Corn farmers invited to attend ag freight forum on July 10

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is co-sponsoring a forum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 in Alexandria on the future of agriculture freight in Minnesota. Farmers have faced challenges securing space on rail to move grain and receive inputs such as fertilizer or propane.

The forum, “Envisioning the Future of Agriculture Freight in Minnesota,” is being planned and coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Experts from railroad companies,

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More Minnesotans are choosing homegrown ethanol

More Minnesota flex-fuel drivers are choosing homegrown, cleaner-burning and less expensive E85 this year.

According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, first quarter sales of E85 — a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline — are up 49 percent compared to the same period last year.

In all, 3.77 million gallons of E85 were sold from January through March. Second quarter numbers should be released in early July.

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FREE corn ice cream at the Minnesota Food Truck Fair on Sunday

Corn is CoolGet ready, Uptown Minneapolis. The Corn Growers are coming to the Minnesota Food Truck Fair this Sunday and they’re bringing FREE corn ice cream.

Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the Minnesota Food Truck Fair, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 over a three-block stretch covering Hennepin Ave. South, Holmes Ave. South and 31st St. in Uptown Minneapolis.

It’s the perfect opportunity for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to bring a positive message about farming and homegrown ethanol to an audience of food-loving non-farmers in the Twin Cities metro area.

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Roots of MCGA can be traced back to local Corn Economics Group

What started as a “Corn Economics Group” in the late 1960s helped create the now 6,900-member strong Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

In 1967, St. James farmer Leroy Leinenweber won a national corn yield contest. The agronomist he worked with at Northrup-King seed company asked Leroy if he’d be willing to talk to other farmers about some of the practices he implemented to boost his yields.

Leroy loved talking farming, so he and another half-dozen other forward-looking farmers gathered at a local watering hole near St.

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Waters of the United States rule is bad news for farmers

Written by Kirby Hettver

As a fifth-generation family farmer in Western, Minnesota, I’ve had to overcome many things. Flooded fields, droughts, unpredictable markets and buying and maintaining expensive machinery all help make farming a challenging profession.

I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. A farmer feels a lot of pride when he or she overcomes those challenges and harvests a bumper crop to help provide food, feed, fiber and fuel for a growing world population.

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