Minnesota Corn celebrates ethanol infrastructure milestone

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) joined federal and state officials, as well as the American Lung Association and others from the renewable fuel industry to celebrate the success of the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) on Thursday. Since its implementation in 2015, the program has helped Minnesota become a national leader in ethanol infrastructure, recently surpassing 400 E85 stations and 300 stations selling 88 Octane fuel, also known as E15.

The celebration took place at a Plymouth Holiday gas station that received funding from the BIP program.

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Conservation Tillage Conference brings unique speakers, networking to Fargo

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Steve Groff, the Maryland farmer who worked with soils expert Dr. Ray Weil to develop the tillage radish, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Conservation Tillage Conference, held in Fargo, N.D, on Dec. 18-19.

With its ability to improve soil porosity, soil structure and water-holding capacity, the tillage radish is an emerging cover crop that has brought new excitement to the soil health and soil conservation movement in the Upper Midwest.

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Future ag leaders in spotlight as Gopher athletes

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has long partnered with University of Minnesota athletics to share the impact of the state’s corn growers with fans. For 2018-2019, that partnership expanded to shine a light on current student-athletes who aspire to be agricultural leaders.

Eight current student-athletes from the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) were interviewed about their agricultural background and ag career ambitions. Each video was or will be played during Gophers’ basketball,

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The 2018 farm bill is revealed, passes in House and Senate

Update: The U.S House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the 2018 farm bill, which now awaits President Trump’s signature. Below is a statement from Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann on the farm bill’s passage:

“Minnesota’s corn growers thank the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees for their work to complete a farm bill this year and members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation for their support of the bill. The full protection of crop insurance,

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What farmers can expect in a 2018 farm bill

By Jeff Harrison, Combest Sell & Associates

The 2018 farm bill conference report had been slated for consideration and final passage by the House Wednesday—exactly 28 years and 1 week from the date on which then President George H.W. Bush signed the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act into law.

However, Congress has primarily suspended legislative activity this week—with Wednesday as an official day of mourning—as the nation pays respects to the 41st President of the United States whose hand enacted the 1990 farm bill.

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