MN Ag EXPO 2014 comes to a close

Corn and soybean farmers from throughout Minnesota gathered at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Wednesday and Thursday to develop grassroots policy, network and discuss about the latest technology and happenings in the world of corn and soybean farming.

We will have more from MN Ag EXPO 2014 next week. For now, here are two video reports from the event:

KEYC – Mankato News, Weather, Sports –

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The Star Tribune publishes another anti-ethanol editorial

As the fight to save the Renewable Fuel Standard continues, another anti-ethanol editorial has appeared in the Star Tribune.

Supporters of renewable fuels are used to seeing anti-ethanol pieces in the Star Tribune, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating — especially when they continue to contain the same old myths and Big Oil talking points scare tactics.

This latest editorial claims that “Americans subsidize ethanol through tax breaks,” and when “corn is diverted into making ethanol,

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University of Minnesota study shows reduced-fat distillers performs on par with full-fat product

The removal of oil from distillers grains, as another way to add revenue to ethanol production, has become near universal in the ethanol industry.

The change has raised questions about the impact on the distillers grains product for beef producers — the main consumers of distillers grains. Researchers with the University of Minnesota Beef Team have stepped up to look at the question and have found solid evidence that reduced-fat distillers grains perform just as well in terms of weight gain and other performance indicators.

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Corn Links: Catching up after the holidays

If you were too busy opening presents or ringing in the new year over the last week to keep up with the latest news from the world of corn farming and agriculture, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is what you missed, and a few things you should look forward to:

  • In an op-ed published in newspapers throughout Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “the equivalent of a football coach benching the quarterback midway through a winning season.”

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Corn in the Northern Valley: An Agvocate's Perspective

Written by Aaron Vipond

As many of you know, over the past 15 years corn acres have been rapidly expanding, especially in the northern crop regions of the United States and Canada. This expansion is helping to keep Minnesota the fourth largest corn producing state after Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

Today, in my home county of Mahnomen, Minn., located in the northwestern portion of the state, the USDA estimates that corn production has moved close to 5 million bushels.

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