Category: New Uses

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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Could an ethanol by-product be the next big thing in food?

Food, feed, fiber, fuel and…cookies?

Minnesota’s corn farmers take great pride in growing the first four items on that list. But cookies? That’s not something that comes to mind when thinking about corn farming.

However, thanks to funding support from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Dr. Padmanaban Krishnan at South Dakota State University is working on a project that adds food-grade distiller’s dried grains (DDG) to baked foods like cookies,

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Minnesota Corn farmers proud of ethanol investments

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has a long-standing tradition of supporting our state’s pioneering ethanol industry. That support continues today and is highlighted in a new 6-page publication that focuses on ethanol and co-product projects backed by Minnesota’s corn farmers.

Since 2008, Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested $18 million to build ethanol infrastructure, support groundbreaking biofuels research, and develop and improve co-products from the biofuels-making process.

“From the very beginning,

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Chinese corn and DDG team coming to Minnesota

The itinerary for a Chinese corn and dried distillers grain (DDG) team in the United States for the 2014 Export Exchange includes two days in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association has arranged for the team to visit a Minnesota corn farm, feed mill, transloading facility, river shipping terminal and a DDG marketer. Team members include several large grains buyers who have done business with Minnesota producers in the past.

Check back next week for photos and a full story about the Chinese team’s time in Minnesota.

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Corn-fed research: New publication highlights corn farmers' support for beef initiatives

Yes, it’s called the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, but its investments and support provide a boost for all of agriculture.

Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested nearly $3 million in research and programs that improve and support the production of beef livestock. These investments are highlighted by MCGA in a new publication titled “Minnesota Corn Growers Association Beef Initiatives.”

“Cattle farmers are one of our largest customers,”

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University of Minnesota study shows reduced-fat distillers performs on par with full-fat product

The removal of oil from distillers grains, as another way to add revenue to ethanol production, has become near universal in the ethanol industry.

The change has raised questions about the impact on the distillers grains product for beef producers — the main consumers of distillers grains. Researchers with the University of Minnesota Beef Team have stepped up to look at the question and have found solid evidence that reduced-fat distillers grains perform just as well in terms of weight gain and other performance indicators.

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Brrrrrr! Morocco trade team warms up at Minnesota corn farms, ethanol plant

The temperature in Morocco was around 65 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday. Here in Minnesota, temperatures struggled to stay above zero as icy winds gusted up to 15 miles-per-hour.

The frigid conditions and drastic temperature difference didn’t stop a Moroccan trade team from learning more about homegrown ethanol and Minnesota corn farming, though. A delegation that included representatives from three major feed companies in Morocco stopped by Feltis Farms in Stewartville, the Guardian Energy ethanol facility in Janesville and Jerry Demmer’s corn and soybean farm in Clarks Grove.

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