Tag: Food

National Geographic shares the stories of nation’s corn farmers

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) partnered with National Geographic this fall to share the stories of America’s corn farmers with a robust national audience. Four farmers, including Minnesota’s Bryan Biegler, were visited by the magazine over the summer, and their stories will be told on NationalGeographic.com and its social channels through November.

The campaign features four articles, each of which profile one farmer detailing the impact of innovation and technology on corn farming.

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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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South Korea corn purchasers tour all things Minnesota corn

Minnesota has been a popular summer destination for countries interested in developing new trade partners for grain. Last week, six corn purchase committee leaders from South Korea made their way through southern Minnesota corn operations, including farms, a grain inspection facility and a co-op.

By visiting the different stops along the journey for field corn, the South Korean representatives were able to see the process that leads to a high quality product. The group started on Lyle Rollag’s farm in Beaver Creek,

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Japanese ag official sees Minnesota grower leaders in action

Representing the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kimihiko Eura visited Minnesota last week with a full agenda, experiencing nearly every corner of Minnesota agriculture. USDA offices, co-ops, ethanol plants, and of course many farms were all included during his week-long stay.

Organized by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Eura’s trip to Minnesota was planned with the objective to gauge crop conditions, supply and demand of Minnesota corn and its storage capabilities.

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American corn and ethanol find receptive market in Taiwan

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The US grain harvest in 2012, which was smaller than expected, forced loyal customers like Taiwan to look elsewhere for the poultry and hog feed previously provided by U.S. farmers, causing U.S. share of Taiwan’s grain market to drop 40 percent.

Not taking the change passively, the U.S. Grains Council developed the Grain Quality Condition report, which informs markets like Taiwan on the quality of U.S.

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Researchers seek triple win with refinement of DDGS

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With a few small changes to improve the nutritional profile of distillers grains, also known as DDGS, research scientists at the University of Minnesota hope to deliver a triple win.

A mid-protein, high-phosphorus animal feed, distillers grains are an ethanol co-product made from corn after fermentation. The enriched distillers grain these researchers hope to produce would deliver more nutrition, offer another co-product to increase profits for ethanol makers,

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Commodity Classic 2017

Commodity Classic 2017 draws thousands

Commodity Classic 2017 is well underway this week in San Antonio. The annual event, held March 2-4 this year, is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention bringing together the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for meetings and more.

The show attendance for 2017 is estimated to be at more than 9,000 individuals, with at least 4,000 of those attendees being farmers.

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Maizey and TC Road Crew

TC Road Crew brings farming and fun to schools

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A crowd of 100 school kids roared with excitement when Maizey, the lovable and always happy Minnesota corn mascot, joined in the fun and dancing with the Twin Cities Road Crew.

The group rocked the house at L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school, with the latest radio hits. But there was an audible gasp of surprise, when the TC Road Crew started to tell the story of corn: “Did you know that Maizey is more than 5,000 years old…?”

With support from MCGA,

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Keynote panel at MN Ag EXPO 2017

Agribusiness leaders consider trend towards mergers and impact on farmers

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Mergers among agribusinesses, like the consolidation of acres into larger farms, is a trend with pros and cons according to some leading figures in agribusiness. And it’s a trend that will remain a powerful economic force in the agricultural world.

“We are a trend following a trend,” says Steve Koep, the lead principal at a new Minneapolis-based business consulting firm, Clutch Performance, a go-to-market consulting and training group.

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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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