Making diesel engines more efficient with hydrous ethanol

Inside a square room at the University of Minnesota’s new T.E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory in Minneapolis, Will Northrop is working to refine a cleaner and more efficient diesel engine.

With funding support from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and AURI, Northrop and his team at the U of M’s Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing technology to use hydrous ethanol as the primary fuel in diesel engines.

When used in diesel engines,

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An Agvocate at the Capitol: South Dakota State student shares her "Day on the Hill" experience

Written by Andrea Tomschin, MCGA Agvocate

I’ll be the first to admit that history, politics and government have never been my favorite subjects. So when the Minnesota Corn Growers Association went to the state capitol in St. Paul — aka “the hill” — to talk about current issues, I can’t say that I was all too excited.

However, when the day came I quickly began to realize that my first time at the state capitol was going to be a lot more fun than expected.

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#Plant14 update: Minnesota corn farmers made progress last week

Minnesota corn farmers took advantage of the sunny and dry weather over the weekend to plant more than 22 percent of the state’s corn crop according to the latest USDA crop progress report.

Currently, 53 percent of Minnesota’s corn crop is in the ground. That’s 28 percent behind the 5-year average and 10 percent behind last year’s pace.

Best of luck to all the corn farmers out there battling Mother Nature and trying to get this year’s crop planted.

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Video: A day at the Supermileage Challenge

The 26th Supermileage Challenge at Brainerd International Raceway came to an end on Wednesday. It was another successful with over 60 schools bringing more than 120 cars to the competition.

The objective of Supermileage is to design a car that gets the most miles per gallon on one gallon of fuel. The competition is sponsored in part by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and includes an E85 division as well as stock,

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MCGA Public Policy Director to participate in MARL Class VIII

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Public Policy Director Anna Boroff has been selected to participate in the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (MARL). Boroff will join 29 others in the dynamic two-year leadership development experience designed to enhance the skills of Minnesota’s agricultural and rural leaders.

Boroff joined MCGA in July of 2012 after working for 10 years at the Minnesota Legislature. In her role at MCGA, Anna assists farmer-leaders in developing federal and state organizational policy positions and improving government relations strategies.

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