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CommonGround Mom2Mom Feature: Cheryl Rude, RD

Written by Jen Haugen

What’s the difference between organic and conventional grown foods?  Is there a difference in food safety?  Nutrition?  These are real questions that pop up in our minds as we shop the supermarket aisles.  One day when I was working as a supermarket dietitian, a mom drove her grocery cart right over to me to ask for my recommendation on the best foods to be purchasing to keep her family safe from harm. 

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Involve farmers in the water quality conversation

Doug Albin

by Doug Albin

As a third-generation family farmer, I’ve been paying attention to agriculture water quality issues for a long time.

On my farm, like many other Minnesota farmers, I use common conservation practices like grass waterways and buffers. I was also one of the first farmers in Minnesota to install a saturated buffer, which protects waterways from nitrogen fertilizer and other nutrients that could run off my fields during heavy rains.

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Where does Minnesota corn go?

By Tim Rasmussen, MCGA Agvocate

My favorite season is wrapping up in Minnesota, corn fields are harvested and corn is being delivered to on-farm or off farm storage. My family farm is located in northwest Minnesota in Fergus Falls, MN (Ottertail County) and we recently completed an early plentiful corn harvest. As I was sitting in the seat of the combine some thoughts ran across my mind. Where will the corn be going next after harvest?

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Farmers: Take World Soil Day to Nurture Your Corner of the World

The Soil Health Partnership is commemorating World Soil Day by encouraging farmers to consider new ways to make their land healthier. World Soil Day, Dec. 5, celebrates the importance of soil as one of our most crucial natural resources.

“Soil health is critical to the future sustainability of our agricultural industry,” said Nick Goeser, SHP director. “We want to acknowledge this worldwide day by encouraging farmers at a local level to consider what steps they can take right now to improve their land.

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Minnesota awarded $8 million to invest in biofuel infrastructure

Minnesota is one of 21 states to receive grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP), receiving an award of $8 million. The state has matched this federal support with funding and in-kind contributions from a broad coalition that includes the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council (MCR&PC), the American Lung Association in Minnesota, the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, and Minnesota’s ethanol plants.

“Minnesota’s corn farmers are proud of their role in helping our state become a leader in homegrown biofuels,” said Doug Albin,

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Win a trip to see the Minnesota Gophers football team take on Iowa

As part of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) ongoing partnership with Gopher Sports, MCGA and the Gophers are sending one lucky winner and a friend to the Minnesota vs. Iowa football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Nov. 14.

All you have to do is answer a few corn and conservation questions. The winner will receive two tickets to the game, a hotel room, a $100 Visa gift card and a $200 fuel card.

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Corn Links: In defense of corn, the world's most important food crop

There’s some really good reading on corn, GMOs and the Renewable Fuel Standard in major media outlets today. Here is a summary of each story, along with links so you can read the entire piece:

  • Tamar Haspel, a food and science writer who won the 2015 James Beard Foundation award for best food column, has a 1,300 word opus about corn in Thursday’s Washington Post. She writes:

There’s a strong case (which I’m going to make) that field corn,

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Fellow farmers: Tell your story and meet growing consumer demand for information

Written by Kristie Swenson

Recently, I had one of the most intimidating experiences of my entire life: I did multiple live media interviews about agriculture.

Along with three other CommonGround volunteer farm women, I traveled to New York City to give TV and radio interviews about agriculture. During one of the interviews, we rattled off the eight GMO crops, and the interviewer was clearly surprised. “Wow,” he said. 

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Companies talk “big data” on MN Ag EXPO 2015 panel

Written by Maria Wingert, MCGA Agvocate

A panel of four professionals from agricultural technology companies shared the latest news in big data on the farm last month at the 2015 MN Ag EXPO.

Representatives from FarmLink, the Climate Corporation, DuPont Pioneer, and John Deere gave farmers and agriculture professionals insight into what on-site data generation technology can do to improve their farming operations.

A large portion of the presentation was dedicated to making technology like risk analysis tools or nutrient content measuring products a useable endeavor for famers,

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3 more E15 stations now open in Minnesota

Before 2014 came to a close, three more Minnesota fuel stations began dispensing E15.

Drivers can now find E15 — a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — at the following stations:

  • Minnoco in Plymouth, 9950 County Road 9
  • Bobby & Steve’s Auto World in Columbia Heights, 3701 Central Ave. NE
  • Cenex in Brooks (Red Lake County in Northwest Minnesota), 106 U.S.

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