Corn in the Northern Valley: An Agvocate's Perspective

Written by Aaron Vipond

As many of you know, over the past 15 years corn acres have been rapidly expanding, especially in the northern crop regions of the United States and Canada. This expansion is helping to keep Minnesota the fourth largest corn producing state after Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

Today, in my home county of Mahnomen, Minn., located in the northwestern portion of the state, the USDA estimates that corn production has moved close to 5 million bushels.

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Ethanol is not subsidized by taxpayers

“The only problem I have with ethanol is that it’s subsidized by the government!”

“Why take the people’s tax money and hand it to a few corporate faremers (sic) & refiners?”¬†

“Let’ look at the damage caused by subsidizing ethanol.”

These are actual reader comments on recent newspaper stories that focus on ethanol. If the topic of ethanol comes up among friends or family members,

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Deadlines announced for Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council elections

Elections are fast approaching for the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).

Ballots for the upcoming elections will be mailed on March 18, 2014 to farmers who voted in last year’s election. If you did not vote last year, you have until Feb. 6, 2014 to request a ballot from the MCR&PC office or from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Completed ballots must be returned and postmarked no later than April 3.

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Congressman Tim Walz: "The RFS is working, and the EPA needs to get out of the way"

With damaging cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) looming, Congressman Tim Walz visited POET Biorefining in Lake Crystal on Monday morning to talk about ethanol’s impact on the area’s economy.

POET employs about 44 people in the Lake Crystal area, consumes 20 million bushels of corn and produces 56 million gallons of ethanol annually. Those numbers will shrink if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the oil industry gets its way and slashes the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

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Register for MN Ag EXPO today!

It’s baaaaaack!

MN Ag EXPO 2014 is set to take place on Jan. 8-9 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Every year, Minnesota’s corn and soybean farmers come together for two days of valuable networking, educational opportunities, and yes, even a little bit of fun.

This year’s trade show will feature more than 80 exhibitors displaying products and information that can make you a better farmer.

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