Category: Biotechnology

Straight-to-the-field "harvest meals" a hit with busy farmers

Harvest season is to farmers what Black Friday is to retail stores: Long hours, high stress and a lot of things that need to get done in a short amount of time.

But unlike Black Friday, the chaos of harvest season lasts much longer than one day (or a Midnight sale).

Farmers start their days well before the sun rises and aren’t finished until long after the sun sets during harvest.

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What Jimmy Kimmel can teach us about GMOs

GMO cornA misleading Consumer Reports piece has put GMOs in the news this week.

One of the many inaccuracies in the Consumer Reports piece is that GMOs are not tested before being used in your food. Of course, that statement couldn’t be further from the truth.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency are mandated to test all GMOs before approval. It is not mandatory that the Food &

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Don't blame ethanol for that expensive hot dog

It’s a point that’s been made often in this space over the last couple of months, but it’s worth repeating.

While corn prices continue to plummet, food prices keep going up. And the food vs. fuel crowd is silent.

These latest numbers come from the Commerce Department: Over the last year, food prices have increased 2.2 percent.That’s the largest annual gain since June of 2012.

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Improvements will help Oliver Kelley farm tell the story of farming

written by Jonathan Eisenthal 

With a $10.5 million appropriation from the 2014 bonding bill, the 1870 Oliver H. Kelley farm can afford its first major expansion in 30 years.

The expansion will include a new visitor’s center, farm buildings, two updated classrooms, a community room, a kitchen classroom and and an all-season picnic shelter. The improvements, scheduled to be finished in May 2016, are aimed at better serving the huge volume of visitors to Minnesota’s unique farm historic site.

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New column from MCGA President addresses food vs. fuel "debate"

The most recent “Corn Views” column from Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Ryan Buck appeared in the business section of Monday’s Star Tribune.

President Buck’s latest column covered the food vs. fuel “debate.” The word “debate” is in quotation marks because, at this point, it’s obvious that food vs. fuel is no longer a “debate,” more like a myth manufactured by ethanol’s detractors that has been debunked time and time again.

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Find out where Minnesota legislative candidates stand on food and farm issues

As election day on Nov. 4 gets closer, do you have questions about where candidates for Minnesota office stand on food and farm issues?

Most Minnesotans understand the important role farming plays in both our economy and our everyday lives. But sometimes ag-related issues can be overshadowed by other political hot-button items as races heat up.

That’s why the Minnesota Corn Growers Association has aligned with a Greater Minnesota (AGM).

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FREE corn ice cream at the Minnesota Food Truck Fair on Sunday

Corn is CoolGet ready, Uptown Minneapolis. The Corn Growers are coming to the Minnesota Food Truck Fair this Sunday and they’re bringing FREE corn ice cream.

Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the Minnesota Food Truck Fair, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 over a three-block stretch covering Hennepin Ave. South, Holmes Ave. South and 31st St. in Uptown Minneapolis.

It’s the perfect opportunity for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to bring a positive message about farming and homegrown ethanol to an audience of food-loving non-farmers in the Twin Cities metro area.

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The many uses for corn on a family cattle and dairy farm

By Andrea Tomschin, MCGA Agvocate

My family and I have about 25 beef cows and grow 120 acres of corn and soybeans on our farm near Alden, Minnesota.

Growing up I have always had a passion for raising and showing beef cattle, and although we both raise cattle and crop farm, I have always thought that our cattle was what made our farm successful each year. After talking with my parents,

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Corn prices are down, food prices are up

One of the main talking points of the anti-ethanol crowd centers on the myth that using corn for ethanol drives up corn prices and makes our food more expensive.

A recent story in the Wall St. Journal noted that federal forecasters estimate retail food prices will rise as much as 3.5 percent this year. Those prices are going up despite the fact that we’re continuing to produce a lot of ethanol,

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Dietitian responds to anti-GMO story in Rochester Post Bulletin

The Rochester Post Bulletin had a story in its March 3 edition that contained several nuggets of misinformation about biotechnology and genetically modified foods (GMOs) from the story’s subject, Jeff Litterell. A few examples:

  • According to Littrell, those genetic changes in foods make them less nutritious and can lead to illnesses in people who consume them.
  • There are no studies over 90 days that show the safety of GMOs.

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