Mother Nature keeping Minnesota corn farmers out of the field

Mother Nature hit corn farmers with a left hook in the form of a winter that would never end. Now she’s delivering an uppercut with day after day of rain and more cold temperatures.

Good thing Minnesota corn farmers can take a punch.

After a slow start, corn planting has bogged down in recent days due to constant rain and another blast of cold temperatures. Only 4 percent of the corn crop is in the ground according to the latest USDA crop progress report.

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Don't let Big Oil rig the debate

Did you know that the oil industry has spent more than $1 million for every member of Congress to buy influence on Capitol Hill over the last five years? Or that despite hundreds of billions of dollars in profits, oil companies enjoy special tax breaks and subsidies that date back to 1913?

All of these facts and more can be found at, a new website from Fuels America that holds nothing back in shooting down myths and misinformation spread by Big Oil companies about homegrown ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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4 corn farmers re-elected to Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council

Jerry Demmer, Richard Peterson, Marty Amundson and Dwight Mork were all recently re-elected to the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC). Positions are three-year terms.

Demmer farms in Clarks Grove and represents District 8, Peterson farms in District 7 in Mountain Lake, Amundson in Zumbrota in District 9 and Mork farms in Bellingham and represents District 1, 2 and 4.

The MCR&PC administers the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off,

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Report: Renewable fuels generates $11.7 billion in economic output in Minnesota

A new report details how renewable fuels like homegrown ethanol generates billions of dollars for the Minnesota economy and supports thousands of jobs.

According to the Fuels America study, the renewable fuels sector in Minnesota generates:

  • $11.7 billion in economic output annually
  • Supports 48,506 jobs
  • Generates $3 billion in annual wages
  • Contributes $1.1 billion each year in state and federal taxes

To break down the numbers by Minnesota congressional district,

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Domestic oil drilling isn't stopping the annual summer gas price hike

As we drill for more oil than ever before in the United States, gas prices are going up.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The snow is melting, temperatures are rising, families are making summer vacation plans, people are driving more, and (conveniently) gas prices are spiking.

“Hold on a minute,” you might be saying. “We’re in the midst of a domestic oil boom. I thought that was supposed to lower gas prices?”

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