Getting to know MCGA's new farmer-leaders

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In recent elections, farmers Kirby Hettver, Paul Henning and Tim Wiersma were elected to serve on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors.

Hettver, 39, farms with his brothers in Chippewa County on a farm that has been in his family since 1902. Hettver and his brothers are fifth-generation farmers and grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 1,600 acres.

The brothers also have a seed business combined with custom planting and harvesting,

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U.S. Senate approves farm bill, sends to President Obama for signature

By a vote of 68-32, the U.S. Senate approved a new five-year farm bill on Tuesday afternoon. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law later this week.

Both Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, voted to pass the farm bill.

In a statement released shortly after the vote, Klobuchar said, “As a member of the Farm Bill conference committee,

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EPA administrator hints about changes to Renewable Fuel Standard proposal

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy dropped a few hints yesterday that changes could be coming to its proposal to slash the RFS, which would reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

“I have heard loud and clear that you don’t think we hit that right,” McCarthy told a crowd of about 100 people at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture winter conference in Reston,

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Agriculture in China: A student's perspective

By Kevin Welter

I met with my college advisor my sophomore year, and I recall her asking me if I had ever thought of studying abroad. I responded that I had never considered it. She promptly informed me of a two-week agriculture-focused study abroad trip to China in May 2013. It fulfilled a requirement to graduate, and I knew that a friend was already planning on participating as well. That was enough for me to decide to sign up,

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How a record corn crop makes for a better Super Bowl

As if growing the food, fiber, feed and fuel to meet the needs of a growing world population wasn’t enough, corn farmers are also making an impact on this Sunday’s Super Bowl.

When the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, millions of Americans will plop down on their couches or at their favorite pub to watch the game and enjoy time with family and friends.

They will also be eating chicken wings,

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