Corn-fed research: New publication highlights corn farmers' support for beef initiatives

Yes, it’s called the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, but its investments and support provide a boost for all of agriculture.

Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested nearly $3 million in research and programs that improve and support the production of beef livestock. These investments are highlighted by MCGA in a new publication titled “Minnesota Corn Growers Association Beef Initiatives.”

“Cattle farmers are one of our largest customers,”

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Minnesota's corn farmers launch Ethanol Cup racing series

Ethanol CupGentleman, start your ethanol-powered engines!

Minnesota’s corn farmers are launching the Ethanol Cup during the upcoming 2014 racing season at Elko Speedway just outside of the Twin Cities and at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, about a half hour south of Rochester.

Drivers who use a minimum of E15 (a high-octane gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol) in their cars will qualify to compete in the Ethanol Cup point fund.

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"Farmland" film opens in Minnesota

A new movie about life on the farm that features a young farm family in Southwest Minnesota opens at select theaters in Minnesota today.

“Farmland” is directed by Academy Award winner James Moll and looks at life on the farm through the eyes of young farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. You can catch the film at the following theaters today:

  • Marcus Elk River Theatre
  • Marcus Lakes Theatre —

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A quick update on farming, buffer strips and the Minnesota Shoreland Rule

A recent story in the Star Tribune questioned whether a large number of farmers in Southern Minnesota are in violation of the law for growing crops near rivers and streams. Despite what the story implied, state regulations on buffer strips are not absolute.

The Minnesota Shoreland Rule requires a 50-foot buffer strip along all lakes greater than 25 acres and, essentially, all permanent streams. However, farming is permitted and buffer strips are not required if 1) the farmer is operating under an approved conservation plan from USDA’s Natural Resource &

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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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