Category: Advocacy + Education

Monthly newsletter brings young adults in ag the news they need

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to unveil the Ag Insider, a monthly e-newsletter created for future leaders in the world of agriculture. Free to subscribe, the newsletter will deliver the news young adults need to know as they pursue a career in ag.

The MCGA Ag Insider brings premium content to your inbox detailing the latest research influencing practices on the farm, policy impacting the future of agriculture, scholarship opportunities and unique events for young members of Minnesota’s ag sector.

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Dale Busch inducted into MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) inducted top MCGA recruiter Dale Busch into the MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame this month. Busch is a Watonwan County Corn and Soybean Growers Association board member and a past regional representative for MCGA.

Having a passion for agriculture since growing up on a southern Minnesota farm, Busch was an ag teacher for more than 30 years in St. James and Tracy. Following his teaching career,

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MDA Trade Impact mission brings Colombia, Peru into focus

Colombian consumers have an appetite for corn-fed American beef.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Citizens of Colombia and Peru have been buying more American farm products every year for at least the past seven years. A recent Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Trade Impact Mission brought representatives of the corn, beef, pork, poultry and soybean industries to meet the wholesale and feed industry people in these important markets.

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CommonGround Minnesota shares farming facts with Twin Cities families

Beginning this spring, CommonGround Minnesota has partnered with two prominent Twin Cities media outlets to share information about food and farming with metro residents who may not have a connection to the farm.

CommonGround Minnesota teamed up with talk radio station MyTalk 107 to share the mission of the CommonGround program and information about Minnesota agriculture. During MyTalk’s “Weekly Dish”,  which airs Saturday’s from 9-11am, Co-Host Stephanie March will be sharing how CommonGround serves as a resource for listeners interested in learning more about how their food is produced and Minnesota agriculture overall.

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MCGA awards scholarship to Academy for Sciences & Agriculture students

Each year, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) offers a $1,000 scholarship to two students at the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) Charter School to help grow the next generation of agricultural leaders. Emelia Smith and Abigail Stumpner were recently announced as the 2019 recipients.

The current president of the school’s FFA chapter, Smith will attend the University of Minnesota where she will pursue a career as a veterinarian. Stumpner, who is also an FFA officer,

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MCGA returns to the ballpark with the St. Paul Saints

(MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr presented a check to the University of Minnesota Bee Lab as part of the “Aww-Shucks” promotion last season.)

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) returns to CHS Field for another summer partnering with the St. Paul Saints. Fans of all ages will again be treated to corn-filled fun, including a brand new promotion for the 2019 season.

New this year, attendees will want to break out the yoga mat in the stands for a “Moment of Zen,” offering fans at the ballpark a break from the nonstop action that typically occurs during a Saints game.

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Scholarships

MCGA Young Adult Scholarship recipients announced

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to announce the first recipients of the MCGA Young Adult Scholarship. Brooke Hoffbeck and Emilia Melson both received $5,000 scholarships to help in their journey to become a future agricultural leader.

Both Hoffbeck and Melson demonstrated their passion for agriculture by submitting essays that identified why each are pursuing a career in ag and the issues they see as most important for our state’s ag community.

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Deadline to apply for $5,000 MCGA scholarship is Friday

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is offering a $5,000 scholarship to two future agricultural leaders enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the fall 2019 semester. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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 last year for future agricultural leaders who would like to participate in grassroots advocacy today.

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MCGA launches first-ever statewide scholarship for future ag leaders

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to announce its first-ever statewide scholarship for college students aspiring to become future agricultural leaders. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on March 8.

MCGA will be offering two $5,000 scholarships to college students (click to apply) who are currently enrolled or will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the fall 2019 semester.

The statewide scholarship will supplement scholarships long offered through local county corn organizations.

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Another successful MN Ag EXPO comes to a close

MN Ag EXPO returned to Mankato last week, once again featuring great exhibitors, unique learning opportunities and a productive Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting.

In the MCGA booth, a seven-foot tall video board shared the many ways the state’s corn growers are building a more sustainable future for fellow farmers and all Minnesotans. MCGA staff and grower leaders had a great time hosting attendees in the booth to discuss research, policy,

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