Report: Renewable fuels generates $11.7 billion in economic output in Minnesota

A new report details how renewable fuels like homegrown ethanol generates billions of dollars for the Minnesota economy and supports thousands of jobs.

According to the Fuels America study, the renewable fuels sector in Minnesota generates:

  • $11.7 billion in economic output annually
  • Supports 48,506 jobs
  • Generates $3 billion in annual wages
  • Contributes $1.1 billion each year in state and federal taxes

To break down the numbers by Minnesota congressional district,

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Domestic oil drilling isn't stopping the annual summer gas price hike

As we drill for more oil than ever before in the United States, gas prices are going up.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The snow is melting, temperatures are rising, families are making summer vacation plans, people are driving more, and (conveniently) gas prices are spiking.

“Hold on a minute,” you might be saying. “We’re in the midst of a domestic oil boom. I thought that was supposed to lower gas prices?”

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5 corn farmers elected to MCGA Recruiter Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently christened its new Recruiter Hall of Fame by inducting five corn farmers into the inaugural class.

There are almost 7,000 members in MCGA’s ranks. These five hall-of-fame inductees have played a major role in recruiting new members and helping MCGA become the strong, grassroots voice of corn farmers it is today:

  • Doug Toreen, Renville County. Doug has recruited 1,099 MCGA members and belongs to the Renville County Corn &

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A quick update on DNR irrigation permits

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) remains engaged with lawmakers and agencies about issues surrounding farming and water sources. As fewer people are elected to office with an agriculture background, it’s important that corn farmers continue to have a seat at the table as regulations are debated and laws are introduced that impact Minnesota’s farms.

Recently, farmers have expressed concerns about irrigation issues, specifically the irrigation permitting process with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Talking fast and planting straight

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association launched its “Minnesota Farm Team” campaign last week to highlight how corn farmers take care of our land, water and soil. MinnesotaCornerstone.com will profile a different member of the Farm Team every day this week.

To Joe Maidl, a nice, straight crop row is more than an aesthetic satisfaction — it saves time, money, fuel and lowers farming’s carbon footprint.

Maidl farms in Lafayette: “It’s the middle or the south central or what you might call the belly button of the state,”

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