Tag: Member News

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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‘Farmtastic Night’ brings the farm to the ballpark

The Kandiyohi County Corn and Soybean Growers Association decided late last year it would increase its efforts around engaging local youth to raise awareness of local agriculture. The pledge became reality last week when nearly 300 area kids attended “Farmtastic Night” with the Willmar Stingers.

Sponsored by the Kandiyohi County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, Farmtastic Night featured a fair of farm activities and information outside of Bill Taunton Stadium for attending families prior to the Stinger’s game Wednesday night.

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Minnesota Corn returns to the pitch with the Minnesota United

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) partnered with Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United for another year to share the conservation efforts of the state’s corn growers this summer.

The partnership in its second year is an opportunity for MCGA to connect with a young, enthusiastic fan base at Minnesota United matches. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to learn how our states’ corn farmers are caring for our natural resources via in-stadium signage,

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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 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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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Hicks family brings science home to the farm

(Photo:  The Hicks family, who received the Innovation Grant, in order—David Hicks, Adam Hicks, Brian Hicks, Michelle Hicks, Madelynne Hicks, Mariah Hicks, Mercedes Hicks and in front is Stephen Hicks.)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The 2017 Innovation Grant Program is well underway, with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) investing more than $250,000 in 23 farmer-led projects focused on conservation. Throughout the summer and fall we have been highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality.

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MCGA member receives national honor from Agriculture Future of America

Minnesota Corn Growers Association member Joel Mathiowetz was awarded the Agriculture Future of America “Young Leader in Agriculture” award. The Morgan, Minn., farmer received the award for his longtime contributions to agriculture and youth development.

Mathiowetz, who raises corn, soybean, peas and lambs, is a fifth generation farmer and a member of AFA for more than 20 years. When Mathiowetz first joined AFA it was an opportunity to speak with other farmer leaders during an economic downturn for farmers in 1998.

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