Students tackle ag issues in 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The fourth-annual 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge, most recently held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in mid-June, is a competition featuring teams of junior high and high school students tasked with finding solutions for important issues facing agriculture today.

This year’s winners, three young women from Beltrami County, developed a curriculum for teaching students in grades three through five about the science and the value of GMO food crops.

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‘Field To Fork’ Blogger Bash connects farmers, foodies

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Last week, CommonGround Minnesota held it’s annual “Field To Fork” Blogger Bash, inviting Twin Cities bloggers and foodies to Wolf Creek Dairy near Dundas for an evening of conversation about food and farming.

Guests toured the farm and used the power of social media to bring their fans along as they learned about modern agriculture. For example, those following along online learned that it takes a mere 48 hours from the time the cows are milked,

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MCGA partners with WCCO to bring Farmfest Gubernatorial Candidate Forum to statewide audience

Candidates to be the next governor of Minnesota will make the trip to Gilfillian Estates on Wednesday, Aug. 8, for the Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidate Forum. Sponsored by the IDEAg Group, the forum is scheduled for 10:30-11:50 a.m. in the Wick Building on the Farmfest grounds and will be broadcast live by WCCO News Radio.

As the official broadcast partner of WCCO’s live coverage from Farmfest, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) looks forward to the opportunity to raise awareness about the issues impacting Minnesota agriculture.

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2019 biofuels remain at 15 billion gallons, failing to address EPA actions

As part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) today, calling for maintaining the same level of conventional biofuels as the last two years.

The minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in 2019 was 19.88 billion gallons. Conventional biofuels will remain at 15 billion gallons of that total next year. Advanced and cellulosic biofuels,

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Early results indicate corn could feed surging shrimp industry

While 1.6 billion pounds of shrimp is consumed annually in the United States, 80 percent of its supply is imported. Balaton-based trū Shrimp is looking to change that by growing healthy shrimp in southwestern Minnesota, and it is researching corn as its main food source.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association, under the direction of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, is working with trū Shrimp researchers to explore corn as a cost-efficient and nutritious feed for its growing shrimp.

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