Frustrating spring for farmers in Northern Minnesota

By Aaron Vipond, MCGA Agvocate

You wake up in the morning, look at forecast, and think to yourself – rain again.

This seems to be the rule this spring for farmers in Northern Minnesota and not the exception. As many around the state have experienced it, it has been a very frustrating spring for planting, especially up here in Northern Minnesota. Mother nature just simply has not been cooperating this year,

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The opportunities are endless with a degree in agriculture.

By Kevin Welter, MCGA Agvocate

Friday, May 16 was the graduation ceremony for the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Fellow Agvocate Nick Peterson and I walked for graduation this spring.  

Nick graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Plant Science with soil science minor. He has already started working full-time for AgReliant Genetics. As for me,

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EWG recycles a bunch of ethanol myths, calls it a "study"

What do you get when Big Oil and corporate activists team up to attack farmers and consumers?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and its new (*ahem*), “study” bashing ethanol and corn farmers.

The (*cough*) “study” comes out just as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to issue a final ruling on its proposal to slash the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply as called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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MCGA’s Tasseldega Nights Brings Free Racing to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway

Tasseldega NightsThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is bringing free racing to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway this summer through a new ethanol-fueled promotion called “Tasseldega Nights.”

Race fans receive free admission to Elko Speedway on June 7 and Deer Creek Speedway on July 19. Once inside the track, fans will have an opportunity to win a 4-pack of tickets and pit passes to the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug.

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Report: EPA to scale back proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard

A report from Reuters citing industry sources says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will partially backtrack on drastic cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) it proposed in November.

The original RFS reduction proposal would have cut the target for the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons in 2014. The Reuters report says that the final number will likely be 13.6 billion.

From the Reuters story:

The EPA shocked biofuel supporters in November with a draft rule that slashed federal requirements for biofuel use in gasoline and diesel.

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