Category: New Uses

Future of corn-based plastics showcased at EXPO

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Advances in chemistry and chemical engineering continue to offer paths for replacing petroleum with corn as a feedstock for plastics. By using a renewable source (corn) instead its oil-based counterpart, the research could reduce the environmental impact of plastic, both in the making and its disposal.

At 2019 MN Ag EXPO in Mankato, researchers with the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers showed off the intriguing results of scientific work supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Corn Research &

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Leading researchers to showcase work at MN Ag EXPO

Leading researchers return to MN Ag EXPO this week to showcase their projects bringing new levels of innovation to modern farm practices and expanding markets for corn. Attendees will be able to speak with researchers leading each corn checkoff-funded project at the Research Center, located on the second floor of the Verizon Center.

On Wednesday, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) will be in attendance to share exciting research that could bring corn to previously unthinkable markets.

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Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council now accepting research proposals via online portal

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) is now accepting research proposals related to corn production and stewardship, and expanded uses for corn. From research focused on soil fertility and nutrient management to new product developments utilizing corn, MCR&PC will be looking for proposals that bring an economic benefit to the state’s corn growers and improve their sustainability.

Unlike past Request for Proposals (RFP) periods, proposals will only be accepted online. Those interested must submit their online proposal by Dec.

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Scholarship awarded to young student changing how plastics are made

Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) Undergraduate Researcher Sarah Claessens is the recipient of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Summer Research Fellowship, awarded to a student who has helped advance CSP’s mission to transform how plastics are made.

Claessens, a senior at Gustavus Adolphus majoring in chemistry, received the $2,500 scholarship following her participating in CSP’s summer undergraduate research program. She applied to the program out of a longstanding interest in tackling plastic pollution.

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Minnesota corn growers foster innovation

For Minnesotans removed from agriculture, the sprawling fields and traditional red barn visible from the interstate may be their idea of modern farming. The reality is today’s farmers are bringing previously unthinkable levels of innovation to their craft.

Minnesota’s corn farmers are on the forefront of agricultural evolution. Through their investment in the corn check-off, the state’s corn growers devote more than $4 million annually in research that shapes the future of agriculture and the way we use agricultural products.

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Early results indicate corn could feed surging shrimp industry

While 1.6 billion pounds of shrimp is consumed annually in the United States, 80 percent of its supply is imported. Balaton-based trū Shrimp is looking to change that by growing healthy shrimp in southwestern Minnesota, and it is researching corn as its main food source.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association, under the direction of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, is working with trū Shrimp researchers to explore corn as a cost-efficient and nutritious feed for its growing shrimp.

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Bioincentive Program encourages expanding the uses of corn

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

By investing in expanding the uses of corn, Minnesota’s corn growers have made products more environmentally friendly by replacing fossil fuels with corn. The incentive program that will help launch these advanced renewables industries in Minnesota is the Bioincentive Program, put in place by the state Legislature in 2015.

Modeled on the very successful (now retired) Ethanol Producers’ Credit, the Bioincentive Program rewards commercial-scale production of advanced biofuels,

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Corn-based plastics have a future in refrigeration

Global appliance provider Electolux recently unveiled a refrigerator prototype that replaces conventional plastics with bioplastic in all of its visible parts. The company is the latest to replace oil-based plastics with plastic made from renewable sources like corn.

The emergence of bioplastics has become an encouraging trend for the nation’s corn farmers. Companies like Electrolux have explored incorporating bioplastics into their products for their environmental benefit. The refrigerator prototype has 80-percent lower CO2 equivalent emissions compared to the conventional plastic used in current fridges.

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Setting the stage for profitability: Increasing corn demand

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that. You can read the series to date here.

Today’s farmers are becoming more efficient to reduce costs on the farm,

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MCGA to show how “MN Corn Grows MN” at Ag EXPO

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will yet again have a large presence at MN Ag EXPO 2018, held in Mankato Jan. 24-25 at the Verizon Wireless Center. Located in booth 47, MCGA will be telling the many stories of how “MN Corn Grows MN.”

Introduced at Farmfest in August, the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign was launched to build awareness around the many ways the state’s corn sector benefits all Minnesotans.

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