Tag: Leadership

Partnerships will help Minnesota corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the U.S.

Written by Zach Fore

Part of the appeal of corn farming is the independence it offers. You are your own boss, using a combination of science, skill, gut feeling and a little bit of luck to grow a crop every year and (hopefully) turn a profit.

But corn farmers can’t do it all on their own. Finding the right partners is key to helping corn farmers improve their own operations,

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No-Till at the Wolle Farm

Corn Growers recommend conservation practices to achieve ambitious sustainability goal

Written by Harold Wolle

On my farm in St. James, I am proud to have implemented several conservation practices that protect water quality, improve soil health and preserve wildlife habitat. I am also proud to serve as President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), and lead the organization’s new initiative to make Minnesota corn farmers the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the United States.

I must admit,

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Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler’s farm near Lake Wilson at a recent field day event.

MCGA’s newest board member is a soil health innovator

Bryan Biegler, a farmer in Lake Wilson, Minn., has been appointed to an at-large position on the board of directors of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Biegler has been farming for the past 25 years. He replaces Tim Wiersma on the MCGA board, who resigned due to other commitments, and will be up for election in January.

Four years ago, responding to problems with soil erosion on the land he was working,

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MCGA farmer-leader Tom Haag elected to National Corn Board

Big news out of Corn Congress in Washington D.C.: Eden Valley farmer and Past MCGA President Tom Haag has been elected to the National Corn Board.

Haag is the first Minnesotan to serve on the National Corn Board since Jerry Larson (Elbow Lake) retired in 2011.

Haag is a fourth-generation farmer and farms with his son, Nathan. He currently serves on NCGA’s Research and Business Development action team and previously chaired the Grower Services team.

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Corn Views: Farmers are taking leadership role on water quality issue

Written by Noah Hultgren
Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

A statewide editorial that appeared in ECM publications the week of June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population.

And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants, farmers are already playing an important leadership role.

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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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Minnesota farmer running for the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board

Tom Haag, a family farmer near Eden Valley, Minn., and Past President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), is running for a seat on the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Board.

Haag is a fourth-generation farmer and currently farms with his son, Nathan. He currently serves on NCGA’s Research and Business Development action team and previously served on the Grower Services team. In Minnesota, Haag chairs MCGA’s Government Relations committee. He served as MCGA President in 2012-13.

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Innovation on display at Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge

The next generation of agricultural innovators were on full display at last week’s Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.

A total of 14 teams participated in this year’s Challenge, which is a first-of-its-kind program created by the University of Minnesota Extension that encourages teams of youth to develop solutions to common problems facing today’s farmers. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is a proud supporter of the Challenge.

First place went to The Hot Shots from Dakota County for a project titled “Infiniheat.”

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How to "agvocate" for agriculture: A quick guide from a former Dairy Princess

Written by Nicole Krumrie

While I was serving as a dairy princess, my main objective was to talk to consumers about what I was doing on my farm. These experiences were very beneficial as I was able to meet people throughout the state of Minnesota and share my unique farming story with them. I was able to provide them with information on how I cared for the animals I was working with,

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Raising the next generation of ag innovators: The Minnesota 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

What fires up a kid’s curiosity?

What transforms a student into a lifelong learner?

Turns out it can be the same experiences that mold a young person into a “marketable, competitive job seeker, who can find a place in the agriculture sector — there are 60,000 jobs a year that need to be filled,” says Joshua Rice, the Science of Agriculture specialist with the Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development.

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