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Fellow farmers: Tell your story and meet growing consumer demand for information

Written by Kristie Swenson

Recently, I had one of the most intimidating experiences of my entire life: I did multiple live media interviews about agriculture.

Along with three other CommonGround volunteer farm women, I traveled to New York City to give TV and radio interviews about agriculture. During one of the interviews, we rattled off the eight GMO crops, and the interviewer was clearly surprised. “Wow,” he said. 

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Companies talk “big data” on MN Ag EXPO 2015 panel

Written by Maria Wingert, MCGA Agvocate

A panel of four professionals from agricultural technology companies shared the latest news in big data on the farm last month at the 2015 MN Ag EXPO.

Representatives from FarmLink, the Climate Corporation, DuPont Pioneer, and John Deere gave farmers and agriculture professionals insight into what on-site data generation technology can do to improve their farming operations.

A large portion of the presentation was dedicated to making technology like risk analysis tools or nutrient content measuring products a useable endeavor for famers,

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3 more E15 stations now open in Minnesota

Before 2014 came to a close, three more Minnesota fuel stations began dispensing E15.

Drivers can now find E15 — a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — at the following stations:

  • Minnoco in Plymouth, 9950 County Road 9
  • Bobby & Steve’s Auto World in Columbia Heights, 3701 Central Ave. NE
  • Cenex in Brooks (Red Lake County in Northwest Minnesota), 106 U.S.

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New partnership brings together corn farming and Minnesota high school sports

Minnesota’s high school athletes work hard to be the best on the athletic field. Minnesota’s corn farmers do the same in our state’s farm fields. That’s why the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proudly sponsoring this year’s Minnesota State High School League state football, basketball and hockey tournaments, which are broadcast live on KSTC-TV, Channel 45.

“It’s a great opportunity for corn farmers to reach a loyal audience that includes a diverse mix of urban and rural,

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Sauk Rapids farm family to be honored at Saturday's Gophers football game

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Sauk Rapids farmers Brian and Brenda Kaschmitter will be honored at the Sept. 7 Gophers football game as the Minnesota Corn Growers Farm Team Family of the Game.

The Kaschmitter’s were selected because of their commitment to take care of the land they farm. A different family will be honored as the Minnesota Corn Growers Farm Team Family during every Gophers home football game this season.

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Farm tour brings irrigation into focus

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmer Alan Peterson hosted two dozen guests, including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Assistant Commissioner Matt Wohlman in a tour of area farms near Clear Lake last week to show the theory and practice of irrigation in Minnesota.

Irrigators are responsible stewards of water and land resources, Peterson told the assembled group. The tour demonstrated that irrigation is an economic necessity in the central region due to its light,

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A weakened Renewable Fuel Standard helps these 10 people

High rollin’ Big Oil executives, the Koch Brothers, and asthma inhaler manufacturers make a list of the top 10 people who benefit from a weakened Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compiled by Fuels America.

Minnesota corn farmers have been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue final numbers on the 2014 RFS, which sets targets for the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply.

EPA proposed drastically slashing the RFS,

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Want to make your farm more pollinator-friendly? Check out the MCGA Pollinator Guide

The decline of pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies have been a hot topic recently. Like a lot of hot topics in agriculture, farmers seem to be caught in the middle of a blame game being played by several outside organizations and interests.

While fingers are pointed and the shouting gets louder, many farmers simply want to know what they can do to help pollinators.

That’s why the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has released the MCGA Pollinators Guide,

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68 percent of Minnesota corn crop in good to excellent condition

The latest USDA crop progress report says 68 percent of the Minnesota corn crop is in good to excellent condition. The report also said 61 percent of corn was at or beyond the silking stage, 10 points behind the five-year average.

Farmers in southern Minnesota could use a little bit of rain to boost moisture levels while many northern Minnesota farmers were hit with heavy rains last week.

Thank you to all the farmers who persevered through a wet and cold spring this year.

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