Category: New Uses

Becoming the most environmentally responsible farmers

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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The next value-added market for Minnesota corn? Shrimp!

trū® Shrimp Systems, in the southwestern Minnesota town of Balaton, hopes to become the premier supplier of fresh shrimp to the United States. With their innovative technology, the world is their oyster — success here could open the door to the 1.6-billion-pound demand for shrimp in the United States.

It’s a billion-pound market and it’s a space corn producers have never been in before. Thanks to a grant from Minnesota Corn Research &

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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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MCGA offering conservation innovation grants for the second year

Minnesota corn farmers will once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) Innovation Grant Program. Proposals on how to better manage nitrogen, protect water quality, or compare farming measuring tools are being accepted through Dec. 15, 2016.

MCGA, working alongside the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC), is offering a total of $255,000 in Innovation Grants to any Minnesota corn farmer seeking to test or develop an innovative or best practice in the following areas:

  • Nitrate loss reduction
  • Improved nitrogen management practices for Minnesota soils
  • Maintaining or improving water quality
  • Innovative soil conservation practices,

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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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Al-Corn celebrates 20 years of operation

by Jonathan Eisenthal 

The Claremont Minnesota ethanol plant, Al-Corn Clean Fuel, celebrated its 20th anniversary this August. Al-Corn makes a million gallons of ethanol, 2.5 tons of distillers grains animal feed, and 170,000 pounds of corn oil every week. In the first quarter of this year, it processed 4.4 million bushels of corn and the plant had close to zero downtime. 

“Al-Corn Clean Fuel really is the story of ethanol,” says Bob Dineen,

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Minnesota Corn will be well-represented at Farmfest 2016

FamFest 2016The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will once again have a strong presence at Farmfest 2016, which will be held next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Gillfillan Estate, near Morgan.

Visitors can stop by the MCGA tent on the corner of Seed Road and Seventh Street to renew their association membership (or become a new member), learn more about MCGA’s 2016 Innovation Grant recipients, ask questions about the MCGA-sponsored Nitrogen Smart program,

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Innovation on display at Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge

The next generation of agricultural innovators were on full display at last week’s Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.

A total of 14 teams participated in this year’s Challenge, which is a first-of-its-kind program created by the University of Minnesota Extension that encourages teams of youth to develop solutions to common problems facing today’s farmers. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is a proud supporter of the Challenge.

First place went to The Hot Shots from Dakota County for a project titled “Infiniheat.”

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Your typical corn, beans…and grapes farm

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

When Jon Roisen gave up his farrow/feed hog operation around the turn of the 21st century, he felt a bit of a void. He and his son Aaron were leafing through an AURI publication celebrating the relatively new cold-hardy wine grape variety, pioneered by University of Minnesota, called Frontenac.

They looked at each other and said yes to wine grapes.

Aaron went to New Zealand to learn oenology and the art of being a vintner,

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Study: Corn exports add $74.7 billion to the U.S. economy

Exporting corn and corn products doesn’t just help improve a farmer’s bottom line, it provides a jolt to the entire U.S. economy. A new study from Informa Economics concluded that the export of U.S. corn and corn products generated $74.7 billion in annual economic output in 2014.

Sales of all U.S. grain feed products contributed $82 billion. The U.S. gross domestic product was boosted by $29.8 billion thanks to the export of corn and corn co-products.

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