An update on E15 in Minnesota

Whenever Rick Bohnen talks to a customer who just filled his or her vehicle with E15 at the Penn-Minocco station in the heart of South Minneapolis, he can’t believe their enthusiasm.

“The people who buy E15 love it. They think it’s the greatest thing ever,” Bohnen said.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association was part of a coalition that brought E15 — a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline —

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The sights and sounds of the Supermileage Challenge at Eden Prairie High School

The sounds get louder as you approach the room where Leigh Hartert oversees the Supermileage Challenge team at Eden Prairie High School.

Metal tools clanking. Power tools humming. Classmates chattering back and forth.

The smells that fill the air become stronger too. A lovely aroma of paint mixed with motor fuel that anyone who enjoys working on engines and cars can appreciate.

When you walk into the room, the sights match the sounds and smells.

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University of Minnesota Extension: Working with corn farmers for more than 100 years

One-hundred years ago today, Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act, which allocated funding for outreach activities to expand vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America at Land Grant Universities throughout the United States. Today we know this federal, state and county initiative as Extension.

Minnesota was actually ahead of the rest of the country when it started Extension services in 1909, before the Smith-Lever Act was passed. Today,

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Corn-fed research: New publication highlights corn farmers' support for beef initiatives

Yes, it’s called the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, but its investments and support provide a boost for all of agriculture.

Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested nearly $3 million in research and programs that improve and support the production of beef livestock. These investments are highlighted by MCGA in a new publication titled “Minnesota Corn Growers Association Beef Initiatives.”

“Cattle farmers are one of our largest customers,”

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Minnesota's corn farmers launch Ethanol Cup racing series

Ethanol CupGentleman, start your ethanol-powered engines!

Minnesota’s corn farmers are launching the Ethanol Cup during the upcoming 2014 racing season at Elko Speedway just outside of the Twin Cities and at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, about a half hour south of Rochester.

Drivers who use a minimum of E15 (a high-octane gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol) in their cars will qualify to compete in the Ethanol Cup point fund.

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