Tag: Leadership

Renville County farmer Gerald Mulder honored with special House resolution

A special resolution in the Minnesota House of Representatives honored Renville County family farmer Gerald Mulder on April 14 for his outstanding contributions to Minnesota agriculture.

Mulder has been farming for 43 years and has served on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors for seven years. Mulder has also served on the Renville County 4-H board for 20 years and on the Renville County Farm Bureau board.

“I’m passionate about farming and working to give farmers a strong voice on important issues,” Mulder said.

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Minnesota Corn Growers announce Conservation Innovation Grant recipients

MNcorn_PMSWith a boost from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) new Conservation Innovation Grant program, five farmers will be implementing a new conservation practice to better manage nitrogen fertilizer and protect water quality on their farms this growing season. Another Minnesota farmer is receiving funding to host a field day and showcase existing conservation efforts to other area farmers.

A total of $39,000 was awarded to help farmers test or develop an innovative or best practice in the following areas:

  • Nitrate loss reduction
  • Improved nitrogen management practices for Minnesota soils
  • Maintaining or improving water quality,

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Making your voices heard: Recapping MCGA's Legislative Reception

Every spring, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) hosts its annual Legislative Reception in St. Paul.

MCGA farmer-leaders spend a lot of time at the State Capitol meeting with legislators, agency staff and other leaders. The Legislative Reception is an opportunity for corn farmers and legislators to come together in a more informal setting to visit about a variety of issues, and get to know a little bit more about each other in the process.

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Legislative Update: Buffers, property taxes and Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway

Property tax relief for farmers continues moving forward, there are new developments with buffer legislation and a Vikings linebacker expressed his support for ethanol. All of that, and more, in this week’s legislative update, so let’s get right to it:

Buffers
Let’s start this legislative update off the way we start most updates: With news about buffer legislation.

The House had two committee hearings on buffer legislation last week, one in the environment committee and one in the agriculture committee.

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Don't miss "Classes Without Quizzes" at the U of M on April 2

Curious about the latest research coming out of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)? Want to know more about how research at CFANS impacts your daily life, no matter where you live? Or maybe you’d like more information about Midwestern hops, or the role grocery stores play in Minnesota’s rural economy?

Then you won’t want to miss the 15th annual “Classes Without Quizzes,” a fun,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association selects 2016-17 student interns

Two University of Minnesota students will have an opportunity to further develop their agriculture leadership skills by serving as interns with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). This is the first time MCGA has offered an official internship program.

Over the next year, Nicole Krumrie and Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers while gaining practical and hands-on experiences in Minnesota agriculture through educational and outreach programs, communications, and member engagement.

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Minnesota Corn Growers highlight 2015 activities at the county level

From scholarships to flex-fuel promotions and billboards to field days – the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) county affiliates had a big year in 2015. MCGA’s state office in Shakopee works closely with 52 local county affiliates to promote corn farming, homegrown ethanol and other agriculture-related activities in communities throughout Minnesota.

For example, 23 counties provided more than $60,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Local MCGA affiliates were represented in 87 area parades,

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Commodity Classic draws largest crowd ever down to the Big Easy

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Better farm prices are right around the corner and farmers, the eternal optimists, want to be ready.

So this year, at Commodity Classic — the annual gathering of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers — for the first time ever included the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, who brought an expanded trade show exhibition.

“You could spend a whole day and not get through it — it was maybe one-third bigger than previous trade shows,

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MCGA student Agvocate selected to receive national agriculture scholarship

One of this year’s William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarship winners is Katie Peterson, a Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) student Agvocate majoring in political science at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Peterson, a sophomore who grew up on a family farm in Grove City, Minn., was honored last week at Commodity Classic in New Orleans.

The scholarship was created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future and is co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and BASF.

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Governor’s Water Summit: Can state’s water challenges be made into economic opportunities?

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Paul filled to overflowing on Saturday with an estimated 800 stakeholders all gathered to draw up the outlines of an action plan for restoring and protecting Minnesota’s waters.

A strong representation of farmers and agribusiness attended the meeting — 17 grower leaders from Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), joined by representatives of Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Farmers Union and other agricultural groups — all there to describe the work farmers have put into improving water quality,

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