Four years later, Discovery Farms Minnesota is going strong

In just four short years, Minnesota Discovery Farms has come a long way.

“The program has really taken off. We’ve established a working network from the southeast corner of Minnesota all the way up to the far northwest,” said Warren Formo, executive director of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center.

Discovery Farms is a farmer-led effort to gather field scale water quality information from different types of farming systems in landscapes throughout Minnesota.

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Open letter fights back against API's ethanol smear campaign

The president of the Renewable Fuels Association and the CEO of Growth Energy recently penned an open letter to Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API). The letter appeared in both the New York Times and Politico.

API has been running television ads to further generate fear among consumers about the effect E15 has on car engines. Here’s one of the best passages from the letter:

“Despite the millions of dollars your industry has spent on bogus TV ads,

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Drivers in Polk County fill up on ethanol

The cars started lining up even before the discount officially started.

A total of 75 motorists filled their tanks with almost 1,400 gallons of ethanol-blended fuel at the Crookston Fuel and Ampride in Polk County on March 27. Drivers who filled up with E85 received 85 cents off per gallon. Those who filled up with E20, E30 or E50 got 50 cents off per gallon.

When all was said and done,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Highlight Investments to Protect Surface and Groundwater

A new publication from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) highlights initiatives corn farmers have supported to protect surface and groundwaters from nitrogen loss. Initiatives include third-party research, innovative on-farm programs and people with an expertise in research and education.

The “Minnesota Corn Growers Association Nitrogen Initiatives” publication can be viewed here. Overall, MCGA invests about $2 million annually in projects that address corn production and water quality.

“Corn farmers grow the food,

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Minnesota farmers projected to plant 8.6 million corn acres

The USDA prospective plantings report is out and it forecasts Minnesota farmers planting 8.6 million corn acres in 2014, which would be the same number of corn acres planted throughout the state in 2013.

Nationally, 91.7 million acres are projected to be corn. That’s down 4 percent from last year and the lowest in the United States since 2010. However, it’s still the fifth-highest total since 1944.

Soybean acres are estimated to be up 6 percent to 81.5 million acres.

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