Tag: University of Minnesota (UMN)

Harvest 2014 Part 2: MCGA Agvocate shares harvest stories and photos

Taylor Broderius attends the University of Minnesota and is a Minnesota Corn Growers Association Agvocate. Taylor grew up on a farm in Hector, Minn., helping his family raise corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and peas.

Every weekend during harvest season, Taylor returns home to help with harvest. In addition to all the work Taylor puts in on the farm, he will be providing MinnesotaCornerstone.com with stories and photos on how this year’s harvest is going.

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New publication highlights research funded by Minnesota corn farmers

Minnesota’s corn farmers are always working to improve the way they grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population while protecting water quality and soil fertility. They also strive to find new uses for corn and expand the use of homegrown and renewable ethanol fuels.

That’s why Minnesota’s corn farmers are committed to supporting science-based research projects and initiatives. A new publication from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Minnesota Corn Research &

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Unstuck: How I found my niche working in Agriculture

By Maria Wingert, MCGA Agvocate

After growing up on a family farm and being active in 4-H and the National FFA Organization, there was no doubt in my 18-year-old mind that I would pursue a degree, and someday, a career in agriculture.

However, while I loved showing cattle and doing chores, production agriculture just wasn’t for me.

After coming to the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities in the fall of 2012,

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Harvest 2014: MCGA Agvocate shares harvest stories and photos

Taylor Broderius attends the University of Minnesota and is a Minnesota Corn Growers Association Agvocate. Taylor grew up on a farm in Hector, Minn., helping his family raise corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and peas.

Every weekend during harvest season, Taylor returns home to the farm to help with harvest. In addition to all the work Taylor puts in on the farm, he will be providing MinnesotaCornerstone.com with stories and photos on how this year’s harvest is going.

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Nutrition conference highlights important topics for corn and livestock farmers

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota’s top animal nutritionists know to save the third Wednesday and Thursday of September for the chance to engage with colleagues in top level conversations about the latest news and research into what keeps livestock animals strong, healthy and growing.

“More than ever, livestock and crop agriculture depend on each other in order to succeed,” said Chuck DeGrote, a Clara City farmer and Expanded Uses team leader for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

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Minnesota Corn names Adam Birr Executive Director

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has named Adam Birr, Ph.D., Executive Director of both organizations.

As executive director of MCGA, Birr will lead an organization that is more than 7,100 members strong and represents the interests of Minnesota’s 25,000 corn farmers. His leadership of MCR&PC will involve oversight of the efficient and effective administration of Minnesota’s corn check-off.

Birr has served as MCGA’s Research Director since March of 2013 and will begin as Executive Director on Oct.

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Photos and stories from MCGA at Farmfest 2014

It was another successful year for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) at Farmfest 2014. The tent was packed with a steady flow of people looking to learn more about MCGA, win one of several great prizes, or get a scoop of free sweet corn ice cream.

Here are some photos and other tidbits from the three-day event:

Sweet Corn Ice CreamSweet corn ice cream made a triumphant return to the MCGA tent at Farmfest.

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What corn farmers should know about flooded fields

 

Heavy rains soaked much of Minnesota this weekend and left parts of many corn fields under water.

“It doesn’t sound like there are too many whole fields flooded, but there’s definitely flooded out low spots and saturated fields,” said Dave Nocolai, a University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator.

Southwest Minnesota up into the Willmar area appears to have been hit the hardest. However areas of Northwestern and East Central Minnesota which already had wet soil and planting conditions received additional precipitation.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association Selects 2014-15 Student Agvocates

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has selected three college students to serve as Agvocates in 2014-15.

Maria Wingert, Plainview, University of Minnesota; Kendra Davis, Glenville, South Dakota State University; and Taylor Broderius, Hector, University of Minnesota, will spend the next year developing their agriculture leadership skills while working on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers.

MCGA student Agvocates help corn farmers connect with the non-farming public on college campuses and at events throughout Minnesota.

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The opportunities are endless with a degree in agriculture.

By Kevin Welter, MCGA Agvocate

Friday, May 16 was the graduation ceremony for the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Fellow Agvocate Nick Peterson and I walked for graduation this spring.  

Nick graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Plant Science with soil science minor. He has already started working full-time for AgReliant Genetics. As for me,

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