Tag: CommonGround

Kristie Swenson

CommonGround volunteers talk advanced plant breeding techniques

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With great precision, advanced plant breeding techniques with acronyms like CRISPR, CRISPR-Cas, and TALEN, will more reliably produce the food consumers are looking for and, at the same time, help farmers conserve natural resources, reduce impacts on the environment, and plant crops with a greater assurance that what they plant will grow to maturity and be gathered at harvest time.

A small group of CommonGround volunteers from across the U.S.

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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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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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Citizens of Albert Lea: Kernel Nation is coming on June 30

Who: Minnesota’s corn farmers

What: Kernel Nation

Where: Edgewater Park in Albert Lea; several fueling stations in Albert Lea

When: 3-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Why: Because we all enjoy a farm-themed good time as part of Kernel Nation.

Minnesota’s corn farmers are bringing a piece of the farm to Edgewater Park in Albert Lea as part of its inaugural Kernel Nation event on June 30.

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Talking farming without the ‘farmspeak’

by Jonathan Eisenthal

You know what an ‘elevator’ is—it’s a grain storage facility.

An ‘operation’? It’s a farming entity comprising all the pieces of land, buildings and equipment you and your family and partners use to raise crops and livestock.

But for people who don’t farm or have an ag background, a large percentage of the population, those words can have an entirely different meaning.

An elevator carries people up and down to different floors of a building.

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CommonGround Mom2Mom Feature: Megan Sukalski

Written by Jen Haugen

Are there antibiotics in milk we purchase for our families? That’s a question Megan Sukalski will answer. (Plus she shares a super easy Crock Pot Chicken Taco recipe too!)  Megan is a crop farmer’s wife, a dairy farmer’s daughter, and a stay-at-home mom to two young boys, Higgins and Gavin.  A former Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist (a contest for dairy-passionate young women to represent and advance the knowledge about dairy in Minnesota),

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CommonGround Mom2Mom Feature: Kristie Swenson

Written by Jen Haugen

If you could push a button and talk to a real farmer, what would you say?  Would you ask a question that’s been on your mind as you shop in the grocery store?  As moms, we read things, we see things, we hear things and sometimes that can create some fear.  Fear about whether we are feeding our kids the foods that will keep them safe.  Fear that feeding them the wrong foods will make them sick. 

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Finding Common Ground

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

For two days in late June a group of women gathered at a Twin Cities workshop to listen and learn. The common thread that brought them together? A passion for agriculture. Who are they? CommonGround volunteers.

CommonGround is a group of farm women who volunteer their time to share information about their farms and the food they grow. More than 165 women from a wide variety of farms are involved in the program nationwide.

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Fellow farmers: Tell your story and meet growing consumer demand for information

Written by Kristie Swenson

Recently, I had one of the most intimidating experiences of my entire life: I did multiple live media interviews about agriculture.

Along with three other CommonGround volunteer farm women, I traveled to New York City to give TV and radio interviews about agriculture. During one of the interviews, we rattled off the eight GMO crops, and the interviewer was clearly surprised. “Wow,” he said. 

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