Ride the FREE bus to MN Ag EXPO 2017

Are you interested in attending MN Ag EXPO January 25-26 in Mankato, but think it might be a little too far away for winter driving?

Then leave the transportation to us.

The Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers are providing free bus transportation to MN Ag EXPO 2017 from locations throughout the state.

Departing for Mankato on Tuesday, January 24:

9:00 a.m.: Bus depart from Red Lake Falls,

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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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Karl Duncanson, Tim Gerlach and Al Juhnke receive MCGA awards at MN Ag EXPO 2016

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recognized three individuals for their outstanding contributions to agriculture and corn farming recently at MN Ag EXPO 2016 in Mankato.

Karl Duncanson and Tim Gerlach were named co-recipients of the Golden Kernel Award, which is awarded to individuals who were at one time directly involved with Minnesota Corn. Duncanson was a third-generation farmer in Mapleton who served on the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).

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Closing the book on another successful MN Ag EXPO

Another MN Ag EXPO has come and gone. We’ll have several more posts covering everything that went down last week at MN Ag EXPO 2016 in Mankato, but for now, here are some photos of the attendees, exhibitors and speakers that make EXPO the must-attend agriculture event in Minnesota every winter.

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Fabian Fernandez from the University of Minnesota, left, was one of several agriculture researchers available to visit with EXPO attendees.

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New MN Ag EXPO panels to cover agriculture policy and advocacy

MN Ag EXPO 2016 features two new panel discussions led by a pair of the most recognizable names in Midwest farm broadcasting. On Thursday, Jan. 28 (that’s just a couple days away!), Lynn Ketelsen from the Linder Farm Network and Don Wick from Red River Farm Network will lead panel discussions titled “The Future of Ag Policy in Minnesota” and “Advocating for Agriculture.”

“The Future of Ag Policy in Minnesota” is set to feature former Minnesota speaker of the house Kurt Zellers and prominent Minnesota political analyst Blois Olson.

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Golf carts, seed corn and canned bacon: Bid on these great items at MCGA's EXPO auction

MN Ag EXPO 2016 is set for Wednesday and Thursday of next week at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) silent fundraising auction kicks off at noon on Wednesday, and the live auction runs from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday.

All proceeds benefit MCGA and are used to advance organizational goals and objectives.

(Note: Funds raised during both auctions are not used for MCGA’s political action committee,

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You’re not going to want to miss MN Ag EXPO 2016

MN Ag EXPO 2016Every year, MN Ag EXPO strives to be the biggest and best winter agriculture trade show and conference in the state. This year is no exception.

MN Ag EXPO 2016, planned and coordinated by the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Soybean Growers, is set for Jan. 27-28 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The event is free to attend and features a trade show with nearly 100 exhibitors,

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Pre-Register for MN Ag EXPO by Friday, Jan. 15

MN Ag EXPO 2016Time again for Minnesota’s largest gathering of corn and soybean producers, MN Ag Expo 2016. Hundreds of farmers will gather at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, Jan. 28.

Registration will be available on-site, but you can avoid lines at the door by pre-registering.

Pre-register quickly and easily online at www.mnagexpo.com. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, January 15. MN Ag EXPO 2016 is free to attend.

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Farmers: Save these important dates on your winter calendar

Corn harvest is in full swing here in Minnesota. If you’re a farmer in your combine at this very moment, or if you’re taking a minute before calling it a day to catch up on emails and other online activities, mark the dates for these post-harvest events and conferences on your calendar:

  • Dec. 15-16, 2015 — Conservation Tillage Conference (Willmar). University of Minnesota and North Dakota State Extension Services are teaming to host this conference.

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MCGA Agvocate to farmers: Share your story, listen to consumers

On Jan. 28, the Minnesota Corn student Agvocates met in Mankato for MN Ag EXPO 2015. Some of our duties at EXPO as Agvocates included attending a session about climate change and the cause and effect of different weather patterns across the world. We also had the chance to help serve meals and assist with some of the other events that went on throughout the day.

One of the best parts of my day was being able to converse with Minnesota Corn members from across the state at our western-themed booth at the trade show.

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