Category: Partnerships

The predictive power of drones in the field

(Graduate student Dorothy Kirsch operates a drone on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers today have a number of models and software within reach, but most all of them require expensive hardware, software and services with trained technicians to deliver a crop forecast.

University of Minnesota Associate Professor Candice Hirsch, leading the project supported through the Minnesota Corn Growers Association,

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County scholarships open to future ag leaders

County corn grower associations throughout Minnesota are offering scholarships to local students interested in a career in agriculture.

To apply to any of the below, visit, select your home county and fill out the online application:

  • Nobles County Corn & Soybean Growers Scholarship
    • Who qualifies: High school seniors residing in Nobles County pursuing a degree in an ag or bio-science related field.
    • Due date: March 6
  • Dodge County Corn &
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Mexico, Canada trade continues to grow, despite uncertainty

(Granjas Carroll, the second-largest pork producer in Mexico, was one of a number of Mexican trade delegations that recently visited Minnesota)

Despite uncertainty surrounding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), trade between Canada and Mexico flourished during the 2018/2019 marketing year. Both countries set new records for purchases of grain from American suppliers, according to the U.S. Grains Council.

Trade continues to grow with both countries thanks in large part to the market access provided by the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Peru trade group explores DDGS in Minnesota

A team of buyers and nutritionists from Peru’s livestock industries visited Minnesota last week to learn about the distiller’s dried grains (DDGS) production process and usage in poultry and cattle diets.

Organized in partnership with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the all-inclusive tour brought the group from the corn farm to the ethanol plant to the livestock farm and feed mills.

Already a top-five importer of American corn,

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Middle East and African officials get up-close look at Minnesota-made ethanol

Fifteen Middle Eastern and African high-level officials visited Minnesota last week for a comprehensive tour of Minnesota’s ethanol industry. The group toured everything from the farm to the pump as they explore ethanol to meet biofuel goals in their home countries.

The delegation included members from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and Jordan. Each traveled to Minnesota from Washington, D.C., where they attended the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Global Ethanol Summit.

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Minnesota United bring soccer skills to MN farm country

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association teamed up with the Minnesota United to host a sold-out youth soccer clinic in Minnesota farm country last month. Taking place at Farmington High School, the event brought together Greater Minnesota youth and United professional staff for an afternoon of building soccer skills.

In addition to the team’s trainers, United midfielder Lawrence Olum attended the clinic to chat with the kids in attendance about his career as a professional soccer player.

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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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