Tag: Ag Education

7,000 people attended ethanol-fueled Tasseldega Nights at Elko Speedway

The engines were loud, the smiles were wide, and the ethanol information was prevalent on Saturday at Tasseldega Nights 2016 at Elko Speedway. More than 7,000 people turned out to watch a night of ethanol-powered racing, with free admission sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

If you weren’t able to attend, hopefully you have a good excuse. To bring you up to speed on what you missed, here are photos and a few stories from the evening:

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Past MCGA President and Northfield farmer Bruce Peterson addressed the capacity crowd before racing began on Saturday.

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Bigger and better corn foul poles return to St. Paul Saints' CHS Field this season

The St. Paul Saints opened their 2016 season on Thursday night at CHS Field with an 8-3 win over the Gary Southshore Railcats. Once again this season, Minnesota’s corn farmers have a prominent place at CHS Field — a ballpark where farm field meets ball field.

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Like they were last season, the foul poles down the right- and left-field lines feature an eye-catching corn design. This season’s design is a little bit bigger,

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Miss America visited a Minnesota corn farm last week

With planting season winding down, Bruce and Carol Peterson welcomed a special guest to their family farm in Northfield, Minn., last week: Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell.

Yes, Miss America visited a Minnesota corn farm last week. And it was awesome.

Cantrell, who is from Georgia, was in Northfield to promote the First Peas to the Table Contest, which is new national school competition that encourages children in kindergarten through fifth grade to plant,

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Ethanol-fueled “Tasseldega Nights” coming to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway

For the third consecutive year, racing fans at Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway will receive free admission during “Tasseldega Nights,” a special family event brought to you by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to promote clean, renewable, homegrown ethanol fuel.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on June 4 at Elko Speedway. On July 16 at Deer Creek Speedway near Rochester, pit gates open at 2 p.m.,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association scholarship recipients announced

The Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) High School is pleased to announce that Abigail (Abi) Carlson and Craig Munson are both recipients of $1,000 college scholarships, funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Abi Carlson will attend college majoring in agricultural education and minoring in theatre.  Carlson has served as the AFSA High School FFA chapter sentinel one year and chapter reporter for three years.  She has participated in the AgriScience Fair at the regional,

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Attention farmers: MCGA is offering FREE nitrate screening to help you address water quality

Sam P3The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is giving farmers the opportunity to have their well, ditch, stream and tile outlet water tested for nitrates. And it’s completely free.

UPDATE: We’ve added two additional screening opportunities in Crookston and Lamberton. See the updated schedule below.

The screening is completely confidential and takes about 20 minutes. Nitrate testing is an easy way for farmers to get a better idea about water conditions and nutrient loss on their own farms.

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MCGA regional representative to be inducted into FFA Hall of Fame

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) regional representative and longtime agriculture teacher and advocate Dale Busch will be inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame on April 25.

An agriculture teacher for 31 years in St. James and four years in Tracy, Busch impacted thousands of students and played an important role in developing multiple generations of farming leaders. Through his work with MCGA, Busch continues to be a strong voice for Minnesota agriculture.

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Renville County farmer Gerald Mulder honored with special House resolution

A special resolution in the Minnesota House of Representatives honored Renville County family farmer Gerald Mulder on April 14 for his outstanding contributions to Minnesota agriculture.

Mulder has been farming for 43 years and has served on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors for seven years. Mulder has also served on the Renville County 4-H board for 20 years and on the Renville County Farm Bureau board.

“I’m passionate about farming and working to give farmers a strong voice on important issues,” Mulder said.

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Minnesota Corn Growers, U of M Bee Lab offer tips on making your farm more pollinator-friendly

Bee_Mark_MacLennan_MJM_0977-(ZF-4407-50628-1-001)As farmers take to the fields for spring planting, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab are reminding farmers to keep their farms as pollinator-friendly as possible.

“By taking some simple precautions, farmers can continue making a big difference in protecting pollinating insects like bees and butterflies,” said Noah Hultgren, a farmer in Raymond, Minn., and President of MCGA.

Both MCGA and the Bee Lab recommend the following while planting:

  • Minimize dust.

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Making your voices heard: Recapping MCGA's Legislative Reception

Every spring, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) hosts its annual Legislative Reception in St. Paul.

MCGA farmer-leaders spend a lot of time at the State Capitol meeting with legislators, agency staff and other leaders. The Legislative Reception is an opportunity for corn farmers and legislators to come together in a more informal setting to visit about a variety of issues, and get to know a little bit more about each other in the process.

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