An ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Anna Boroff

Anna Boroff, MCGA Public Policy Director.

Anna Boroff, Public Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), has been at the state capitol throughout the current legislative session. Here are Anna’s thoughts on what corn farmers should be paying attention to as this legislative session continues:

  •  Everyone is talking about Gov. Dayton’s buffer strip statement made 10 days ago at a statewide DNR roundtable event. In case you missed it, the governor proposed mandating 50-foot buffer strips on all Minnesota waterways. As of now, we’ve seen no official legislative proposal on this matter. As MCGA President Bruce Peterson said in a statement he issued following the governor’s remarks, we’ll review any actual buffer strip legislation and take appropriate action, when, and if, it’s proposed. Meanwhile, we continue to meet with legislators and partners to highlight everything Minnesota’s corn farmers are already doing to protect water quality and wildlife habitat.
  • The debate about how to fund our state’s transportation needs continues. The House and Senate have two vastly different proposals. The House would like to use existing funds and some surplus funds to strictly funds roads and bridges. In the Senate, there’s talk of dedicating a sales tax to roads and bridges and adding an additional one cent sales tax in the metro for mass transit projects. Stay tuned.
  • Proponents of GMO labeling are holding a rally at the state capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 27. There has been a bill to label GMOs proposed in the Senate that we’re keeping our eye on. A fact sheet and letter opposing state GMO labeling that we helped put together with A Greater Minnesota is being distributed to legislators in advance of the rally.
  • Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Poster provided an update to the Senate Ag Committee on the AGRI fund, which includes funding to help Minnesota Corn, the American Lung Association of Minnesota and other partners install flex fuel infrastructure at stations throughout Minnesota. Soon, there will be 25 stations in the metro area pumping higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and E85 from these flex fuel pumps.
  • Other ag-related topics that have popped up include the DNR’s groundwater management plan as it relates to irrigation and the delisting of wolves from the endangered species list.
  • With the House now under republican control, and with so many new members in the House, it’s not a bad idea to see which members make up the House Agriculture Finance Committee and the House Agriculture Policy Committee and familiarize yourself with the chairs and members.

That’s all for this week. I’ll try and check in periodically with updates.

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Register today for the 2015 Extension ag drainage workshops

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Dates are set for a series of ag drainage workshops in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

A series of collaborative workshops focused on ag drainage are set for February and March in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. The two-day, hands-on workshops are put on by the University of Minnesota Extension, North Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension.

“Our drainage design workshops are a complete package for farmers who want to know how to design drainage systems,” said Brad Carlson, an ag drainage specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. “We really go through in great detail how to design great drainage systems, starting with the basic science regarding water flow and soils.”

From there, each workshop will cover topics such as deciding on your drainage co-efficient, figuring out how deep and how far apart to space tile and sizing tile outlets. The principles of conservation drainage practices are also covered.

Since each workshop is limited to about 65 participants, Extension drainage experts are able to work one-on-one with farmers to answer questions and offer insight into designing the best drainage system possible.

“Similar to teaching your kids math, it’s probably most valuable to do it by hand before you let the computer do it. So, we do both,” Carlson said. “We start by walking though how this stuff was done years ago by hand and then we move into the modern technology, where the computer is doing a lot of the design work for us. But it certainly is valuable for the farmers to understand what is going on, Because it allows you to change your decisions on the fly if you need to.”

Registration is $225 and includes all meals, handouts, materials and facetime with a dedicated team of ag drainage experts. Registration increases to $300 about two weeks before each workshop. Click here to register and to get more information.

Workshop times, dates and locations are as follows:

February 17-18, 2015
Sioux Falls, SD
South Dakota State University Extension Regional Center
2001 E. 8th St., Sioux Falls, SD

February 24-25
St. Cloud, MN
Holiday Inn & Suites
75 37th Ave., St. Cloud, MN

March 10-11
Grand Forks, ND
Alerus Center
1200 42nd St. South, Grnad Forks, ND

Carlson offers some additional details and information on the workshops in the below radio interview.

