Tag: Ag Education

MCGA student Agvocate selected to receive national agriculture scholarship

One of this year’s William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarship winners is Katie Peterson, a Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) student Agvocate majoring in political science at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Peterson, a sophomore who grew up on a family farm in Grove City, Minn., was honored last week at Commodity Classic in New Orleans.

The scholarship was created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future and is co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and BASF.

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Changing Nitrogen Use: good for yields, good for the environment

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

“You can adapt to change!” was the rallying cry issued to several hundred farmers who came to hear the latest science about nitrogen fertilizer.

Prof. Fabian Fernandez used these words to open the second annual Minnesota Nitrogen Management Conference last week in Rochester. The conference was titled, “Nitrogen: Minnesota’s Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity.”

A series of experts spoke through the day and took different angles at the issue of nitrogen,

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Governor’s Water Summit: Can state’s water challenges be made into economic opportunities?

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Paul filled to overflowing on Saturday with an estimated 800 stakeholders all gathered to draw up the outlines of an action plan for restoring and protecting Minnesota’s waters.

A strong representation of farmers and agribusiness attended the meeting — 17 grower leaders from Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), joined by representatives of Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Farmers Union and other agricultural groups — all there to describe the work farmers have put into improving water quality,

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Summarizing news coverage of Gov. Dayton's water summit

We’ll have several more posts throughout this week covering Gov. Dayton’s water summit, which took place on Saturday in St. Paul. For now, here’s a quick summary of the news coverage of the event.

  • Right off the bat, anti-pipeline protesters interrupted the governor’s opening remarks during the summit. The stunt ended up hijacking the headlines in many media accounts of the summit.
  • Once the protesters left the stage,

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Conservation, corn farming and your chance to win Twins season tickets

Once again, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has teamed with popular Minnesota Twins podcast “Gleeman & the Geek” to give away a 20-game Twins season ticket package for the 2016 season at Target Field.

All you have to do is download the latest “Gleeman & the Geek” podcast, listen for the keyword, and go to mnfarmteam.com to enter the keyword in the contest section. You can earn additional entries by Tweeting or Facebooking a special message that appears after you enter the keyword.

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Myth vs. Fact on farming, nitrogen, buffers and water quality

Myth: Farmers apply too much nitrogen on crop land.

Fact: University of Minnesota Best Management Practices for Nitrogen Use identifies an acceptable range of nitrogen fertilizer (N) at 130-180 pounds per acre for corn after corn and an acceptable range of 100-140 pounds per acre for corn after soybeans. An example of actual application rates, Minnesota farmers applied an average of 140 pounds per acre of nitrogen fertilizer on corn acres in 2010.

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The farmer’s perspective: Answering questions about agriculture’s impact on water quality

Here at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, we receive questions every day about farming, water quality and the efforts of farmers to protect and improve our states lakes, rivers and streams.

We decided to take some of the most commonly asked questions and answer them here on the blog. If you have questions that we didn’t answer in this post, hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

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EWG is really good at preying on people's fears, not so good at liking Tweets

Whether it’s sun tan lotion, farm policy or what you eat for dinner, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is always trying to scare you about something. But what’s truly scary about EWG is its disregard for sound science and objectivity.

Farmers caught on to EWG’s tactics a long time ago. After all, it’s farmers that EWG spends countless hours demonizing in their efforts to use pseudoscience to boost their own bottom line and build its brand.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Sponsors Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School

AFSA_High_School_logoThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is the newest sponsor of the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) High School.  MCGA is funding two college scholarships for students who will graduate from AFSA High School in spring 2016.

“Minnesota’s corn farmers are proud to play a role in giving two AFSA High School students the opportunity to attend college,” said Bruce Peterson, a farmer in Northfield and president of MCGA.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Selects 2015-16 Student Agvocates

In an effort to develop the next generation of leaders in Minnesota agriculture, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has selected three college students to serve as student Agvocates in 2015-16.

Over the next year, Katie Peterson, Tim Rasmussen and Sam Peterson will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers while gaining valuable leadership experience in the areas of production agriculture, agribusiness, ag policy, public relations and environmental stewardship.

MCGA student Agvocates help corn farmers connect with the non-farming public on college campuses and at events throughout Minnesota.

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