USMCA passes Senate, China trade agreement signed

The nation’s corn farmers received positive trade news this week, as President Trump signed a phase one deal with China and the U.S. Senate passed the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The developments are a desperately needed bright spot for farmers after six years of low prices impacted by trade uncertainty.

First, USMCA was easily approved by the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 89-10 in a bipartisan victory for corn farmers protecting two vital export markets.

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Two weeks remain to apply for MCGA’s $5,000 scholarship

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is again providing two statewide $5,000 scholarships for college students aspiring to become future agricultural leaders. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

Select your home county and apply here.

MCGA scholarship applicants must be a Young Adult Member of MCGA who is working toward a degree in an agriculture-related field. The Young Adult Membership, available to ages 16–24, was launched for future agricultural leaders who would like to participate in grassroots advocacy today.

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2020 Nitrogen Smart kicks off Jan. 21

Nitrogen Smart returns for its fifth year of bringing the nitrogen fundamentals to farmers across the state, and the 2020 schedule has the free-to-attend seminar stopping at more locations than ever.

Like last year, each location will feature two courses: One covering the fundamentals of nitrogen management followed by an advanced course, which will focus on the 4Rs of nutrient management.

The fundamental course will follow a similar curriculum to past years,

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Discovery Farms data fuels conservation efforts

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

For Minnesotans, achieving the best possible water quality is non-negotiable. Farmers share that mindset, and are taking action to be part of the solution.

One way they have demonstrated it over the past decade is Discovery Farms, a program that monitors actual working farms and assesses exactly how much soil and nutrients leave the fields and enter streams and lakes. The data gathered from many different kinds of farms in different landscapes offers a strong indication that farmers can use conservation methods to reduce their impact on the environment.

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MCGA booth to focus on biofuels at MN Ag EXPO 2020

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will again be located in booth 58 at MN Ag EXPO, which is set to take over the Mankato Civic Center Jan. 22-23. This year, MCGA will be focused on sharing current and future efforts promoting biofuels across the state.

Attendees are encouraged to stop by and chat with MCGA grower leaders and staff about efforts aimed to further increase awareness, understanding and usage of biofuels in Minnesota.

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