While most farmers won’t be sad to see it go, 2019 was a year when farmers persevered despite the challenges on the farm. The most-read stories from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) blog last year highlight the resilient nature of the state’s corn farmers and their determination to build a brighter future on the farm:
- Prevented planting: Deadlines, resources for farmers impacted by wet spring: Not a particularly uplifting most-read story from the past year, but it does appropriately sum up what was a difficult growing season.
- MCGA launches first-ever statewide scholarship for future ag leaders: To support future agricultural leaders, MCGA launched its first-ever statewide scholarship, awarding a $5,000 scholarship to two Young Adult Members of MCGA. You can apply to the 2020 scholarship here.
- Nitrogen Smart builds on nitrogen management offerings in fourth year: The popularity of Nitrogen Smart, which is proudly supported by MCGA, continued as farmers focus on the fundamentals of nitrogen management.
- Study shows cover crops are effective in reducing nitrate loss in drainage tile: Farmers’ increasing interest in cover crops is supported by research proving their effectiveness.
- USDA announces second round of trade support for farmers: Ongoing trade uncertainty took its toll on farmers in 2019, leading to the rollout of the Market Facilitation Program.
- Northfield farmer uses Innovation Grant to test precision ag services: Sam Peterson was one of 12 Innovation Grant participants in 2019. Peterson’s project evaluated the effectiveness of variable rate technology.
- MCGA welcomes three to board of directors: MCGA members elected Dana Allen-Tully, David (D.J.) VanKlompenburg and Jim Kanten to its board during the 2019 annual meeting. All have provided tremendous leadership in their first year.
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