Finding My Way to CommonGround

Written by Kristie Swenson

An uneventful 6th-grade sleepover turned into a defining moment in my life: my passion for agricultural literacy was ignited.  I grew up on a farm 13 miles from the nearest town, and when my friends and I went to feed our cattle, my friend, Sara, asked, “So, those are cows… right?”

I was shocked that Sara, who lived in a rural town (of which agriculture was,

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E15 in Minnesota: Media coverage of the E15 rollout at Penn Minnoco in south Minneapolis

Did you miss the news that E15 is now available in Minnesota? Have you been hiding under a rock?

If you have been under a rock, please come out and catch up on the great news Minnesota motorists received this week. The higher ethanol blends E15 and E30 are now available in Minnesota — giving drivers more choices at the pump and a lower cost and renewable alternative to unleaded gasoline.

Here is a summary of all the media coverage from this week:

Television News

KSTP Channel 5 (Tuesday,

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Corn farmers help bring E15 and E30 to Minnesota

It’s official: E15 and E30 are now available in Minnesota, giving drivers more choices beyond regular gasoline when it’s time to fuel their vehicles.

With TV cameras rolling and a steady stream of customers pulling in to fill up their tanks at Penn Minnoco off Penn Ave. in south Minneapolis, the ribbon was cut Wednesday morning on four new flex fuel pumps that dispense E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol, 5 percent more than what is blended in all Minnesota unleaded gasoline),

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Minnesota's corn harvest kicked into high gear last week

The combines were rolling in full force throughout the state last week as Minnesota corn farmers harvested more than one-fourth of this year’s total crop.

With 48 percent of Minnesota corn now harvested, we’re still behind the five-year average for this time by about 12 percent, but it’s a significant jump from from the week before when only 19 percent of the corn was harvested.

Nationally, 59 percent of the corn crop has been harvested,

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New Interactive Map Highlights Local Impact of Corn in Minnesota

A new interactive online map created by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) highlights the local impact made by corn farming throughout Minnesota’s 87 counties.

With a single click, users can access data that breaks down corn production by county along with county-by-county information on corn crop value, stations that sell ethanol-blended fuel, ethanol plants, grain elevators and MCGA members.

The online tool can be accessed at www.mncorn.org/farm-policy/county-stats,

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