Farm tour brings irrigation into focus

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmer Alan Peterson hosted two dozen guests, including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Assistant Commissioner Matt Wohlman in a tour of area farms near Clear Lake last week to show the theory and practice of irrigation in Minnesota.

Irrigators are responsible stewards of water and land resources, Peterson told the assembled group. The tour demonstrated that irrigation is an economic necessity in the central region due to its light,

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Fifth-generation farmers to be honored at Gophers football home opener

by Jonathan Eisenthal

Kirby Hettver represents the fifth generation of his family to farm in Chippewa County, 20 miles west of Willmar. Kirby, wife Mandi and daughters Amelia (8) and Hazelee (6) will be honored Thursday night as the Minnesota Corn Growers Farm Team Family when the Gophers open their football season against Eastern Illinois at 6 p.m. on Thursday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Hettver’s are being honored because of their commitment to take care of the land they farm.

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Talking ethanol and corn farming on KSMQ's "Farm Connections"

The crew from KSMQ’s “Farm Connections” came out to Deer Creek Speedway on July 18 to talk ethanol and corn farming during “Tasseldega Nights.”

You’ll hear from a Minnesota corn farmer, a race car driver who uses ethanol, and ethanol plant CEO and staff from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, which sponsored “Tasseldega Nights” to better connect with consumers and racing fans with a positive message about ethanol.

Thanks to KSMQ for putting together this interesting and informative series of stories on homegrown ethanol.

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Corn links: RFS, New York Times, Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s Monday, so let’s start the week off with an update on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a New York Times farming panel that doesn’t include any farmers and a corn-themed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Final RFS number coming soon?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is almost a year late in announcing final numbers for the 2014 RFS, legislation that sets targets for the amount of renewable fuels like ethanol to be blended in our fuel supply.

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A weakened Renewable Fuel Standard helps these 10 people

High rollin’ Big Oil executives, the Koch Brothers, and asthma inhaler manufacturers make a list of the top 10 people who benefit from a weakened Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compiled by Fuels America.

Minnesota corn farmers have been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue final numbers on the 2014 RFS, which sets targets for the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply.

EPA proposed drastically slashing the RFS,

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