Nutrition conference highlights important topics for corn and livestock farmers

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota’s top animal nutritionists know to save the third Wednesday and Thursday of September for the chance to engage with colleagues in top level conversations about the latest news and research into what keeps livestock animals strong, healthy and growing.

“More than ever, livestock and crop agriculture depend on each other in order to succeed,” said Chuck DeGrote, a Clara City farmer and Expanded Uses team leader for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

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New campaign and website bring a FlexFuel message to Twin Cities

If you listen to Twin Cities radio, see Metro Transit buses on the road or peek at digital billboards in the metro area, you’ve probably noticed some brand new FlexFuel and E15 advertising.

Coming off a summer where sales of higher ethanol blends like E85 and E15 spiked, now is the perfect time to showcase the environmental and economic benefits of ethanol to as many potential new users as possible.

The campaign includes radio spots and contests on Cities97 and Buzn 102.9.

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MCGA elects Northfield farmer Bruce Peterson President for 2014-15

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) state board of directors recently elected Bruce Peterson as its new president for 2014-15 at its September meeting. Peterson grows corn and soybeans and is a pork producer from Northfield, Minn.

Peterson has farmed for nearly 30 years and was elected to the MCGA board in 2010. He’s previously served as board secretary, treasurer and vice president. Peterson’s term begins Oct. 1 and lasts one year.


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Unique conservation project uses cedar trees to stop streambank erosion

In an effort to help stabilize the stream bank and restore aquatic habitat in Riceford Creek in Houston County, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is supporting a unique conservation project.

Researchers and work crews from Winona State University, The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Corps Minnesota are stacking red cedar trees along sections of the stream bank susceptible to erosion.

The trees help absorb a lot of the energy from the flowing water,

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Agriculture Secretary announces risk management programs for farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new rules about Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) authorized by the 2014 farm bill.

Farmers must make a decision to 1) maintain the farm’s 2013 base acres of covered commodities through 2018; or, 2) reallocate base acres among those covered commodities planted on the farm at any time during the 2009 – 2012 crop years.

Complete details on PLC/ARC,

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