Tag: Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Farmer demonstrates benefits of stewardship practices

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

John and Jewell Peterson, and their kids Nate, Nic and Natasha, all enthusiastically joined the Minnesota Discovery Farms program six years ago. The family produces corn and soybeans in North Branch and for decades they have worked hard to conserve soil and prevent nutrients from running into the St. Croix River watershed.

“The data shows we are doing a pretty good job with the no-till,” says John Peterson.

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Access to tractor safety equipment in Minnesota just got more affordable

A new program from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture  will reimburse farmers and schools up to 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping and installing tractor rollover protection kits.

The program can help cover costs up to $500 of installing a seat belt and roll bar. It also provides assistance in helping farmers identify and price the appropriate rollover kits for their tractors.

Why is this good news for Minnesota farmers?

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Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program enrolls 100,000th acre

Standing proudly in front of their new and improved dairy barn near Pierz, Minn., the Dean Marshik and Clare Palmquist farm, along with their son Daniel Maurer, became certified through Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) last week.

The Marshik Dairy farm put the MAWQCP over 100,000 acres enrolled throughout the state. By enrolling in the voluntary program, Minnesota farmers have helped keep over 7.7 million pounds of sediment out of Minnesota rivers while saving nearly 10.3 million pounds of soil and 4,795 pounds of phosphorus on farms annually.

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Water-conscious farm family showcases controlled tile drainage as a conservation method

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Jared Nordick, 38, rented his first 65 acres from a neighbor when he was 15 years old. Right from the get-go, he practiced land stewardship side by side with his father Gerald, who learned how to care for the land from his dad.

The father-son team planted trees for a shelter belt to reduce wind erosion and tended to buffers and grass waterways. Nordick was among the first farmers certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Water Quality Certification Program.

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USDA Under Secretary Alexis Taylor visits Minnesota crop farm

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

What would you do? What would you say? If you had the opportunity to host a top official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on your family farm?

For an hour on Wednesday, Plato, Minn., farmer Brian Thalmann, his dad Randall, and his son Adam, visited with Alexis Taylor, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA. Taylor is the official directly in charge of the farm program,

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Answering farmers' questions about Minnesota's Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan

HarvestHave you read the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s 143-page Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan yet?

You haven’t? Well, what are you waiting for?

Just kidding. We don’t blame you if you think the Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan is a little intimidating. It’s in-depth, it’s technical and it’s 143 pages. Who has the time to read a 143-page document these days?

However, the Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan is something all Minnesota corn farmers should familiarize themselves with.

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Everything you need to know about Minnesota's buffer laws

With planting season underway and a new bill recently signed into law by Gov. Dayton that clarifies several items in Minnesota’s new buffer law (which was passed during the 2015 legislative session), the Minnesota Corn Growers Association put together the following Frequently Asked Questions post the buffer law.

To the best of our abilities, we tried to simplify the many complexities of the bill so farmers had an easy-to-understand, yet comprehensive, reference point when asking questions about the buffer law.

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Agriculture and water quality in Minnesota: Is it all doom and gloom?

When it comes to water quality in Minnesota, agency report after agency report and media story after media story paint a bleaker and bleaker picture. If you read enough of these reports and stories – and we read them all here at the Minnesota Corn office – you feel like Minnesota’s water quality is beyond repair.

The finger is pointed at agriculture as a major cause of water degradation in almost all of these reports or media pieces.

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Future of ag rail service is "all about communications"

By Jonathan Eisenthal

A forum in Alexandria sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture allowed farmers to share their concerns with railroad companies about the problems created by lack of timely rail service, which reached crisis levels in the late winter and early spring this year, especially for farmers in central and northwestern Minnesota.

Tom Haag, a farmer in Eden Valley and past president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA),

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Corn farmers invited to attend ag freight forum on July 10

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is co-sponsoring a forum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 in Alexandria on the future of agriculture freight in Minnesota. Farmers have faced challenges securing space on rail to move grain and receive inputs such as fertilizer or propane.

The forum, “Envisioning the Future of Agriculture Freight in Minnesota,” is being planned and coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Experts from railroad companies,

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