 

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Come to MN Ag EXPO 2015, bid on these great auction items

MN Ag EXPO 2015 is set for Wednesday and Thursday of next week at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Pre-registration is closed, but you will be able to register on-site, for free (!), on the day of the event.

In addition to the insightful speakers, educational breakout sessions, large ag trade show and networking opportunities, one of the big draws to the annual MN Ag EXPO is the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) live and silent auction. All proceeds from the auction help MCGA advocate for Minnesota corn farmers on important issues and help the organization connect with non-farmers with a positive message about agriculture.

MCGA has a lot of great items (and a few quirky ones) up for bid this year. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the items that will be up for bid:

MCGA Sign

There’s a brand new sign up at the MCGA office in Shakopee, which means the old one is being auctioned off. This sign became a Shakopee landmark for people driving past the office on Highway 101. Now you can post it on your farm!

Mini ethanol race car
Straight from the MCGA storage garage comes this mini ethanol race car go-kart.

mini ethanol tanker truck

Also from the MCGA garage: a mini ethanol tanker semi go-kart.

John Deere sofa

If you have a little helper on the farm, they’re going to love relaxing on this John Deere sofa after a long day of field work.

STIHL Chainsaw

In addition to this chainsaw, we’ll have several other great products from STIHL up for bid, including a weed whacker and leaf mulcher.

corn serving dish

This is one of several corn serving dishes up for auction. We’ve also got corn serving spoons, corn salt & pepper shakers, corn coffee mugs, corn butter knives and corn cups.

Grease Gun

Bid on this grease gun from Milwaukee Tools. We’ve also got an air blower and tool combo kit from Milwaukee.

Cat motorized train

The little engineer in your family will love this CAT motorized construction train.

 

John Deere Tractor lamp

This John Deere tractor lamp could be yours. Picture this on your nightstand, lighting up the room as you read the 2014 Minnesota Corn Growers Association Year in Review and the updated Research Directory.

Cookware

Farmers grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for the entire world. When it comes time to cook for you own family, this 10-piece Initiative cookware set is mighty nice.

Air Compressor

This Craftsman 3-gallon air compressor is all yours with the right bid. We’ll also have a 6-piece tire maintenence set from Craftsman and a pint glass bucket gift set.

Jam the Stands door

Hang this old school Jam the Stands “Ethanol Field to Fuel” race car door panel in your shed to support homegrown ethanol and local stock car racing.

Case-IH pedal tractor

Need help hauling things around your farm? Is your son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter a little too young to operate a real tractor? Then put ‘em to work using this Case-IH pedal tractor and trailer. We’ll also have pedal tractors and other kids toys from John Deere.

Wood Corn Sculpture

This giant wooden corn sculpture serves no practical purpose whatsoever. But it would look great somewhere on your farm!

Dekalb Certificate

Of course, no MCGA auction would be complete without some corn seed up for bid. We’ll have seed from Dyna-Gro, Syngenta, Croplan, Channel and Dekalb.


 

This is only a small sampling of the hundreds of items that will be up for bid at MN Ag EXPO 2015 next week. Remember: on-site registration is free the day of the event and all auction proceeds go to MCGA. If you’re a corn and soybean farmer in Minnesota, this is the event you need to attend.

For more info on MN Ag EXPO 2015, click here. See you next week and good luck bidding!

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Corn Yield Contest winners highlight hybrids and experimentation

National Corn Yield Contest

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

For Minnesota corn farmers Chris Sobeck and Curt Haler, the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest (CYC) is a great way to see what today’s corn hybrids can do, and try new things on their fields to become better farmers.

This is the second part of a two-part series of posts highlighting Minnesota corn farmers who placed first in a specific category of NCGA’s CYC. Click here to read the first part. Click here to see a full list of results of Minnesota CYC finishers.

Sobeck, 49, who farms near Winona, finished top in the no-till/strip till on non-irrigated land with a yield of 262.2668 bushels per acre across a 20-acre field. He raised the same number as the year before, planting DeKalb DKC62-97RIB.

“This farm has participated for 20 years, and me personally, I’ve been in the contest for the past five years,” said Sobeck, who has farmed since returning from college. In that time he has watched the performance of corn hybrids skyrocket.

