"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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Don't let Big Oil rig the debate

Did you know that the oil industry has spent more than $1 million for every member of Congress to buy influence on Capitol Hill over the last five years? Or that despite hundreds of billions of dollars in profits, oil companies enjoy special tax breaks and subsidies that date back to 1913?

All of these facts and more can be found at OilRiggled.com, a new website from Fuels America that holds nothing back in shooting down myths and misinformation spread by Big Oil companies about homegrown ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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4 corn farmers re-elected to Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council

Jerry Demmer, Richard Peterson, Marty Amundson and Dwight Mork were all recently re-elected to the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC). Positions are three-year terms.

Demmer farms in Clarks Grove and represents District 8, Peterson farms in District 7 in Mountain Lake, Amundson in Zumbrota in District 9 and Mork farms in Bellingham and represents District 1, 2 and 4.

The MCR&PC administers the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off,

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