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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Low-interest financing available for on-site propane storage

Farmers interested in purchasing a liquefied petroleum tank to aid with grain drying during the winter months have access to low-interest financing through the Farm Service Agency.

The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program provides low-interest financing to farmers interested in upgrading storage facilities for their grain. Petroleum tanks are covered through the program for eligible commodities, which include grains.

Producers can receive a loan up to $50,000, secured by a promissory note/security agreement,

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A few reasons to not miss MN Ag EXPO 2020

MN Ag EXPO will be taking over the Mankato Civic Center Jan. 22-23, bringing hundreds of farmers from across the state together to learn the latest in Minnesota agriculture. Beyond the packed trade show floor, engaging keynote speakers and opportunities to chat with your fellow farmers, here are a few additional reasons to attend the trade show later this month:

  • The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Annual Meeting: A must-attend event for MCGA members,
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