Tag: Leadership

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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Minnesota corn farmers stand up and speak out at RFS hearing

No distance is too far to travel to speak out in favor of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

Once again, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to cut the amount of conventional corn ethanol blended in our fuel supply below what Congress called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The proposed cuts are a major blow to drivers, corn farmers and anyone who enjoys breathing cleaner air.

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MCGA to Gov. Dayton: Please sign the recently-passed tax bill into law

A tax bill passed during the recently-concluded legislative session contains much-needed property tax relief for Minnesota farmers. Gov. Dayton has yet to sign the tax bill. Below is a letter sent to Gov. Dayton from Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Noah Hultgren. The letter was sent on behalf of MCGA’s 7,200 members.

Dear Governor Mark Dayton –

On behalf of Minnesota Corn’s over 7,200 members, we respectfully ask that you sign into law the omnibus tax bill passed at the end of session by the legislature.

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Legislative Update: What farmers need to know about the recently completed session

Written by Anna Boroff, Public Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Another Minnesota legislative session has come and gone. Like other recent sessions, this one featured a flurry of activity toward the end, resulting in some bills getting passed, and some left on the table unfinished.

Let’s take a quick look at some key items from this legislative session that Minnesota corn farmers should be aware of:

Property tax relief
The No.

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Miss America visited a Minnesota corn farm last week

With planting season winding down, Bruce and Carol Peterson welcomed a special guest to their family farm in Northfield, Minn., last week: Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell.

Yes, Miss America visited a Minnesota corn farm last week. And it was awesome.

Cantrell, who is from Georgia, was in Northfield to promote the First Peas to the Table Contest, which is new national school competition that encourages children in kindergarten through fifth grade to plant,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association scholarship recipients announced

The Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) High School is pleased to announce that Abigail (Abi) Carlson and Craig Munson are both recipients of $1,000 college scholarships, funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Abi Carlson will attend college majoring in agricultural education and minoring in theatre.  Carlson has served as the AFSA High School FFA chapter sentinel one year and chapter reporter for three years.  She has participated in the AgriScience Fair at the regional,

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MCGA regional representative to be inducted into FFA Hall of Fame

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) regional representative and longtime agriculture teacher and advocate Dale Busch will be inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame on April 25.

An agriculture teacher for 31 years in St. James and four years in Tracy, Busch impacted thousands of students and played an important role in developing multiple generations of farming leaders. Through his work with MCGA, Busch continues to be a strong voice for Minnesota agriculture.

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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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