Tag: University of Minnesota (UMN)

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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Making diesel engines more efficient with hydrous ethanol

Inside a square room at the University of Minnesota’s new T.E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory in Minneapolis, Will Northrop is working to refine a cleaner and more efficient diesel engine.

With funding support from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and AURI, Northrop and his team at the U of M’s Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing technology to use hydrous ethanol as the primary fuel in diesel engines.

When used in diesel engines,

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University of Minnesota Extension: Working with corn farmers for more than 100 years

One-hundred years ago today, Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act, which allocated funding for outreach activities to expand vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America at Land Grant Universities throughout the United States. Today we know this federal, state and county initiative as Extension.

Minnesota was actually ahead of the rest of the country when it started Extension services in 1909, before the Smith-Lever Act was passed. Today,

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Cover Crop Symposium reaches out to crop advisory professionals

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Many cover crop events focus, naturally, on the farmer. The April 4 Cover Crop Symposium held in St. Cloud shifted the focus to crop advisory personnel, because, in order to make cover crops a workable solution, crop advisers have to have an interactive relationship with the academic research community to assure that cover cropping systems beneficial to farmers become widely available.

Keynote speaker Prof.

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Students: Here's why you should apply to become a MCGA "Agvocate"

Applications are being accepted through April 18 to become an “Agvocate” for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Agvocates receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used for qualified education expenses, and will develop leadership skills while receiving first-hand experience working on issues important to corn farmers and advocating for agriculture.

For more details, including application materials, click here.

If you’re enrolled in a two- or four-year post secondary education or training program,

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The pros and cons of pre-plant, sidedress or split-applying nitrogen

Dr. Fabian Fernandez. a nutrient management and water quality specialist at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate spoke to more than 450 farmers and ag professionals at the 5th annual Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management conference on Tuesday in Mankato.

During his presentation, Fernandez offered insight into the pros and cons of pre-plant, sidedress and split applications of nitrogen (N).

Pre-plant
As long as Mother Nature cooperates,

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