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Biofuel supply to remain at 15 billion gallons in 2018

As part of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) yesterday, calling for maintaining the same level of conventional biofuels as 2017.

The minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in 2018 was 19.24 billion gallons. Conventional biofuels will remain at 15 billion gallons of that total next year. Advanced and cellulosic biofuels, often made from dried distillers grains (DDGS) and corn residue,

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Former MCGA president remembered

Ray Thorn, Jr., (center)

First-ever Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Ray Thorn, Jr., passed away last week at the age of 75. Thorn will always be remembered by MCGA as a driving force behind uniting Minnesota corn growers to form the organization.

Thorn, who farmed just north of Mankato, led the first organized meeting with MCGA members in June 1978 attended by more than 150 corn growers. Thorn was an active voice in raising awareness of the need for corn farmers to take a role in helping market their commodity.

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MCGA president joins state officials in Cuba trade mission

Last week Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle joined state officials and agricultural leaders in a trade mission to Cuba in an effort to develop the country as a market for corn exports. For Minnesota-grown corn, the trip was hopefully the beginning of many conversations to develop a trade relationship for the commodity.

Wolle, along with Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, State Senator Julie Rosen and other representatives from ag commodity groups,

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Innovation grants from MCGA

Innovation Grant Spotlight: Jason Louks

The 2017 Innovation Grant Program is well underway, with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) investing more than $250,000 in 23 farmer-led projects focused on conservation. Throughout the summer we will be highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality.

Previously we looked at the work of Brian Ahrens, who took a new approach to nitrogen application. Next up is Jason Louks, who combined his application of fertilizer with a new approach to applying fungicide – all at a variable rate.

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4-H bringing sustainable science to young ages

Starting this year, the 4-H Polymers program will be available to K-2 classrooms nationwide, introducing science in a way that piques curiosity for kids of all ages. This initiative is the result of combining the educational outreach of  4-H with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP), which conducts research to create plastics derived from renewable resources.

The curriculum, titled “Be a 4-H Scientist!  Materials in a Green, Clean World,” focuses on concepts like materials,

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