Category: Advocacy + Education

MN’s corn farmers expand spotlight with U of M Gopher fans

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) once again partnered with University of Minnesota Gopher athletics to share corn farmers’ commitment to conservation and impact on our state. During the 2019-2020 athletic season, the partnership extends throughout the calendar year, reaching fans of all sports.

New this year, Minnesota’s corn farmers are now front-and-center during the Gopher women’s basketball season. MCGA is featured on videoboards, gameday programs, live radio broadcasts of each game, on the Gopher Sports website and more.

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Year in Review recaps 2019 for MN corn farmers

The Minnesota Corn Year in Review for 2019 details the many efforts by the state’s corn farmers to build a more profitable and sustainable future on the farm despite significant challenges over the last year.

The annual publication recaps the news and highlights in 2019, while detailing how corn farmers’ investment in the corn checkoff is fueling advancements in research, ethanol and trade.

Read it today.

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County annual meeting season has arrived

As we enter the stretch run of winter, annual meeting season hits full swing for the state’s 52 county corn organizations. Each is an opportunity to bring together farmers on a local level to recap the prior year and organize grassroots efforts for the year ahead.

You can find each annual meeting on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association calendar located here. Have an annual meeting coming up that is not currently on the calendar?

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MN Ag EXPO 2020 points to a brighter future

Hundreds gathered in Mankato last week for MN Ag EXPO, an annual opportunity for Minnesota farmers to come together and learn the latest from our state’s ag sector.

For the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), it was the setting for the unveiling of the Better Fuel Initiative, a multi-faceted effort promoting state policy, research, awareness and infrastructure for biofuels. The initiative in the year ahead will highlight the advantages of cleaner-burning, higher-octane ethanol blends to meet environmental goals.

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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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The 7 most-read stories from 2019

While most farmers won’t be sad to see it go, 2019 was a year when farmers persevered despite the challenges on the farm. The most-read stories from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) blog last year highlight the resilient nature of the state’s corn farmers and their determination to build a brighter future on the farm:

  1. Prevented planting: Deadlines, resources for farmers impacted by wet spring: Not a particularly uplifting most-read story from the past year,
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$5,000 MCGA scholarship returns for future ag leaders

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is again providing two statewide scholarships for college students aspiring to become future agricultural leaders.

For the second year, MCGA will offer a $5,000 scholarship to two students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the fall 2020 semester. The deadline to apply for the statewide scholarship is Jan. 31, 2020.

Select your home county and apply here.

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Stay connected with Minnesota Corn

Staying connected with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) helps fuel grassroots efforts while providing the latest in policy, research, scholarship opportunities and more. And today it is easier than ever to stay in the loop:

Leader Update
Leader Update is the official weekly e-newsletter of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association providing the latest in policy from St. Paul and the nation’s capital, updates on corn checkoff-funded research, consumer outreach events and more: Subscribe here.

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Registration is open for MN Ag EXPO 2020

MN Ag EXPO returns to Mankato Jan. 22-23, and registration is officially open for one of Minnesota’s premier agricultural trade shows.

MN Ag EXPO is free to attend, but you will need to register prior to the event to ensure you have a meal ticket during the two-day trade show. This year will again feature an excellent list of exhibitors and an engaging lineup of speakers.

Announced so far,

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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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