Category: Advocacy + Education

Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler’s farm near Lake Wilson at a recent field day event.

MCGA’s newest board member is a soil health innovator

Bryan Biegler, a farmer in Lake Wilson, Minn., has been appointed to an at-large position on the board of directors of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Biegler has been farming for the past 25 years. He replaces Tim Wiersma on the MCGA board, who resigned due to other commitments, and will be up for election in January.

Four years ago, responding to problems with soil erosion on the land he was working,

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MCGA: We will become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the U.S.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced today its intentions to implement an ambitious set of initiatives with the goal of making Minnesota corn farmers the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the United States.

In making the announcement, MCGA President Harold Wolle said: “This is a grassroots, farmer-driven effort that addresses values shared by both farmers and non-farmers. It’s a lofty goal. But we believe the approximately 25,000 corn farmers MCGA represents are already making great strides in achieving it.

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Vietnam DDGS inspection team tours Minnesota farm and ethanol plant

A group of 13 trade delegates from Vietnam recently visited the farm of Harold Wolle in St. James, Minn., and the Poet Biorefining ethanol plant in Lake Crystal as part of a weeklong fact-finding tour. The group was impressed by the productivity of American farmers and agribusinesses, and they were reassured by seeing firsthand the quality of their products.

A major objective of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), which helped organize the trade mission,

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$1.1 Million grant funds farmer-driven water quality research

Farmers believe that raising food efficiently goes hand in hand with taking good care of the soil and the water.

The farmer-funded Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) has received its first major grant from an outside organization— a $1.1 million grant to fund a project called “Developing Diagnostics to Improve Water Quality and Soil Health on Tile Drained Lands in Minnesota and Wisconsin.” The money comes from USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Coborn’s/‘Lil Dukes celebrates E15 with promotional events

A steady stream of customers pulled off the road from their afternoon commute on last Monday and drove up to the pumps at the Coborn’s/’Lil Dukes fueling station in Hastings to save money on ethanol-blended fuels.

Clean air experts from American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and Minnesota Corn Growers Association, answered motorists’ questions and asked them to fill out a survey to find out their attitudes about ethanol and where it fits in to their driving.

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MCGA partners with Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for Fall Harvest Festival

When people think of fall, sights and sounds that come to mind are colorful leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, and corn ready for harvest. The Fall Harvest season at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum combines all of those into a great, family-friendly event on Oct. 2. This event is free with the purchase of a general admission ticket to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is a sponsor of the Arboretum Fall Harvest Season,

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Farmers foster soil health to fight wind erosion

Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler's farm near Lake Wilson.

Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler’s farm near Lake Wilson.

On Thursday, despite rain and the threat of thunder, a group of farmers crowded around a pit dug in the midst of row crops almost ready to harvest. They were eager to hear about techniques to assure the health of the soil on their farms for generations to come.

Two soil experts pointed out the layer-cake quality and texture found in healthy soil.

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TC Road Crew brings the corn to Open Streets

Open Streets Minneapolis was back with a bang in 2016. This community event is an expanded version of a block party, where the City of Minneapolis blocks off a number of blocks and encourages community members to come out and celebrate summer together. This year there is a total of eight events, and the Twin Cities Road Crew, sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, attended two.

On Sunday, Sept.

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Coborn's celebrates clean air with ethanol fuel savings

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Coborn’s wants the more than 80 percent of drivers out there who could be using E15 to know about the latest clean fuel choice.

The St. Cloud-based grocery chain will offer discounts on ethanol-blends at its fueling stations on a series of dates in late September — the more ethanol, the higher the discount: 15 cents per gallon off E15, 30 cents off E30 and 85 cents off E85.

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‘Pink Out’ raises funds for cancer relief organization, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Locally owned, independent Minnoco Fueling stations are promoting Unleaded Plus —  a blend of 15 percent ethanol also known as E15 — while raising funds for a local cancer relief organization. These independent business owners consider it a perfect fit because ethanol displaces cancer-causing components of gasoline like benzene.

“We’re local and Hope Chest is a local organization, so these funds from our ‘Pink Out’ promotion are helping our friends and neighbors,” said Lance Klatt,

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