Category: Ethanol

Partnerships will help Minnesota corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the U.S.

Written by Zach Fore

Part of the appeal of corn farming is the independence it offers. You are your own boss, using a combination of science, skill, gut feeling and a little bit of luck to grow a crop every year and (hopefully) turn a profit.

But corn farmers can’t do it all on their own. Finding the right partners is key to helping corn farmers improve their own operations,

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Guardian Energy, Janesville, Minnesota

Developing new markets will help MN corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the U.S.

Written by Jerry Demmer

Did you know that corn is an ingredient in more than 4,000 consumer products? Or that every gallon of regular unleaded fuel you put in your vehicle contains 10 percent ethanol made from corn?

Yes, corn is used for more than just feeding livestock. It touches our lives in many ways, whether we’re brushing our teeth (corn is an ingredient in tooth paste), going for a run (the soles of tennis shoes include corn),

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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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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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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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Shakopee station owner thrives by offering drivers more ethanol choices

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Hennen family has owned a service station in Shakopee since 1958, when Joel Hennen’s grandfather opened their first store. A crew of men in white uniforms and billed caps hopped out to the car the instant it pulled into the station, ready to ‘fill ‘er up.’

Joel still likes to help his customers fuel up, but now it gives him an opportunity to talk about the benefits of driving with ethanol fuel —

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Homegrown E15 fuel catching on with consumers

Fall in Minnesota means the leaves changing color, farmers harvesting their fields, comfortable weather and kids going back to school. It also means the return of E15 fuel – a cleaner-burning blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline approved for use in vehicles 2001 and newer.

The benefits of using E15 include:

  • Cleaner air. According to a recent study by the Energy Resources Center, if just seven states switched to using E15 exclusively,

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MCGA invites farmers to attend district meetings

MCGAThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be hosting six District Meetings around the state this fall. These meetings are free and open to all farmers.

The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for farmers to become better acquainted with recent activities of MCGA, as well as hear about what lies ahead for agriculture in Minnesota. There will also be a question and answer session with state MCGA staff and farmer leaders.

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MCGA wraps up another great year at Farmfest

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmfest, the largest outdoor farm show in Minnesota, wrapped up its three-day 2016 show last Thursday. Once again there was a strong presence by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

On Tuesday, MCGA sponsored “Ag Innovation Day,” which featured panel discussions, as well as a presentation by Minnesota 4-H student teams. These teams were some of the top finishers in 4-H’s Science of Agriculture challenge.

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