can farmers get the maximum benefit from cover crops in a corn-soybean operation? One scientist tackled the topic at the Fourth Annual Minnesota Nitrogen Management Conference, held recently in St. Cloud.

Matt Ruark, an associate professor in soil fertility and nutrient management at the University of Wisconsin, has been looking at a number of cover crop species, including winter rye, spring barley and various clovers.

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Setting the stage for profitability: International markets

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that.

More than one-third of Minnesota agricultural sales are exported out of the country,

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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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Guardian Energy, Janesville, Minnesota

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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