Tag: Leadership

National Corn Growers Association announces new CEO

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board has named Jon Doggett as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Effective immediately, Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization’s 61-year history.

Doggett has served in the capacity of NCGA interim CEO since Aug. 1 and as NCGA executive vice president since late 2014. Prior to that, he served as vice president of public policy, and has continuously managed the organization’s Washington, D.C., office,

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Brian Thalmann

MCGA elects president, officers for 2018-2019

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors elected Brian Thalmann as its president for 2018-2019. Thalmann is a fifth-generation farmer from Plato who grows corn and soybeans. He was elected to the MCGA board in 2012.

Les Anderson, who farms in Cannon Falls, was elected vice president. Courtland farmer Tim Waibel was elected treasurer, and Bryan Biegler, who farms in Lake Wilson, was elected secretary.

All will begin their one-year terms on Oct.

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Soil Health Partnership hires new executive director

The Soil Health Partnership has hired Shefali Mehta, an agricultural and environmental economist, as its new executive director. Mehta takes over the long-term data intiative that measures and quantifies the impact of farm management practices known to promote healthy soils at a paramount time in the organization’s growth.

“I was drawn to the data component of this effort because I strongly believe using data fully and thoughtfully allows us to make better decisions,” Mehta said.

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Corn Congress brings growers to nation’s capital to advocate for top priorities

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association Senior Public Policy Director

Last week the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was in Washington D.C. with our fellow state corn organizations to participate in Corn Congress. Corn grower delegates and alternates from across the U.S. come together twice a year to debate and adopt new policy positions that make up the National Corn Growers Association policy book, which gives direction on federal policy positions.

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Meet Kenzie Barth, MCGA’s 2018-2019 intern

By Kenzie Barth, Minnesota Corn Growers Association 2018-2019 student intern

Hello! My name is Kenzie Barth, and I’m the 2018-2019 Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) student intern. I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, double majoring in plant science and agricultural communication & marketing. I’m from Upsala in Morrison County. On campus, I’m serving as the 2018-2019 CFANS Student Senator, and I’m involved with the Beta of Clovia sorority and the Gopher Crops and Soils Club.

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1 newly elected, 3 re-elected to MCR&PC

Duane Epland was newly elected to the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC), while Doug Albin, Myron (Mickey) Peterson and Scott Winslow were re-elected.

All positions are three-year terms. Epland, who farms in Emmons, will represent District 8. Albin, who farms in Clarkfield and represents District 1, 2 and 4, Peterson (Sacred Heart – District 3, 5 and 6) and Winslow (Fountain – District 9) will retain their position on the MCR&PC.

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Buffers in eastern MN

Ag organizations unite to call for buffer tax credit

TAKE ACTION NOW! Contact your legislators and Governor Dayton now and ask that they immediately pass HF 4395/SF 3960 – providing a much-needed $50-per-acre property tax credit for farm acres that are required to be removed from production and converted into buffers. Quickly and easily send an email to your legislators and Gov. Dayton today.

  • I’m a farmer. Click here to submit a letter.
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Bioincentive Program encourages expanding the uses of corn

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

By investing in expanding the uses of corn, Minnesota’s corn growers have made products more environmentally friendly by replacing fossil fuels with corn. The incentive program that will help launch these advanced renewables industries in Minnesota is the Bioincentive Program, put in place by the state Legislature in 2015.

Modeled on the very successful (now retired) Ethanol Producers’ Credit, the Bioincentive Program rewards commercial-scale production of advanced biofuels,

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Minnesota’s 1st district candidates visit corn farms

(Sen. Carla Nelson (left) visited the family farm of Brennen Toquam last week as part of MCGA candidate outreach)

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is hosting 2018 candidates for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district on family farms in southern Minnesota. Last week, candidates from both parties visited with MCGA grower leaders in an effort to build a greater understanding of modern farm practices and discuss the federal issues impacting Minnesota’s corn growers.

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Legislative Update: Buffer law, Farm Bill and tax reform have a busy week

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association senior public policy director

The Minnesota Legislature returned from the Easter/Passover break this week and action picked right back up with only six weeks left in the regular session and a lot of work left to accomplish. It was a very busy week for agriculture—not only in St. Paul, but also Washington D.C. There is a lot to cover, so I will get right to it.

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