Tag: Ag Education

Don’t miss out: MCGA membership brings big benefits


Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) membership benefits are really out of this world … or at least we think so. In addition to the member benefits offered by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), MCGA also offers benefits with Premier World Discovery, Monsanto BioAg, and SAV Transportation.

Premier World Discovery has given us great deals on travel destinations that are sure to create memories of a lifetime. Travel to San Diego and the Mexican Riviera,

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Taking the kura (clover) cure

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

It seems odd to say that after 10 years, they are still at the early stages of research into kura clover. Used as a perennial cover crop, it offers a promising addition to corn and soybean production systems, but there are still a lot of questions to ask.

Here at the largest of the University of Minnesota Extension Service Outreach and Research Center (4,000 acres-plus),

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Summer Camp: Farm Style

Written by: Nicole Krumrie

During their last few weeks of the summer, MCGA Interns Nicole Krumrie and Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke have been traveling across the state for Farm Camp Minnesota. During the four camps in Rice, Waseca and Dundas, Nicole and Haleigh have given 144 lessons to youth grades 3-6.

The lesson started off with Nicole leading the ‘corn detectives’ to identify parts of the corn plant and explain why they are unique and beneficial to the plant.

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A-Maize-ing Corn Day at the Minnesota State Fair

 Written by: Nicole Krumrie

1255526_199837903527933_496626651_nThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be hosting ‘A-Maize-ing Corn Day’ on Friday, August 26 on the Christensen Farm Stage. MCGA will be having kids activities from 10 am-4 pm on the stage, located next to the Miracle of Birth Center on the corner of Judsen Avenue and Clough Street at the Minnesota State Fair.

“The Minnesota State Fair is an opportunity for fair goers and families to learn about agriculture and we hope to extend that during ‘A-Maize-ing Corn Day’,” said MCGA Intern Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke.

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Food and farming questions answered at "Field to Fork" event

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

She came to the farm Tuesday night with a lot of appreciation for what farmers do, but also with some burning questions.

Barb Schank, the school nutrition director for Waconia Independent School District, feeds 4,000 kids every school day, and she wants to know what’s in the pork products her students eat.

Wanda Patsche, a corn and soybean farmer and a hog producer,

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Cashing in Kernels for Camp Courage

Written by Nicole Krumrie

For over 60 years, FFA chapters across the state have been collecting corn donations as a fundraiser for Camp Courage. Donations from the Minnesota FFA have made it possible to send children and adults with disabilities to camp as well as help maintain and build additional facilities at camp like the Speech and Hearing Therapy building, a greenhouse, and a dining hall.


In 1953,

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MCGA invites farmers to attend district meetings

MCGAThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be hosting six District Meetings around the state this fall. These meetings are free and open to all farmers.

The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for farmers to become better acquainted with recent activities of MCGA, as well as hear about what lies ahead for agriculture in Minnesota. There will also be a question and answer session with state MCGA staff and farmer leaders.

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MCGA wraps up another great year at Farmfest

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmfest, the largest outdoor farm show in Minnesota, wrapped up its three-day 2016 show last Thursday. Once again there was a strong presence by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

On Tuesday, MCGA sponsored “Ag Innovation Day,” which featured panel discussions, as well as a presentation by Minnesota 4-H student teams. These teams were some of the top finishers in 4-H’s Science of Agriculture challenge.

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Cultivating an effective message

Written by Nicole Krumrie, MCGA intern

When we, agriculturalists, want to get our message out to the public, one of the first things we do is boot up our computer to our social media channels. After our fingers fly on the keyboard writing out the message we want to say, with the simple click of a button our message is on the World Wide Web.

Might as well hit the “Staples Button” because that was easy. 

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What I learned from an organic farmer

Written by Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke, Minnesota Corn Growers Association intern

Organic farming gets a lot of attention, both good and bad. As someone who comes from a traditional farming background with genetically modified crops and pesticides, I am usually quick on the defensive when it comes to a discussion around organics.

My eyes were opened by Carolyn Olson and Emily Zweber at the CommonGround volunteer training on June 24, at the Minnesota Corn office in Shakopee.

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