Corn Links: Catching up after the holidays

If you were too busy opening presents or ringing in the new year over the last week to keep up with the latest news from the world of corn farming and agriculture, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is what you missed, and a few things you should look forward to:

  • In an op-ed published in newspapers throughout Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “the equivalent of a football coach benching the quarterback midway through a winning season.”

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Corn in the Northern Valley: An Agvocate's Perspective

Written by Aaron Vipond

As many of you know, over the past 15 years corn acres have been rapidly expanding, especially in the northern crop regions of the United States and Canada. This expansion is helping to keep Minnesota the fourth largest corn producing state after Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

Today, in my home county of Mahnomen, Minn., located in the northwestern portion of the state, the USDA estimates that corn production has moved close to 5 million bushels.

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Ethanol is not subsidized by taxpayers

“The only problem I have with ethanol is that it’s subsidized by the government!”

“Why take the people’s tax money and hand it to a few corporate faremers (sic) & refiners?”¬†

“Let’ look at the damage caused by subsidizing ethanol.”

These are actual reader comments on recent newspaper stories that focus on ethanol. If the topic of ethanol comes up among friends or family members,

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Deadlines announced for Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council elections

Elections are fast approaching for the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).

Ballots for the upcoming elections will be mailed on March 18, 2014 to farmers who voted in last year’s election. If you did not vote last year, you have until Feb. 6, 2014 to request a ballot from the MCR&PC office or from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Completed ballots must be returned and postmarked no later than April 3.

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Congressman Tim Walz: "The RFS is working, and the EPA needs to get out of the way"

With damaging cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) looming, Congressman Tim Walz visited POET Biorefining in Lake Crystal on Monday morning to talk about ethanol’s impact on the area’s economy.

POET employs about 44 people in the Lake Crystal area, consumes 20 million bushels of corn and produces 56 million gallons of ethanol annually. Those numbers will shrink if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the oil industry gets its way and slashes the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

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