MCGA president pushes for USMCA ratification in Washington

(MCGA President Les Anderson was joined by National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross in a meeting with Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson)

Update (12/19): The U.S. House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by 385-41 vote. The Senate is expected to vote on the agreement in early 2020.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Les Anderson traveled to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to meet with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation to stress the importance of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) ratification.

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Minnesota Corn highlights corn farmer-supported research with podcast

Each month, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be releasing a podcast that highlights research supported through corn farmers’ investment in the check-off. Each episode will feature researchers discussing projects that identify new uses for corn and improve on-farm practices. The podcast is produced in partnership with Brownfield Ag News and hosted by Mark Dorenkamp.

The inaugural episode features Will Northrop, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s department of mechanical engineering.

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Innovation Grant Program proposals are due Dec. 31

The deadline to apply to be part of the Innovation Grant Program and receive funds to put your conservation idea into action is Dec. 31. Farmers are eligible for up to $7,000 in funding to lead a project that increases sustainability on the farm.

In its fifth year, the Innovation Grant Program has widened its focus for farmer-led innovation. Last year, the program expanded to accept solutions to prevent both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water.

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Bus offers free ride to EXPO for northern MN farmers

Driving more than 350 miles from northwest Minnesota to Mankato in January can be tough, which is why farmers have the option to hop on the Northern Bus for a free ride to MN Ag EXPO.

The Northern Bus will once again stop at five locations in northern Minnesota to pick up MN Ag EXPO attendees on Jan. 21 and return on Jan. 23. Minnesota corn and soybean farmers have until Jan. 10 to pre-register for MN Ag EXPO (Register here today).

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The role conservation plays in a wetter climate

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

This year was the wettest on record by amount of precipitation, according to climatologist Mark Seeley. The result for growers has been record levels of muddy fields across the state.

For farmers who wonder if conservation tillage, cover crops and soil health techniques can keep them out of the muck, and give them an edge by saving time, labor and money, the answers will be on the table at the University of Minnesota Extension Conservation Tillage Conference in St.

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