Category: Advocacy + Education

Drivers in Polk County fill up on ethanol

The cars started lining up even before the discount officially started.

A total of 75 motorists filled their tanks with almost 1,400 gallons of ethanol-blended fuel at the Crookston Fuel and Ampride in Polk County on March 27. Drivers who filled up with E85 received 85 cents off per gallon. Those who filled up with E20, E30 or E50 got 50 cents off per gallon.

When all was said and done,

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Students: Here's why you should apply to become a MCGA "Agvocate"

Applications are being accepted through April 18 to become an “Agvocate” for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Agvocates receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used for qualified education expenses, and will develop leadership skills while receiving first-hand experience working on issues important to corn farmers and advocating for agriculture.

For more details, including application materials, click here.

If you’re enrolled in a two- or four-year post secondary education or training program,

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Stearns County farmers get details Minnesota's Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

Farmers in the Middle Sauk River watershed district in Stearns County got a firsthand look at Minnesota’s new Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) during two open house events this week.

The Middle Sauk is one of four pilot areas selected to test and refine the voluntary program, which aims to increase on-farm conservation practices to protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Farmers who become certified and maintain approved management practices are assured that their farms meet Minnesota’s water quality goals and standards for 10 years.

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Future NBA superstar Ted Tassel debuts at halftime of Gophers basketball game

Watch out LeBron James. Prepare yourself Kevin Durant. Say your prayers and eat your vitamins Kobe Bryant.

The next great NBA basketball star is on the rise and his name is Ted Tassel.

Ted Tassel is almost 8 feet tall with a sweet jump shot and the ability to pop off the floor to block shots with ease. He also has

a tremendous ear for the game and a husky build that allows him to harvest points by the bushel.

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Record attendance at the Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference

Are you looking to buy a new SPAD chlorophyll meter? Are you wondering if you should sidedress apply N? Are nitrogen fertilizer management plans part of your daily reading?

Then you would have fit right in at the 5th annual Crop Nutrient Management Conference in Mankato on Tuesday. And if you’re not sure what a SPAD chlorophyll meter is and have never picked up a nitrogen fertilizer management plan, you still would have fit right in.

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Information on corn, soybeans added to small grains update meetings in Northwest Minnesota

Blizzards, road closures, winter storms and wind chill warnings didn’t stop more than 400 farmers in Northwest Minnesota from attending a series of Small Grains Update meetings in mid-January. Minnesota grower associations representing corn, soybean and wheat braved the tricky roads and icy conditions to meet with growers at eight locations over four days to cover many important topics.

The meetings were held in conjunction with local crop improvement meetings and county soybean and corn grower association annual meetings.

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Another successful MN Ag EXPO comes to a close

Another year, another successful MN Ag EXPO has come and gone. Here are 900 words and a few pictures to try and bring you up to speed on what went down at EXPO Jan. 8-9 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

If you’re not satisfied with our summary, then come out and see MN Ag EXPO for yourself in 2015! It’s free to attend. It’s awesome. And you’ll be a better farmer by the time you leave.

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University of Minnesota study shows reduced-fat distillers performs on par with full-fat product

The removal of oil from distillers grains, as another way to add revenue to ethanol production, has become near universal in the ethanol industry.

The change has raised questions about the impact on the distillers grains product for beef producers — the main consumers of distillers grains. Researchers with the University of Minnesota Beef Team have stepped up to look at the question and have found solid evidence that reduced-fat distillers grains perform just as well in terms of weight gain and other performance indicators.

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Cover crops get some northern exposure

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and University of Minnesota Extension recently hosted a field day at a 12-acre plot with different varieties of cover crops sown into corn and soybean fields near Roscoe, Minn. About 50 attendees — farmers, conservationists and educators — came on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to hear the experts talk about how cover crops really can work in Minnesota, and how they invigorate soil biology,

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Finding My Way to CommonGround

Written by Kristie Swenson

An uneventful 6th-grade sleepover turned into a defining moment in my life: my passion for agricultural literacy was ignited.  I grew up on a farm 13 miles from the nearest town, and when my friends and I went to feed our cattle, my friend, Sara, asked, “So, those are cows… right?”

I was shocked that Sara, who lived in a rural town (of which agriculture was,

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