Category: Biotechnology

Researchers seek triple win with refinement of DDGS

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With a few small changes to improve the nutritional profile of distillers grains, also known as DDGS, research scientists at the University of Minnesota hope to deliver a triple win.

A mid-protein, high-phosphorus animal feed, distillers grains are an ethanol co-product made from corn after fermentation. The enriched distillers grain these researchers hope to produce would deliver more nutrition, offer another co-product to increase profits for ethanol makers,

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Explore latest in food, ag, science at UMN Classes Without Quizzes

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Ever wonder what keeps a seed scientist up at night? While they toss and turn, they can’t stop thinking, ‘Will these two promising inbreds cross nicely and become a high-performing hybrid? And when we have a prizewinner, how will it do in different soils? In rainier or drier places?’

There’s a reason it takes years to develop a new corn variety.

Prof. Candy Hirsch will take a group of interested lay people on a one-hour tour through the ins and outs of corn inbreds and hybrids,

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Commodity Classic 2017

Commodity Classic 2017 draws thousands

Commodity Classic 2017 is well underway this week in San Antonio. The annual event, held March 2-4 this year, is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention bringing together the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for meetings and more.

The show attendance for 2017 is estimated to be at more than 9,000 individuals, with at least 4,000 of those attendees being farmers.

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Keynote panel at MN Ag EXPO 2017

Agribusiness leaders consider trend towards mergers and impact on farmers

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Mergers among agribusinesses, like the consolidation of acres into larger farms, is a trend with pros and cons according to some leading figures in agribusiness. And it’s a trend that will remain a powerful economic force in the agricultural world.

“We are a trend following a trend,” says Steve Koep, the lead principal at a new Minneapolis-based business consulting firm, Clutch Performance, a go-to-market consulting and training group.

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Minnesota Harvest

Klobuchar’s office to host public forums as part of Farm Bill Tour

On Monday, January 23, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will kick off her Farm Bill Tour. Klobuchar’s staff will join with Minnesota agriculture leaders – including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson – to gather input from Minnesotans on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill. Over the two-day tour, Klobuchar’s office will host forums open to the public in six counties across Minnesota. The forums are free and open to the public. Growers are encouraged to attend.

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MN Ag EXPO

Pre-register now for MN Ag EXPO 2017

We’re less than one month away from MN Ag EXPO 2017!

MN Ag EXPO, January 25-26 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, is the premiere winter event for Minnesota farmers. Planned and coordinated by Minnesota’s corn and soybean organizations, MN Ag EXPO 2017 is shaping up to be better than ever.

Whether you’re new to MN Ag EXPO or attend every single year, here are some things to know about the 2017 event:

Pre-register online.

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Kristie Swenson

CommonGround volunteers talk advanced plant breeding techniques

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With great precision, advanced plant breeding techniques with acronyms like CRISPR, CRISPR-Cas, and TALEN, will more reliably produce the food consumers are looking for and, at the same time, help farmers conserve natural resources, reduce impacts on the environment, and plant crops with a greater assurance that what they plant will grow to maturity and be gathered at harvest time.

A small group of CommonGround volunteers from across the U.S.

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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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Food and farming questions answered at "Field to Fork" event

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

She came to the farm Tuesday night with a lot of appreciation for what farmers do, but also with some burning questions.

Barb Schank, the school nutrition director for Waconia Independent School District, feeds 4,000 kids every school day, and she wants to know what’s in the pork products her students eat.

Wanda Patsche, a corn and soybean farmer and a hog producer,

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What I learned from an organic farmer

Written by Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke, Minnesota Corn Growers Association intern

Organic farming gets a lot of attention, both good and bad. As someone who comes from a traditional farming background with genetically modified crops and pesticides, I am usually quick on the defensive when it comes to a discussion around organics.

My eyes were opened by Carolyn Olson and Emily Zweber at the CommonGround volunteer training on June 24, at the Minnesota Corn office in Shakopee.

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