“What the hybrids are capable of producing is amazing,” Sobeck said. “You look at my dad’s and uncle’s fields, the yields seem to be going upwards and upwards. When they first started if you got a yield over 200 it was incredible. Now, you have to be over 250 to even think about mentioning it.”

In addition to raising corn, soybeans and alfalfa, the Sobecks operate a 200-head dairy.

“After college, I wasn’t too keen on farming,” said Sobeck. “I thought 40-hour a week job, working in a cube would be more appealing after growing up on the farm, and having to wake up early and do chores, keep going until late, and work seven days a week. But then, after awhile in the office world I realized I wanted to work for myself as opposed to working for stockholders. Here on the farm, there’s never really a dull moment. Every day is a different battle. When it’s 20 below zero like it is now, it kinda makes me reconsider (laughs) but most days are pretty good.”

Asked what management methods resulted in such high yields, Sobeck said: “It’s a high fertility field where we do no-till, and it works best to put it on bean ground. We had soybeans on it last year.”

Curt Haler, Hastings, felt gratified to win in the irrigated category with 253.7533 bushels. After years working as a consultant with a farm partnership that entered the contest, this was the first year that Haler entered CYC under his own name. He won with Pioneer P1151AM1 ™.

Haler had decided he wanted to break out of the ‘stalemate’ — the plateau of yields in the 180-220 bushels farmers in his region harvest each year. So he decided to try to better understand the science of how the corn plants grow in his fields.

“We spoonfed nitrogen — we were feeding it the same amount of product, but then we were feeding it as needed,” Haler said, describing how the use of irrigation pivots regulated by computer makes this approach easy.

He continued: “The plant let us know when it needed nitrogen. We let the plant tell us the story. We’re trying to figure out when we can do this. It looks like we need to start at V2, go to V10, pre-tassel, post-tassel, and then the last shot when it was almost ready to dent.”

Haler said they closely managed the whole regime of macro and micronutrients: adding extra potash at certain extra times, a little boron several times, some sulfur and some zinc.

“We were spoon-feeding it as the tissue samples came in,” Haler added. “To try to understand the science behind how the corn grows we pulled tissue samples every week. Basically the same time, the same place in the fields throughout the growing season. We sent the samples off to the lab and applied nutrients according to the results. We’re finding out that might be the right thing to do. We are looking at purchasing a few more pieces of equipment to help us do that across more acres. We’re still studying all the records. There’s a lot to learn here.”

Haler, who has been farming since 1978, said one of the main concerns on their light, sandy-loamy soil, is using the right amount of water in the irrigation system, neither too much nor too little, in order to get an the best results. It turns out that conservation is a part of this picture.

“With corn-on-corn, we try to leave enough residue on top so that we don’t get anything blowing. Once in a while we fail on that. We have put some waterways in. Our biggest thing is that we are trying to build the soil up,” Haler said. “We actually decided to go corn-on-corn about 10 years ago because we had no (moisture) holding capacity whatsoever. Now it seems to be working for us. We can slow down, we don’t have to irrigate quite as much.

“Here’s what we learned as time has gone on: we go more often with less water. We let the crop tell us when it needs the water. And these (soil moisture) probes are really starting to help out with this too. We are trying some variable rate irrigation where we program the irrigators to the probes and they tell the irrigators when to start and when to go back, put more water on, or speed up and not put as much water on. We are trying some of that technology right now.”

The results so far are promising: with the schedule of putting less water on, but putting water on more often, they have zero runoff and no ponding.

“We were pretty impressed, pleased with what we figured out using the plant tissue sampling and the soil moisture monitoring,” said Haler. “It’s going to be interesting this year. We’re hoping to be one of the first in this area to crack 300 (bushels per acre).”

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Mabel corn farmer makes his mark in Corn Yield Contest

National Corn Yield Contestwritten by Jonathan Eisenthal

Despite a late start and below-normal temperatures for much of the growing season, Minnesota’s corn farmers still brought in the bushels. We see that success in this years National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest.

