Anderson elected to serve as 2019-2020 MCGA president

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors elected Les Anderson as its president for 2019-2020. His term began on Oct. 1.

Les Anderson

Anderson farms corn and soybeans in Cannon Falls. He was first elected to the MCGA board in 2012, and has previously served as vice president and treasurer. Anderson is also a member of the National Corn Growers Association Market Access Action Team, where he works with corn growers from around the country to build export markets.

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Minnesota United bring soccer skills to MN farm country

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association teamed up with the Minnesota United to host a sold-out youth soccer clinic in Minnesota farm country last month. Taking place at Farmington High School, the event brought together Greater Minnesota youth and United professional staff for an afternoon of building soccer skills.

In addition to the team’s trainers, United midfielder Lawrence Olum attended the clinic to chat with the kids in attendance about his career as a professional soccer player.

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Next steps following the Trump administration’s biofuel announcement

UPDATE (10/15): The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the supplemental proposal to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) today, detailing how the EPA will account for small refinery waivers in biofuel requirements.

The supplemental proposal states the EPA will account for future exemptions based only on recommendations by the Department of Energy (DOE), not the actual number of gallons waived under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA has ignored previous DOE recommendations on waivers in the last three compliance years.

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Mental Health Awareness

Workshops teach skills to help someone with thoughts of suicide

Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Health are sponsoring workshops across Greater Minnesota focused on preventing suicide in ag communities. Titled safeTALK, the free-to-attend, half-day seminars focus on how to recognize signs of someone considering suicide and help.

Each seminar will be led by Glen Boomstrom, who is a retired U.S. Army chaplain trained in handling post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. Boomstrom will be using his experience to teach each workshop training people to use their senses to identify thoughts of suicide and how to engage—all in an interactive format.

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Accuracy in grain moisture testing

Grain moisture testing at Minnesota grain elevators is performed with an instrument that measures changes in electrical conductance when a grain sample is placed within the instrument, between two conducting surfaces. The device then measures the change in electrical conductance because of the grain sample, and uses predictive algorithms to estimate the moisture level in the grain.

While this process is fast and quite accurate, farmers may have some questions about its reliability.

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