Category: Partnerships

Minnesota 4-H introduces youth to the wonders of agronomy

Minnesota 4-H launched its agronomy program in 2018 to connect Minnesota youth to the many crops grown throughout the state and the career opportunities available in crop production. At first only available in five counties, the program will be available statewide in 2020.

The agronomy program consists of different facets that offers kids, primarily those in fourth through sixth grade, different hands-on opportunities with Minnesota crops. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is a supporter of the program as part of its mission to connect youth to agriculture.

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New Minnesota AgriGrowth director sets focus on trade

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

From railroads to power companies, makers of pet food and makers of ice cream, corn farmers to craft brewers—the reach of the agriculture and food sector in Minnesota is extraordinary. And the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is the group that brings them all together.

Minnesota AgriGrowth sees itself as the organization that promotes conversation, visions of common ground, and speaking with one voice to strengthen Minnesota agriculture,

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Minnesota Corn Fairstalk is the latest attraction at the State Fair

(MCGA President Brian Thalmann introduced the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk on opening day of the State Fair.)

Debuting this year at the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk celebrates Minnesota agriculture and the vital role it plays in the growth of our state. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) proudly partnered with the State Fair to bring the Fairstalk to attendees as part of a larger renovation of the fairgrounds’ North End.

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Minnesota Corn directors meet up with U of M researchers for evening of conversation

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) directors and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) members met with University of Minnesota researchers and officials as part of a meet-and-greet at the Bell Museum last week. The annual get-together is a great opportunity for Minnesota’s farmers to meet with researchers and discuss research needs and ideas that will shape the future of agriculture.

Since 1985, Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested $17.5 million in the University of Minnesota,

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Minnesota Corn returns to the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair returns Thursday, and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is excited to once again have a multi-faceted presence at the fair. Attendees of the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” will be treated to a new corn-themed attraction, as well as fan favorites.

Debut of the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk

Debuting this year at the State Fair, the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk is a 24-foot-tall art installation celebrating Minnesota agriculture. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Research &

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MCR&PC member Chad Willis elected to U.S. Grains Council Secretary-Treasurer

(Chad Willis was recognized by U.S. Grains Council for five years of service in June)

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) member Chad Willis was newly elected to Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) on Wednesday. Willis was first elected to the USGC board of directors in 2017.

Willis farms corn and soybeans near Willmar with his wife, Krista. They have two children, Cooper and Amber, who work in agribusiness.

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Field Work podcast to host a meet-and-greet in Minnesota Corn tent during Farmfest

Mitchell Hora (left) and Zach Johnson are the hosts of Field Work

Another reason the Minnesota Corn tent will be the place to be at Farmfest: The hosts of the Field Work podcast will be taking over Tent 702 on Tuesday for a meet-and-greet before they record an episode of the show at Farmfest later in the day.

From noon till 1pm on Tuesday, Hosts Zach Johnson,

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Corn celebrated as key ingredient in national whiskey competition

The annual Heartland Whiskey Competition is an opportunity to highlight the important role corn farmers play in creating premium whiskey distilled nationwide. The 2019 Heartland Whiskey Competition, held in Chicago, featured only craft distilleries that incorporate corn in their mix of grains used to make whiskey.

Four Minnesota distilleries qualified and took part in the competition, with Far North Spirits, located in Hallock, taking the top prize for Best of State. The award was limited to 13 corn-producing states,

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WCCO Radio to join Minnesota Corn at Farmfest

(WCCO Host Dave Lee will return to the MCGA tent to speak with Minnesota Corn and other stakeholders from Minnesota’s ag sector)

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has again partnered with WCCO News Radio and Fluence Media to help bring Farmfest to a statewide listening audience. Like last year, WCCO will again be broadcasting live on-site in the MCGA tent, sharing the latest from Minnesota agriculture at the trade show.

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CommonGround unites women in ag, metro moms for night of cooking and conversation

CommonGround Minnesota once again partnered with Twin Cities Moms Blog for an evening of cooking and conversation with women in agriculture and Twin Cities metro moms. The event, held at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul, was an opportunity to connect with an influential metro audience to discuss modern farming and food production.

The sold-out event began with a meet-and-greet between CommonGround volunteers, who traveled to the Twin Cities from farms and rural communities located across Greater Minnesota,

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