Tag: Ag Education

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

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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Mariah Larson

Mariah Larson: What I’m looking forward to during my MCGA internship

My name’s Mariah Larson, and I am the 2017-2018 Minnesota Corn Growers Association student intern. I’m studying agricultural communication and marketing at the University of Minnesota, with a double minor in political science and international agriculture.

When I was applying for this internship back in 2016, what stood out to me was the leadership position that MCGA holds within Minnesota by supporting the agricultural community and our state’s commodities as a whole. Now that I am officially on board,

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High school competition helps kids see ag in a new light

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota Envirothon, a high school competition organized by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, challenges the upcoming generation of environmentalists with scenarios often seen in the world of agriculture.

This year’s competition, held earlier this month, asked 25 teams of five to consider a scenario where farmland and state-owned land are separated by a stream running between the two.

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Minnesota Corn Growers play ball throughout Twin Cities

Even with difficulties warming up in the cool, fall-like weather, Maizey had no issues delivering the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the matchup between the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies Thursday afternoon. The first pitch was part of a season-long partnership with the Minnesota ball club aimed at raising awareness of Minnesota corn growers’ commitment to conservation.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) have a longtime partnership with the Minnesota Twins to tell the stories of the state’s corn farmers.

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