Category: New Uses

Ethanol-fueled “Tasseldega Nights” coming to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway

For the third consecutive year, racing fans at Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway will receive free admission during “Tasseldega Nights,” a special family event brought to you by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to promote clean, renewable, homegrown ethanol fuel.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on June 4 at Elko Speedway. On July 16 at Deer Creek Speedway near Rochester, pit gates open at 2 p.m.,

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Fueling the truth: Taking down ethanol haters myth by misguided myth

If you have a friend who remains skeptical about ethanol’s air quality benefits, or you know a local mechanic who clings to the belief that ethanol damages engines, you’ll want to send them to FuelingTheTruth.com.

The new website from the Urban Air Initiative cuts through all the myths, misinformation and confusion put out there by ethanol’s critics and gets right down to the facts.

You want videos?

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Reduced-fat distillers grains…a new way to grow a dairy heifer

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Research sponsored by Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCRPC) and Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) indicates rations high in reduced-fat distillers grains (the high protein ethanol co-product) fill the bill as a feed for young dairy heifers. It’s economical, it’s efficient,
and dairy producers end up with a sturdy, lean replacement heifer.

Jill Anderson, a dairy scientist at South Dakota State University,

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Minnesota Corn Growers announce Conservation Innovation Grant recipients

MNcorn_PMSWith a boost from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) new Conservation Innovation Grant program, five farmers will be implementing a new conservation practice to better manage nitrogen fertilizer and protect water quality on their farms this growing season. Another Minnesota farmer is receiving funding to host a field day and showcase existing conservation efforts to other area farmers.

A total of $39,000 was awarded to help farmers 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,

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Our View: The small engine industry needs to change with the times

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which represents the small engine industry, just released their annual survey results concerning consumer knowledge of small engine fuel options. Based upon the results of the survey, corn farmers and small engine manufacturers can agree that consumers need and deserve more information about today’s fuel options. We know from our own consumer research that consumers are hungry for information about the positive effects of ethanol blended fuels.

Further,

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Ethanol Update: The RFS, ethanol's economic impact, oil subsidies and more

It’s been a while since we’ve updated everyone on the happenings in the world of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol. So, we’ll forgo the chit-chat and get right into the update.

Reform instead of repeal?
It looks like “Big Oil” is shifting it’s strategy from trying to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to reforming it. However, part of those “reforms” include repealing the corn ethanol portion of the RFS.

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Farmers Head to East Asia to tout U.S. Grains, Feed and Fuel

U.S. Grains Councilby Jonathan Eisenthal

A delegation of eleven U.S. farmers headed out Monday on a week long trade mission, organized by the U.S. Grains Council, to meet with agribusiness leaders in China and the Philippines. Their goal is to expand our markets for corn, barley, sorghum, distillers’ grains and ethanol.

Jerry Demmer, a farmer in Clarks Grove, Minnesota, takes part in the mission in his role as secretary of Minnesota Corn Research &

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MCGA farmer-leader participates in trade mission to Mexico

Dan Root, a Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board member, recently spent a week in Mexico with Gov. Mark Dayton meeting with agriculture, trade and manufacturing leaders in Mexico City and Guadalajara.

“Minnesota agriculture was well-represented as a whole,” Root said. “There are a lot of opportunities down there.”

Also included in the 45-member delegation with Root were representatives from the Minnesota Soybean Growers, Minnesota Soybean Processors, Minnesota Pork Producers, Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Congressman Tom Emmer.

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VIDEO: A researcher is working on using a popular ethanol by-product in human foods

When a 56-pound bushel of corn is made into ethanol, we get nearly 3 pounds of fuel for our vehicles and 18 pounds of high-protein feed most commonly used for livestock.

Yes, you read that right: the ethanol-making process results in fuel and food. That’s why corn farmers and biofuels supporters shake their heads in exasperation when the oil industry and other ethanol detractors attempt to tear down ethanol using the long disproven food vs.

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Provider Pals connects farmers with classrooms in the Twin Cities

As Dan Erickson started talking about day-to-day life on his corn, soybean and livestock family farm near Alden, Minn., it didn’t take long for hands to start raising.

“How long does it take you to plant corn?”

“Where do the cobs end up after they go through the combine?”

“How do you know when one of your cows is sick?”

“How do you make your money?”

“Where do you take the corn you don’t feed to your cows?”

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