Minnesota corn farmers #FactCheck Associated Press ethanol attack piece

Sometimes when a media outlet chooses sensationalism and talking points over journalism and insight, pushback is necessary. Minnesota corn farmers stepped up and reached out to correct misinformation and untruths contained in an ethanol attack piece published by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Responding directly to media hatchet jobs isn’t always necessary — often it’s best to let agenda-driven stories like this one flame out on their own — but the AP piece got so much wrong (claims such as farmers “plowing up pristine prairies,”

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Greenpeace founder calls for acceptance of GMO foods

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Dr. Patrick Moore appeared last week at the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council annual meeting — just one of many stops along a tour to raise awareness that the acceptance of genetically modified foods (GMOs) is a life and death issue.

Moore recently staged protests in Toronto and in Vancouver, in front of the Rainbow Warrior — the ocean going vessel that Greenpeace has used to battle whaling.

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Associated Press story plows under the facts about ethanol

Do you enjoy writing filled with hyperbole? How about “reporting” that cites long-dispelled myths as fact and uses professional talking heads as sources? Is lazy journalism that aims to manufacture controversy (think Skip Bayless at ESPN or one of the many loudmouths that pollute the talk radio airwaves) your thing?

Then an upcoming story from the Associated Press (AP) about so-called “dirty” ethanol is right up your alley. The story is embargoed until Nov.

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Never read the comments (especially when the topic is ethanol)

Those who venture into the comments section of a newspaper website rarely emerge unscathed. Newspaper comments sections are a jungle of misinformation, nastiness, name-calling and anonymous people behind a keyboard who know very little and pretend (often angrily) that they know a lot.

All of that is ratcheted up by a factor of 10 when you wade into the comments section of a story about ethanol. There’s a reason we should all live by the following motto: Never read the comments.

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Cover crops get some northern exposure

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and University of Minnesota Extension recently hosted a field day at a 12-acre plot with different varieties of cover crops sown into corn and soybean fields near Roscoe, Minn. About 50 attendees — farmers, conservationists and educators — came on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to hear the experts talk about how cover crops really can work in Minnesota, and how they invigorate soil biology,

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