Corn here, corn there, corn everywhere at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair opens on Thursday, Aug. 21, and that means plenty of opportunities for fairgoers to learn a little something about food and farming.

Minnesota’s corn farmers will be well represented at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, starting with “A-Maize-Ing” Corn Day on Aug. 22 on the Christensen Farms Stage near the CHS Miracle of Birth Center.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can participate in fun corn-themed activities such as using biodegradable Magic Nuudles made from corn starch to create animals and other designs.

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The Minnesota Farm Team is having an outstanding season

Are you ready for some football? And some basketball? And hockey, too? The Minnesota Farm Team is.

Soon, it will be time to hang up the baseball glove and either put on shoulder pads, lace up the skates or step into a pair of basketball shorts.

The Minnesota Farm Team will be making the transition as well, and they’ll do it while harvesting crops, raising cattle and providing food,

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Huffington Post blog provides actual insight instead of rhetoric on E15

The city of Chicago is considering a proposal that would bring E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — to every fuel station in the city. As this proposal gains momentum, no doubt we’ll see plenty of sensationalized claims and emotional articles pushed by Big Oil companies and parroted by the mainstream media about the “dangers” of E15.

That’s why it was refreshing to read this post on E15 at the Huffington Post blog from researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory. 

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Webinar series will help Minnesota farmers better understand farm bill

If you’re a farmer and you’re not quite sure what to make of the 2014 farm bill, be sure to check out this three-part webinar series hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Wheat Growers.

“These are very complex, long-term decisions farmers have to make on the farm programs,” said commodity advisor and broker Al Kluis, who will be participating in each webinar.

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Is USDA's projection for Minnesota's 2014 corn harvest too high?

The latest USDA report projects a record corn crop of over 14 million bushels in 2014. The report predicts Minnesota corn farmers will harvest 1.34 billion bushels, slightly more than last year but not quite as high as 2012’s record.

After a soggy start to this year’s planting season that prevented many Minnesota corn farmers from getting into fields and washed some crops out entirely, USDA’s projections for Minnesota might seem too optimistic.

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