Tag: Ag Education

Another successful MN Ag EXPO comes to a close

MN Ag EXPO returned to Mankato last week, once again featuring great exhibitors, unique learning opportunities and a productive Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting.

In the MCGA booth, a seven-foot tall video board shared the many ways the state’s corn growers are building a more sustainable future for fellow farmers and all Minnesotans. MCGA staff and grower leaders had a great time hosting attendees in the booth to discuss research, policy,

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Soil Health Summit takes a look at soil health by the numbers

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In its fifth season, the Soil Health Partnership has worked with corn farmers across the United States to acquire data that assesses soil health practices on the farm.

Now equipped with years of research, SHP is ready to share the impact of those practices using numbers acquired on the farm to tell the story, according to Executive Director Shefali Mehta. She will convene SHP’s Soil Health Summit this week in St.

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The Soil Health Summit has something for all farmers

The Soil Health Summit comes to St. Louis Jan. 15-16, and for the first time in its history, it will be open to all farmers and the general public.

Organized by the Soil Health Partnership, the Soil Health Summit is for farmers who would like to benefit from high-energy education led by experts and peer networking with like-minded farmers focused on conservation.

Farmers are encouraged to register by Dec.

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Registration is open for MN Ag EXPO

One of the largest and best agricultural shows in Minnesota, MN Ag EXPO returns to Mankato Jan. 23-24. Hosted jointly by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, EXPO 2019 will feature an excellent list of exhibitors and an engaging lineup of speakers.

Minnesota corn and soybean farmers interested in attending are encouraged to register today at MNAgEXPO.com to avoid long lines at the door.

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Corn and photosynthesis at Farm Camp

By Kenzie Barth, Minnesota Corn Growers Association intern

This week, District Field Manager Cara Soukup and I went to Farm Camp! August 13th and 14th we were at FarmAmerica in Waseca, and on the 16th we went to Wolf Creek Dairy in Dundas. Farm Camp is an opportunity for students in grades 3 – 6 to learn about agriculture from a range of commodity groups. It was my first time at Farm Camp and I had a great time teaching campers about corn!

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‘Farmtastic Night’ brings the farm to the ballpark

The Kandiyohi County Corn and Soybean Growers Association decided late last year it would increase its efforts around engaging local youth to raise awareness of local agriculture. The pledge became reality last week when nearly 300 area kids attended “Farmtastic Night” with the Willmar Stingers.

Sponsored by the Kandiyohi County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, Farmtastic Night featured a fair of farm activities and information outside of Bill Taunton Stadium for attending families prior to the Stinger’s game Wednesday night.

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Twin Cities Road Crew brings corn-themed fun to the Aquatennial

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association partnered with Twin Cities Road Crew this summer to bring the corn-themed fun to metro area events. First up was the Aquatennial, which brings thousands to downtown Minneapolis for the official celebration of the city.

The Twin Cities Road Crew, along with Maizey, setup for the pre-fireworks Kid Zone earlier this month to share fun corn facts and the importance of Minnesota’s corn sector with attendees prior to the massive fireworks show.

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Field day focuses on reducing impact of weather extremes through soil health practices

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

When it comes to soil health, every farmer knows the impact of prolonged high temperatures, heavy winds and sudden downpours. Cover crops are gaining in popularity to help reduce the negative effects of Mother Nature, and a recent field day, organized by the Soil Health Partnership, took a deep dive into cover crop practices that help farmers better weather drought and soil movement from wind or rain.

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Field day on July 17 takes comprehensive look at cover crop strategies

As part of its mission to make farming more productive and sustainable through soil health, the Soil Health Partnership is holding a field day Tuesday, July 17, in Buffalo Lake for an up-close look at cover crop strategies.

Hosted on the farm of Brian Ryberg, who is a Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Participant, the field day is titled “Growing Farm Returns through Soil Health.” From 1:30 p.m.

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Students tackle ag issues in 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The fourth-annual 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge, most recently held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in mid-June, is a competition featuring teams of junior high and high school students tasked with finding solutions for important issues facing agriculture today.

This year’s winners, three young women from Beltrami County, developed a curriculum for teaching students in grades three through five about the science and the value of GMO food crops.

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