Top yields among Minnesota entrants ranged from 211.643 bushels per acre using no-till cultivation up to 270.9354 on non-irrigated farm land.

The top three entrants in four different categories will receive recognition in the “Yield Pride” article, the official announcement of Corn Yield Contest (CYC) results in the February edition of Progressive Farmer magazine. This is the 50th year of NCGA’s Corn Yield Contest, according to Rachel Jungermann, who directs the program for NCGA. The Corn Yield Contest, which saw 8,129 entries across the country this year, was started to encourage farmers to try new techniques and seed varieties to increase the productivity of their farms.

“The contest also shows that farmers are adopting new, precision agriculture technologies,” Jungermann said. “Maybe most important, it’s also a friendly competition between your neighbor and yourself, or your community. A lot of farmers like to see how they are doing compared to their fellow farmers around them.”

“Nearly 271 bushels — that’s the best I’ve ever done, said David Swenson, who achieved Minnesota’s top yield in the non-irrigated category. “Last year we were at about 240 and the year before that, with the weather, it was about 220. So we’ve been climbing up here steadily.”

The Fillmore County corn farmer came up with a goal several years ago during a winter meeting: reach 300 bushels per acre. He was close this year despite “lower heat and that early frost,” Swenson said. “We had some light frost damage in the field and some dry weather in there too.”

Located near the town of Mabel, Swenson farms with his son Matt. Stanley, his 80-year-old father, still comes to help at the farm. An unusual feature of the Swensons’ operation is that they also have a plumbing business. David took it up at the invitation of an acquaintance doing public projects in the 1980s in the city of Winona. The steady income came in handy during the uncertain days of the late 1980s. When his dad retired, David moved the plumbing business back to the farm and now he and Matt are partners in both farming and plumbing.

Swenson worked with Pioneer seed dealers to get the right hybrids to make his run at the 300 bushel goal, and adopted precision ag methods to better understand his yields. This year’s bin buster was Pioneer PO533AM1 ™.

“We did some grid sampling and then we applied lime according to the grid sampling and phosphorus and potash the same way,” Swenson said. “And then we just started split applying nitrogen and a few little things that we’ve been trying each year.

“On the whole farm we’ve been trying these things out in a trial kind of thing,” Swenson continued. “We will side dress nitrogen at different rates to see how that does, in different places on the farm.”

Southeastern Minnesota clearly got the best — though far from ideal — growing conditions this past year. All but one top finisher farms in this corner of the state.

Check back tomorrow for a profile of Minnesota CYC winners in the irrigated, no-till/strip-till non-irrigated and no-till/strip-till irrigated categories. Click here for a sneak peek and to view all the Minnesota winners.

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Forum attendees seek to find common ground on GMO labelling issue

Written by Mark Hamerlinck

GMO forum

Erica Nelson from the Minnesota Turkey Growers speaking at last week’s forum on GMOs.

I’ll admit my expectations were low as I entered the conference room where dozens of educators, activists, grad students and agribusiness representatives had gathered to attempt to find some common ground on the issue of GMO labelling.

The event, a forum titled “To label or not to label, the GMO food paradox” was sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership and Center for Animal Health and Food Safety and was part of a continuing series of forums called Finding Common Ground. Based on past dialog with others on the subject of GMOs, I was prepared for a day of verbal hockey, with both sides shooting sound bites past one another, trying to score points in a nasty game that was always one period away from ending.

Attendees first heard from Jennifer Kuzma, Professor of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. My take-away of her remarks were: 1) Consistently, over 90 percent of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods and 2) scientific research on the study of GMO safety runs about 5-to-1 on the side of “no negative health effects” from GMOs.

Further, Kuzma said, studies regularly show consumers are willing to pay more for non-GMO products and that support for GMO labeling was shared almost equally by Democrats (93 percent in favor of labeling), Republicans (89 percent in favor) and Independents (90 percent in favor).

I briefly wondered whether any of the consumers polled were aware that science ran 80 percent on the side of GMOs causing no negative health effects, but quickly (and sadly) remembered what ag communicators who have been on the job more than two weeks know: When it comes to communications, emotions always trump science.

