Tag: Leadership

Commodity Classic 2018 recap in pictures

Commodity Classic 2018 wrapped up last week in Anaheim. Held Feb. 26-Mar. 1, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention brought together representatives from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. While news surfaced about changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, Commodity Classic 2018 went on with numerous productive meetings and educational opportunities for corn growers.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was again well represented at Commodity Classic.

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Setting the stage for profitability: Political engagement

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that.

The legislative session is underway, as policy makers convene in St.

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2017 Minnesota Session

MCGA sets its priorities for 2018 Minnesota legislative session

Legislators from across Minnesota reconvened in St. Paul Tuesday for the start of the 2018 legislative session. While it was once thought this year’s session would be quiet due to upcoming elections, important issues like tax conformity are now taking center stage for what will be another eventful few months.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders identified the following as its legislative priorities for the 2018 session:

Enacting State tax reform and federal conformity: The passage of federal tax reform in December 2017 presents an opportunity for Minnesota to update its state tax code,

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Harold Wolle

MCGA chairman seeks Corn Board position in 2018

Written by Harold Wolle

My name is Harold Wolle. I am a member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors, and I will be seeking a position on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board in 2018. I will be attending Commodity Classic next week, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you in person. But first, I would like to tell you a little about myself.

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MCGA welcomes Blair Hoseth to board of directors

Blair Hoseth, who farms in Mahnomen, is the newest member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association board of directors. The Norman County farmer was elected to represent district 6 in northwestern Minnesota during the MCGA annual meeting at MN Ag EXPO in Mankato.

Hoseth grows corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa, in addition to owning about 150 cows, on his farm. He also is a seed salesman, focusing on cover crop seeds, alfalfa, corn and soybeans.

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Minnesota ag community unites for long-term sustainability

In 2015, the state legislature established the Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) Program to hire researchers and improve infrastructure at University of Minnesota colleges and Extension sites. The goal of the investment is to achieve long-term sustainability in agriculture.

Now three years in, the first round of funding has led to the hiring of 14 faculty positions, five Extension educators and a number of needed infrastructure upgrades in areas like crop and livestock productivity,

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MN Senator Tina Smith appointed to Senate Ag Committee

(Senator Tina Smith discusses conservation practices with Harold Wolle on his Madelia farm)

Shortly after officially taking her seat on the United States Senate, Tina Smith was appointed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry earlier this week. The appointment means Senator Smith will play a key role in 2018 farm bill negotiations in addition to other legislation affecting the state’s 24,000-plus corn farmers.

Smith, who formerly was the lieutenant governor for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton,

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Minnesota Harvest

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council to fill four seats in 2018

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has four seats up for election in 2018. Consisting of 11 corn farmers elected from throughout the state, MCR&PC works with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to administer the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off

Districts voting for council members in 2018 include districts 1, 2 and 4; districts 3, 5 and 6, district 8 and district 9. To see which district your county is located in,

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A week of farm visits for gubernatorial candidates

The first week of corn farm visits by 2018 candidates for Minnesota governor is in the books, with four candidates making it out to family farms to discuss the importance of agriculture. Topics ranged from healthcare, to buffers, to the technology found in the combine. Each candidate walked away with a better understanding of modern farms and the issues that are important to the state’s 24,000 corn farmers.

Invitations to gubernatorial candidates were extended earlier this summer as part of the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign,

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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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