Ethanol vs. Gasoline: Video shows how ethanol burns cleaner

The Illinois Corn Growers Association has released a great new video demonstrating how ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline.

Using ethanol instead of gasoline helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent, even when hypothetical land use emissions are factored in. In 2013, 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol were produced, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from on-road vehicles by 38 million metric tons — the equivalent of removing 8 million cars from the road.

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A quick summary of the 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference

The 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference (MALC) took place Sunday through Tuesday this week in Brainerd. Over 150 farmers, agribusiness leaders, policy experts and elected officials gathered to talk about important ag topics such as trade, transportation, taxes, regulations and the political landscape.

Highlights included:

Congressman Peterson and Nolan
Congressman Collin Peterson opened the conference by addressing the group on Sunday. Congressman Rick Nolan closed the conference with a lunchtime talk on Tuesday.

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Anoka County 4-H working to bring a positive message about farming to area youth

There were 615 farms spanning almost 100,000 acres in Anoka County in 1969. Today, there are 396 farms covering fewer than 45,000 acres.

Urban sprawl has turned a lot of that Anoka County farmland into prime residential and business developments. Homes, schools, shopping centers and restaurants now occupy land that used to be cornfields, barns and pastures.

Even though there are fewer farms in Anoka County today than 45 years ago (as is the case in counties throughout the United States),

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Nitrate sample testing offered by MAWRC a hit at Farmfest

With all the recent buzz about ag water quality, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) offered free and confidential sample testing for nitrates at this year’s FarmFest, Aug. 5-7 near Redwood Falls.

“We tested samples of water that landowners brought from wells, drainage tile and ditches on their property,” said Tim Radatz, research specialist at MAWRC. “We got an excellent response to the service. People who were unaware that we were offering it stopped and talked to us anyway.

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Photos and stories from MCGA at Farmfest 2014

It was another successful year for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) at Farmfest 2014. The tent was packed with a steady flow of people looking to learn more about MCGA, win one of several great prizes, or get a scoop of free sweet corn ice cream.

Here are some photos and other tidbits from the three-day event:

Sweet Corn Ice CreamSweet corn ice cream made a triumphant return to the MCGA tent at Farmfest.

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