Two teams of graduate students then argued the labeling issue in debate form, after which we broke into small groups and were tasked with finding something about the issue on which we could agree, then developing a strategy to move that agreement forward.

Our group figured all sides could agree that before labeling laws could be seriously debated consumers needed to have more and better information about GMOs. In about 10 minutes we developed a strategy of a Land Grant University-run consortium of stakeholders who would develop a well-funded, on-going plan that would communicate only accepted scientific truths about GMOs.

Did I mention we did this in 10 minutes?

Then it was time to share and it was at this point my pre-conceived notions of how this forum would end crumbled a bit. I was pleasantly surprised that the majority of groups had come up with defensible, common sense ideas that most attendees could agree on. The conversations were respectful, and I’d even venture that the mood was collaborative. I’m jaded enough to know that the mood was partially due to our collective “Minnesota Nice” mindset, but what I heard did give me some hope that all sides just might be able to work together to forge an agreeable solution.

We’re not going to get there overnight, but if we continue to try to understand before insisting on being understood, we just might get there.

The Finding Common Ground event was part of a continuing series of forums that have been held periodically since 2010. Find more information about the series here.

Mark Hamerlinck is the Communications Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

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Statement from MCGA President Bruce Peterson on Gov. Dayton’s planned buffer proposal

Bruce Peterson

MCGA President Bruce Peterson.

The following is a statement from Bruce Peterson, a farmer in Northfield and President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, on Gov. Dayton’s plan to propose 50-feet of buffer strips along all Minnesota waterways:

“By investing $4 million annually in third-party research through institutions like the University of Minnesota, and by supporting initiatives such as Discovery Farms, Minnesota corn farmers have taken the lead on issues related to agricultural water quality and wildlife habitat. We look forward to reviewing Gov. Dayton’s buffer proposal once more details are made available. As a farmer in Northfield, I’m one of about 25,000 Minnesota corn farmers who contributes his or her own money through a voluntary check-off to support meaningful and productive efforts to take care of the land we farm and nearby waterways. We’re proud of our past conservation leadership and improvements, and we’ll continue working to be even better in the future.”

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With $9 million from USDA, Water Quality Certification goes statewide

Acting State Conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources and Conservation Service Walter Alberran speaking at Wednesday's MN Ag Water Quality Certification event.

Acting State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources and Conservation Service Walter Alberran speaking at Wednesday’s MN Ag Water Quality Certification event.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Twenty-eight farmers signed up for and helped tweak Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification program during its pilot phase. Now the program will be open to farmers in every watershed in Minnesota, thanks to a $9 million dollar grant from the USDA.

Two farm families who took part in the pilot helped announce the expanded program on Wednesday at the Orville Freeman building in Saint Paul — the headquarters of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

A farmer that installs grass buffer strips, water ways and other features to protect water quality can now get formal recognition, including signs with the official logo of Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification. It’s a three-step process: the farmer applies, takes a computer-based evaluation, then a technical adviser from MDA verifies the farmer’s water quality practices. In the future, MDA will license local crop consultants and retired farmers as certifiers for the program.

During the verification visit, the farmer and the adviser can review the operation field by field, and talk over any water quality issues. This process puts the farmer at the front of the line for technical and financial assistance to implement new water quality practices.

Once certified, the farmer can enter into a 10-year “certainty contract.” During that time, the farmer can operate without worry that new regulations — and sudden new costs — will be imposed. 

The governor and federal officials signed the pilot program into existence in January 2012. At the Wednesday announcement, Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson promised that “every dollar of the grant will be invested in Greater Minnesota” through this “precedent-setting approach to water quality.”

The pilot program enrolled 10,000 acres in the Elm Creek, Middle Sauk River, Whiskey Creek and Whitewater River watersheds.

“My wife Tammy and I operate a third generation family farm,” said Glen Haag. Chosen Acres Farm, located near Winona, is a beef, corn, soybean and alfalfa operation on 800 acres.

“Conservation has been a part of our life, even in previous generations,” Haag said. “Great grandpa, he did a lot of the terracing. His boy continued on with that, with waterways and filter strips. And now we are carrying that a step forward with recent improvements in terracing and waterways.”

