Governor Dayton: October is Biofuels Month in Minnesota

What does trick-or-treating, leaves changing colors, the World Series, the start of the NHL season and Biofuels Month have in common? They’re all happening this October.

Governor Mark Dayton has declared October Biofuels Month in Minnesota. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the important role biofuels such as clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol play in building Minnesota’s economy and reducing our impact on the environment and the air we breathe.

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MDA wraps up N management plan listening sessions

Plan would create phased response to nitrates in groundwater, with a potential for regulatory action

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Six listening sessions have not turned up any earth-shaking critical comments about the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan, according to MDA officials. The comment period continues until Nov. 1, at which point Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson will consider the comments and publish the final version of the plan.

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Government Shutdown: What it Means for Farmers

Like the rest of America, farmers woke up this morning and learned that the federal government is shut down.

How will the shutdown impact American agriculture? Unfortunately, we’re about to find out. For now, here’s what we know:

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mostly gone dark. With the exception of food and grain inspections, fighting forest fires and monitoring government property, most of the department’s 100,000 employees are furloughed (put on temporary leave) and offices are closed.

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Energy Economist: RFS saves consumers as much as $1.50 per gallon

There’s been plenty of political rhetoric and attacks using Big Oil talking points on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) recently. Unfortunately, it appears that the same people making attacks have chosen to ignore a study released last week by energy economist Philip K. Verleger that concludes ethanol and the RFS have lowered gas prices by as much as $1.50 per gallon.

Verleger writes:

Had Congress not raised the renewable fuels requirement,

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Farm Family of the Game: Layne and Darnell Ebeling of Martin County

Like a football team tries to maximize its strengths, Layne Ebeling and his cousin Cory know what each other does best on their farm in Martin County.

“He’s meticulous with the books. I’m good with the hogs and doing stuff outside,” Layne said. “At the end of the day, we get a lot done. We’re always moving ahead.”

Layne and Cory took over the farm from their fathers in the 1990s.

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