Category: Advocacy + Education

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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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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Ag & Food Day returns this Saturday before Gophers take on Cornhuskers

The 7th Annual Ag and Food Day will put agriculture in the spotlight prior to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday. The tailgate tradition brings together Minnesota’s ag and food sector outside of TCF Bank Stadium for a celebration of their impact on the state.

On a day honoring all things agriculture, Saturday’s matchup appropriately features schools from two of the top four corn-producing states in the nation.

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Landscape Arboretum reveals the Farm At The Arb

(The Arb at the Farm was unveiled during a festival event in September.)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With a classic big red barn overlooking the scene, visitors to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s new “Farm at the Arb” exhibit can now begin to better understand how plants, specifically crops like corn, are grown by farmers today.

“As farmers, one of our goals is to help people better understand their food and food production,

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MCGA returns to Big Iron Farm Show

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association will be making its return to the Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, held Sept. 10-12. Located in C-50, MCGA staff, directors and county leaders will be on-hand throughout the event chatting with attendees about the latest from the world of corn.

Attendees are encouraged to stop at the booth and learn about the many ways Minnesota’s corn farmers are driving growth in the state, including record-setting sales of ethanol-blended fuels,

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