Haag said the pilot program was an opportunity to continue making improvements.

“Advancing with the new day and age, trying to implement more and more of these new practices. I dove into (the pilot program), using our farm as a ‘practice farm,’” he said. “We found some issues with (the program) initially, so it’s nice to get in on that floor level, to make those changes. We did some tweaks. Through this process, even with all the conservation we do, we found some areas where we could improve and so we did.”

They added nine new practices that improve water quality.

Officials noted that agriculture generates $75 billion dollars in economic activity and supports 340,000 jobs in Minnesota.

“We believe that a strong agricultural economy and healthy rivers, lakes and streams can prosper together,” said Matt Wohlman, assistant commissioner of agriculture for Minnesota. “This is what has made Minnesota an ideal location to launch the voluntary Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.”

More details on the program can be read on MDA’s website.

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Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference set for Feb. 9

Over 450 farmers and ag professionals attended the Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference to learn more about fertilizer management, the latest in ag research and updates from agencies like the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Last year, around 450 farmers and ag professionals attended the Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference to learn more about fertilizer management, the latest in ag research and updates from agencies like the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Last year, a record crowd of more than 450 farmers, crop consultants and agriculture professionals attended the Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference.

Organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year when the Crop Nutrient Management Conference kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

“It’s become a pretty important place to share the latest research on nutrient management,” said Warren Formo, Executive Director of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center. “There’s great interest in making sure we’re using nutrients as efficiently as possible.”

Researchers — often working on projects funded through Minnesota’s commodity check-off programs — are continuously seeking ways to help farmers use the latest technology and fertilizer strategies to reduce their environmental footprint, improve their bottom lines and increase efficiency.

“We’re going to spend some time talking about efficient nitrogen use, micro-nutrients, phosphorus use and the nutrient value of cover crops,” said George Rehm, Discovery Farms Minnesota Coordinator. “We think we have a pretty well-rounded program.”

Registration is free. So is lunch. Certified crop advisors in attendance will earn CCA credits. A full agenda, along with registration information, can be found here.

The conference will be of particular interest to corn farmers, who are challenged with falling prices and calls for new government regulations on nutrient application and management. Staying up to date on the latest research in the area of nutrient management helps corn farmers trim input costs and remain proactive in stewardship efforts.

“If farmers are going to stay competitive, they need to be up to date on the latest research. That’s what this day is all about,” Formo said. “Sharing relevant research from Minnesota and surrounding states so they can put it to use on their farms.”

Listen to both Formo and Rehm provide further details about the Crop Nutrient Management Conference below on this week’s episode of Minnesota Corn Growers Association Radio:

 

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association shines on national recruitment stage

Dale Busch

Dale Busch from Watonwan County was a National Corn Growers Association Top Recruiter from Minnesota in 2014.

With a record 7,107 members, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) exceeded its membership goals in 2014. MCGA remains one of the largest grassroots farm organizations in the country and one of the few ag organizations active on the county, state and federal level.

MCGA’s membership growth also ranked high on the national scale. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) ended 2014 with 41,262 members, its highest total ever. More than 17 percent of those members are from Minnesota.

In all, 316 new members joined MCGA in 2014, the largest increase of any state that has a corn growers association.

This type of membership growth doesn’t happen without the grassroots efforts of recruiters at the local level. NCGA recently announced four Hall of Fame Recruiter award winners, three were from Minnesota: Doug Toreen, Renville County; Myron “Mickey” Peterson, Renville County and Robert Nelsen, Murray County.

Hall of Fame recruiters must recruit a minimum of 50 members in a year.

There were 20 Top Recruiter award winners (minimum of 10 recruits) announced with three coming from Minnesota: Dale Busch, Watonwan County; Connie Mulder, Renville County and Lori Feltis, Olmstead County.

Congratulations to the Top Recruiters and Hall of Fame Recruiters from Minnesota. And thank you to all MCGA members, whether you’re a new member or you’ve belonged for a while. Your grassroots passion is what makes MCGA what is today.

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