Video: Support for the RFS rang out across Minnesota

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline, corn farmers took action.

Over 7,000 corn farmers and renewable fuels supporters wrote letters to EPA about saving the RFS and continuing to support homegrown ethanol. Not only did corn farmers and their allies make their voices heard in letters, they also spoke out on radio,

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Getting to know MCGA's new farmer-leaders

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In recent elections, farmers Kirby Hettver, Paul Henning and Tim Wiersma were elected to serve on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors.

Hettver, 39, farms with his brothers in Chippewa County on a farm that has been in his family since 1902. Hettver and his brothers are fifth-generation farmers and grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 1,600 acres.

The brothers also have a seed business combined with custom planting and harvesting,

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U.S. Senate approves farm bill, sends to President Obama for signature

By a vote of 68-32, the U.S. Senate approved a new five-year farm bill on Tuesday afternoon. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law later this week.

Both Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, voted to pass the farm bill.

In a statement released shortly after the vote, Klobuchar said, “As a member of the Farm Bill conference committee,

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EPA administrator hints about changes to Renewable Fuel Standard proposal

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy dropped a few hints yesterday that changes could be coming to its proposal to slash the RFS, which would reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

“I have heard loud and clear that you don’t think we hit that right,” McCarthy told a crowd of about 100 people at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture winter conference in Reston,

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Agriculture in China: A student's perspective

By Kevin Welter

I met with my college advisor my sophomore year, and I recall her asking me if I had ever thought of studying abroad. I responded that I had never considered it. She promptly informed me of a two-week agriculture-focused study abroad trip to China in May 2013. It fulfilled a requirement to graduate, and I knew that a friend was already planning on participating as well. That was enough for me to decide to sign up,

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