Category: Biotechnology

CommonGround connects farming and non-farming women

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

This is part one of a two-part series highlighting CommonGround, a program supported by Minnesota’s corn and soybean farmers. Look for part two on Wednesday.


As the snow arrived this week, cattle rancher Rachel Gray got busy making sure her herd was “tucked in.”

“We just started getting snow last night,” Gray said Sunday evening from her home near Blackduck,

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How can agriculture boost consumer trust?

At last week’s annual Agri-Growth Conference, Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, began his presentation with this positive declaration:

“Today, food is safer, more affordable and more available than ever before.”

This statement was immediately followed by another that wasn’t so positive:

“Yet the very systems that made that happen are questioned more than ever before. Why?” he asked.

Those of us who farm and/or work in agriculture often wonder the same thing.

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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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