Ethanol powering more Minnesota race car drivers

For Cole Queensland, using ethanol in his USRA Modified race car has been a smooth transition. So smooth, in fact, it’s helped Queensland get off to his best start in 14 years of racing.

“I’ve had zero issues whatsoever,” said Queensland, who has two first-place finishes in five races this summer. “You hear stories and I was kinda nervous to do it, but it’s been great.”

Queensland races at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley,

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Top 10 reasons to attend MCGA's "Tasseldega Nights" on Saturday

Minnesota’s corn farmers are bringing the ethanol-powered “Tasseldega Nights” to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley on Saturday, July 19. Race fans get in for free, yes, I said FREE, but that’s not the only reason you should go.

Here are top 10 reasons why we hope to see you at the track on Saturday for “Tasseldega Nights.”

1. Win NASCAR Tickets! The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be giving away 4-pack of tickets and pit passes to the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug.

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Rail shipping delays cost corn farmers $72 million

A new report from the University of Minnesota says rail shipping delays cost Minnesota corn farmers $72 million in lower prices from March to May. The report also said 330 million bushels of corn still being stored on farms throughout the state was worth $122 million less because of rail backups.

The losses average about 30 cents per bushel of corn, which can be the difference between making or losing money in a given year for a corn farmer.

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Are the biggest retail gasoline chains offering consumers a choice at the pump?

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has graded some of the largest retail gasoline chains on whether they are providing consumers with homegrown and less expensive options like E15 or E85 at the pump.

Unfortunately, the “big five” oil-company owned chains gen a big fat “F” on their report card.

Fewer than 1 percent of Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell stations offer American made renewable fuels. More than 25 percent of independent retailers give consumers the option of filing up with ethanol-blended fuel.

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MCR&PC elects new officers

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) recently elected new officers:

Gerald Tumbleson, Chairman
Gerald grows corn and soybeans and feeds pigs on a farm in Sherburn that has been in the family since the 1930s.

Doug Albin, Vice Chair
Doug began farming in 1976 and grows corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa on his farm in Clarkfield.

Chad Willis, Treasurer
Chad has been farming for 18 years in Willmar,

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