Category: MN Corn Grows MN

Minnesota Corn returns to Farmfest, where trade took center stage

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association returned to Gilfillan Estate last week for Farmfest 2019. The annual event was another great opportunity for MCGA staff, directors and corn grower members to meet with Minnesota farmers, elected officials and more.

Thousands of farmers came to the Minnesota Corn tent to learn the many ways “MN Corn Grows MN” and try some sweet corn ice cream. In addition to catching up on the latest in research,

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Your Official Guide to the Minnesota Corn Farmfest Experience

Heading to Farmfest? The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), located in Tent 702, will once again be the place to be throughout the three-day trade show. Knowing there is a lot to see on the Farmfest grounds, here are a few items you won’t want to miss from the state’s corn farmers:

A great perk for signing up or renewing your MCGA membership

Stop by the tent and fill out and turn in a membership application for a premium head lamp with endless uses on and off the farm.

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Minnesota Corn advocates for top priorities in Washington

(Chief Agricultural Negotiator Greg Doud met with Minnesota Corn directors)

Minnesota Corn farmer leaders spent last week in Washington D.C. meeting with fellow directors from other state organizations and spending time on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegations, agriculture committee leaders and key federal agencies to advocate for policy priorities important to all Minnesota corn famers.

While in Washington, farmer leaders participated in Corn Congress sessions with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

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MCGA invests in developing corn-based plastics

Minnesota’s corn farmers support the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) in their mission to develop the next generation of bioplastics. As part of this support, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced it would be investing more than $460,000 in CSP research focused on the development of plastics made from renewable sources.

MCGA-supported CSP research aims to replace petroleum as a feedstock for plastics with renewable sources like corn. In doing so,

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Corn’s pivotal role in supporting rural Minnesota

The “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign was launched to share information with all Minnesotans about the impact of corn farming on the overall growth of the state. In Greater Minnesota, that impact can be seen in the vital role corn farming plays in supporting rural communities.

Exports of Minnesota-grown corn produced more than $400 million in gross regional product for the state in 2018, with corn crop value totaling more than $4.6 billion.

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MN corn growers focus on efforts that strengthen ag sector

Minnesota’s farms and agribusinesses play a vital role in rural communities and the overall economic well-being of our state. To strengthen the ag sector, Minnesota corn farmers are building new markets for homegrown commodities, promoting the importance of agriculture to consumers, and advocating at the Capitol.

As evidenced by the impact of current trade disputes, export markets are crucial to the overall health of Minnesota’s ag sector. With that, the state’s corn growers are investing in growing export markets for Minnesota-grown agricultural products.

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Minnesota corn growers foster innovation

Minnesota’s corn farmers are on the forefront of agricultural evolution. Through their investment in the corn check-off, the state’s corn growers devote more than $4 million annually in research that shapes the future of agriculture and the way we use agricultural products.

Current on-farm research is taking a closer look at efficiency around the use of vital nutrients. Corn farmer-funded research at the University of Minnesota seeks a deeper understanding of the behavior of potassium in the soil,

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A proactive approach to water quality

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association and its grower leaders are working towards a goal to become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the nation. A major part of that goal is to continuously improve the measures implemented by farmers to protect our state’s water supply.

Minnesota’s corn growers are investing in research and education to better manage their use of nitrogen fertilizer. Since 2014, the state’s corn farmers have invested more than $6 million of their own funds through the corn check-off in education and research that improves nitrogen management strategies to reduce nitrate loss in water.

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Building relationships abroad with statewide benefits

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders have worked closely with outside organizations like the U.S. Grains Council to build export markets for American agriculture. By hosting delegations from across the world and traveling abroad to see export market opportunities up close, Minnesota’s corn growers are building relationships that will lead to a more sustainable future for our state’s ag sector.

Minnesota’s agricultural production exceeds $16 billion annually, making it the fifth largest in the country.

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