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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Saudi Arabia feed grain buyers visit Minnesota corn farm

A team of six feed grain buyers traveled from the sands of Saudi Arabia to the farm fields of Southeastern Minnesota on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to get an up-close look at a Minnesota corn farm.

Most people think of Saudi Arabia as a desert, but it has regions where farming is possible. The country is also home to a handful of large dairy operations, including Almarai, the largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world.

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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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