Tag: Ag Education

Food & Ag Day takes over University of Minnesota Gopher football game

Minnesota agriculture took center stage at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday during the 5th Annual Ag & Food Day, as the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers took on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. The more than 43,000 in attendance were treated to a convincing Gopher victory while learning about the work of Minnesota’s farmers.

Prior to the game, ag companies and commodity groups filled Oak Street in front of the stadium with takeaway items and information about the various sectors that make up Minnesota agriculture.

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MCGA District Meetings set for November

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will host five district meetings around the state this November. These meetings are free and open to all farmers.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for farmers to become better acquainted with recent activities of MCGA, and learn what lies ahead for Minnesota agriculture. This year’s meetings will be especially important, as they’ll give farmers a chance to meet their local district field manager if they haven’t already.

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Field day touts bottom-line benefits of soil health

(Photo: Soil Health Partnership Director Nick Goeser shows the benefits of cover crops up close)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Bryan Biegler has planted mixes of rye grass, turnips, brassicas and more as cover crops between the rows of his corn and soybeans. His hope is the right mix will mean he can stop applying pre-emergent herbicide.

In August, Biegler hosted about 60 farmers, agronomists and conservationists recently at a field day to discuss his work with soil-friendly cover crops and reduced tillage.

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Foodies and farmers meet in Mazeppa for Field-to-Fork dinner

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A dining table seating fifty at the crest of a hilly meadow was the perfect setting to discuss food on a mid-August evening in Mazeppa.

The event was a “Field-To-Fork” dinner, hosted by CommonGround Minnesota and farmers Katie and Ted Brenny, who raise beef cattle. Both Katie and Ted are fifth generation farmers.

Field-to-Fork dinners are organized each year by CommonGround,

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4R Field Day showcases farmers’ success with conservation tillage

(Dave Legvold (left) speaks with New Prague farmer Greg Entinger, who is president of the Scott-LeSueur Corn & Soybean Growers, at the Field Day)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Last month, the 4R Technology Review Field Day gave farmers the opportunity to see first-hand the practices and success behind the 4R nutrient management strategy: Right source, Right rate, Right time and in the Right place.

The event,

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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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