Tag: Ag Education

Introducing Cara Soukup: A Familiar Face to MN Corn and your new District Field Manager

After 4 ½ years with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), I’m pleased to announce my new role with the organization as the District Field Manager for Territory 3. I will be serving the counties in east central Minnesota surrounding the metro area (see list of counties below). In addition, I will continue to manage MCGA’s Variety Plot Program.

In my previous role as field coordinator, I managed MCGA’s regional representative program and worked closely with our 52 affiliated county organizations.

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Kids Learn about One A-Maize-ing Little Kernel

By Mariah Larson

Last week the first of four 2017 Farm Camps kicked off at Farmamerica near Waseca where several commodity groups came out to share information with youth from across the state about modern agriculture. As a first time attendee myself, I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to talk to campers about Minnesota’s “A-Maize-ing Little Kernel.”

This year the four camps are spread throughout the central part of the state,

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Future ag leaders learn about MCGA’s sustainability mission

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Students recently attended a summer ag education seminar called Heart of the Heartland to hear Minnesota Corn Research and Promotions Council (MCR&PC) Research Director Paul Meints and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, a soil health expert with University of Minnesota Extension, discuss sustainability efforts by today’s farmers.

Meints discussed the 23 farmer-led, conservation-focused research projects funded by the Innovation Grant Program, which began last year as part of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) and MRC&PC’s mission for Minnesota corn farmers to become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn growers in the nation.

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MCGA scholarship awarded to student using corn to create plastics

Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) Undergraduate Researcher Quentoria Walton is the recipient of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association Summer Research Fellowship, awarded to a student who has helped advance CSP’s mission to transform how plastics are made.

Entering her junior year at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Walton received the $2,500 scholarship following her participation in CSP’s summer undergraduate research program. In the program, she worked on a research project that uses sugar from renewable sources like corn to make high-value materials that perform as well as petroleum-based counterparts,

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Ag Policy Forum: National farm groups need young voices

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

It’s a time of decision for agriculture. That became clear at the National Ag Policy Forum at Farmfest last week as farmer leaders discussed the many issues requiring action sooner than later.

While crucial topics like trade, infrastructure and farm labor soon to be decided in congress will weigh heavy on production, the panel reached consensus on the need to grow participation of younger farmers in the grassroots efforts that are vital to the future of farming.

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Carrie Christenson

Meet Carrie Christenson, MCGA’s new district field manager

Now that my first days with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) staff are in the books, all of my anticipation and anxiousness was just as I had hoped it would be – well worth it!  I live in Waseca County and will be the new District Field Manager for the southeast region of Minnesota (see the list of specific counties below). I am very excited to be a part of this organization!

As for my background,

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Kernel Nation connects community to farmers in Waconia

This is the second year that the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has hosted Kernel Nation events, which are held to further develop relationships and make connections between greater Minnesota residents and the corn farming community. Last Wednesday, MCGA hosted their first Kernel Nation event of 2017 in Waconia at J. Carver Distillery.

The night kicked off with a social hour and welcome before the distillery tour and tasting, followed by dinner, drinks and closing remarks from MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr.

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Fuel consulting company addresses ethanol myths with young technicians

In the early days of fuel consulting company MEG Corp, founder Hoon Ge would walk into car dealerships offering ethanol education sessions to the dealer’s technicians. Thinking they would be interested in learning more about the clean, green biofuel, the reception was certainly a surprise to Ge.

“We would really get the cold shoulder,” said Ge, who is a chemical engineer and 25-year veteran of the petroleum industry. “So we had the idea of instead going to the mechanics who are still learning and dispel the myths around ethanol,

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4-H bringing sustainable science to young ages

Starting this year, the 4-H Polymers program will be available to K-2 classrooms nationwide, introducing science in a way that piques curiosity for kids of all ages. This initiative is the result of combining the educational outreach of  4-H with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP), which conducts research to create plastics derived from renewable resources.

The curriculum, titled “Be a 4-H Scientist!  Materials in a Green, Clean World,” focuses on concepts like materials,

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MCGA awards scholarships to future agricultural leaders

In May two students from the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School (AFSA) received a college scholarship from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), which partnered with the school in an effort to help grow the next generation of leaders in agriculture.

Melissa Hall and Elizabeth Weyer received $1,000 scholarships from MCGA. As students at AFSA, both will pursue careers in the agricultural and science fields. The charter school, located in Vadnais Heights,

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