Huffington Post blog provides actual insight instead of rhetoric on E15

The city of Chicago is considering a proposal that would bring E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — to every fuel station in the city. As this proposal gains momentum, no doubt we’ll see plenty of sensationalized claims and emotional articles pushed by Big Oil companies and parroted by the mainstream media about the “dangers” of E15.

That’s why it was refreshing to read this post on E15 at the Huffington Post blog from researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory. 

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Webinar series will help Minnesota farmers better understand farm bill

If you’re a farmer and you’re not quite sure what to make of the 2014 farm bill, be sure to check out this three-part webinar series hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Wheat Growers.

“These are very complex, long-term decisions farmers have to make on the farm programs,” said commodity advisor and broker Al Kluis, who will be participating in each webinar.

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Is USDA's projection for Minnesota's 2014 corn harvest too high?

The latest USDA report projects a record corn crop of over 14 million bushels in 2014. The report predicts Minnesota corn farmers will harvest 1.34 billion bushels, slightly more than last year but not quite as high as 2012’s record.

After a soggy start to this year’s planting season that prevented many Minnesota corn farmers from getting into fields and washed some crops out entirely, USDA’s projections for Minnesota might seem too optimistic.

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Ethanol vs. Gasoline: Video shows how ethanol burns cleaner

The Illinois Corn Growers Association has released a great new video demonstrating how ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline.

Using ethanol instead of gasoline helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent, even when hypothetical land use emissions are factored in. In 2013, 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol were produced, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from on-road vehicles by 38 million metric tons — the equivalent of removing 8 million cars from the road.

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A quick summary of the 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference

The 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference (MALC) took place Sunday through Tuesday this week in Brainerd. Over 150 farmers, agribusiness leaders, policy experts and elected officials gathered to talk about important ag topics such as trade, transportation, taxes, regulations and the political landscape.

Highlights included:

Congressman Peterson and Nolan
Congressman Collin Peterson opened the conference by addressing the group on Sunday. Congressman Rick Nolan closed the conference with a lunchtime talk on Tuesday.

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