Tag: Trade

Harold Wolle provides a tour to a U.S. Grain Council trade team

Minnesota’s corn growers build relationships abroad with statewide benefits

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders have worked closely with outside organizations like the U.S. Grains Council to build export markets for American agriculture. By hosting delegations from across the world and traveling abroad to see export market opportunities up close, Minnesota’s corn growers are building relationships that will lead to a more sustainable future for our state’s ag sector.

Minnesota’s agricultural production exceeds $16 billion annually, making it the fifth largest in the country.

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Candidates to represent Minnesota’s 1st district visit corn farms

(Sen. Carla Nelson (left) visited the family farm of Brennen Toquam last week as part of MCGA candidate outreach)

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is hosting 2018 candidates for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district on family farms in southern Minnesota. Last week, candidates from both parties visited with MCGA grower leaders in an effort to build a greater understanding of modern farm practices and discuss the federal issues impacting Minnesota’s corn growers.

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MCR&PC member sees growth of Moroccan farming firsthand

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) member Chad Willis recently joined the U.S. Grains Council in Morocco to see the country’s emerging ag sector up close and its opportunities for American agricultural exports.

The group of U.S. corn, sorghum, barley and livestock farmers visited the facilities and farms that support Moroccan agriculture, which employs nearly 40 percent of the country’s labor force. While historically farming was limited to people only producing enough to feed their families,

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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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NAFTA negotiations ongoing, but optimism exists

The sixth round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently concluded without major headway providing confidence an agreement is near. However, the productive conversation and signs the concerns of the ag community are being heard have been encouraging, according to Melissa Kessler, director of strategic relations for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).

Kessler said early concerns were that the United States could pull out of NAFTA while renegotiations were underway,

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Farmers unite on Twitter to support NAFTA

Farmers nationwide united on Twitter yesterday to make their voices heard on the importance of NAFTA to agriculture. The grassroots advocacy campaign included farmers of all backgrounds, legislators and multiple ag and business organizations proclaiming the economic impact of the free-trade agreement using the #Farmers4NAFTA hashtag.

Farmers were encouraged to tweet positive messages about NAFTA and the benefits it has brought to American farms. Participants cited statistics that show the growth of exports to Canada and Mexico under NAFTA,

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Ecuador producers visit MN to tour local ethanol plant

A group of farmers from small to mid-sized poultry, swine and dairy farms in Ecuador visited Minnesota earlier this week for a close look at the production of American DDGS, as they explore the ethanol coproduct as an alternative feed.

While it produces its own corn, Ecuador has tight restrictions on corn imports. However the price of corn in the country is high, which led livestock producers to learn more about the production and safety of DDGS as a possible alternative to import.

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MN ag leaders promote the importance of free trade

AgriGrowth held its annual meeting last week in the Twin Cities, bringing together representatives from agriculture and the food systems industry. With the renegotiation of NAFTA front-of-mind for many in the ag sector, the meeting kicked off with a panel session on trade and what is at stake for U.S. agriculture.

The panel featured Devry Boughner Vorwerk, vice president of global corporate affairs at Cargill, Jeff Nawn, global grain trade and biotech affairs lead for DuPont Pioneer,

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U.S. corn operations welcome North African buyers for nationwide tour

Corn and feed grain buyers representing the North African countries of Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia visited Minnesota last week as part of a tour of American grain operations. While in Minnesota, the group visited Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board member Les Anderson’s farm in Cannon Falls.

At Anderson’s farm, the group took a tour of his corn fields, equipment and grain storage while discussing the quality assurance measures used on Minnesota farms.

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Ethanol exports, mid-level blends provide optimism for U.S. corn prices

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its outlook for 2017 U.S. corn, with September production and yield estimates up slightly from August. Just after the report was released, corn futures declined.

While demand for corn has struggled to keep up with record-breaking yields, international market share for U.S.-grown corn has decreased with additional countries entering the market. These factors and more have led to struggling corn prices and tight margins for Minnesota farm operations.

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