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Farm tour brings irrigation into focus

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmer Alan Peterson hosted two dozen guests, including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Assistant Commissioner Matt Wohlman in a tour of area farms near Clear Lake last week to show the theory and practice of irrigation in Minnesota.

Irrigators are responsible stewards of water and land resources, Peterson told the assembled group. The tour demonstrated that irrigation is an economic necessity in the central region due to its light,

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A weakened Renewable Fuel Standard helps these 10 people

High rollin’ Big Oil executives, the Koch Brothers, and asthma inhaler manufacturers make a list of the top 10 people who benefit from a weakened Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compiled by Fuels America.

Minnesota corn farmers have been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue final numbers on the 2014 RFS, which sets targets for the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply.

EPA proposed drastically slashing the RFS,

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Want to make your farm more pollinator-friendly? Check out the MCGA Pollinator Guide

The decline of pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies have been a hot topic recently. Like a lot of hot topics in agriculture, farmers seem to be caught in the middle of a blame game being played by several outside organizations and interests.

While fingers are pointed and the shouting gets louder, many farmers simply want to know what they can do to help pollinators.

That’s why the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has released the MCGA Pollinators Guide,

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68 percent of Minnesota corn crop in good to excellent condition

The latest USDA crop progress report says 68 percent of the Minnesota corn crop is in good to excellent condition. The report also said 61 percent of corn was at or beyond the silking stage, 10 points behind the five-year average.

Farmers in southern Minnesota could use a little bit of rain to boost moisture levels while many northern Minnesota farmers were hit with heavy rains last week.

Thank you to all the farmers who persevered through a wet and cold spring this year.

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Top 10 reasons to attend MCGA's "Tasseldega Nights" on Saturday

Minnesota’s corn farmers are bringing the ethanol-powered “Tasseldega Nights” to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley on Saturday, July 19. Race fans get in for free, yes, I said FREE, but that’s not the only reason you should go.

Here are top 10 reasons why we hope to see you at the track on Saturday for “Tasseldega Nights.”

1. Win NASCAR Tickets! The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be giving away 4-pack of tickets and pit passes to the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug.

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Corn farmers invited to attend ag freight forum on July 10

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is co-sponsoring a forum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 in Alexandria on the future of agriculture freight in Minnesota. Farmers have faced challenges securing space on rail to move grain and receive inputs such as fertilizer or propane.

The forum, “Envisioning the Future of Agriculture Freight in Minnesota,” is being planned and coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Experts from railroad companies,

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Ethanol-themed "Tasseldega Nights" packs 'em in at Elko Speedway

To accommodate the rush of people streaming into Elko Speedway on Saturday night for the first-ever “Tasseldega Nights,” an overflow parking lot had to be opened.

Then another overflow lot was opened.

And finally a third overflow lot became necessary.

In all, between 7,000 and 8,000 people attended “Tasseldega Nights” and received free admission to the races courtesy of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

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An Agvocate at the Capitol: South Dakota State student shares her "Day on the Hill" experience

Written by Andrea Tomschin, MCGA Agvocate

I’ll be the first to admit that history, politics and government have never been my favorite subjects. So when the Minnesota Corn Growers Association went to the state capitol in St. Paul — aka “the hill” — to talk about current issues, I can’t say that I was all too excited.

However, when the day came I quickly began to realize that my first time at the state capitol was going to be a lot more fun than expected.

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#Plant14 update: Minnesota corn farmers made progress last week

Minnesota corn farmers took advantage of the sunny and dry weather over the weekend to plant more than 22 percent of the state’s corn crop according to the latest USDA crop progress report.

Currently, 53 percent of Minnesota’s corn crop is in the ground. That’s 28 percent behind the 5-year average and 10 percent behind last year’s pace.

Best of luck to all the corn farmers out there battling Mother Nature and trying to get this year’s crop planted.

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Farmers: Don't let Netflix or activist groups tell your story

If you spend any time browsing the documentary section on Netflix, it looks like “Food Inc.” and “King Corn” got married and had hundreds of anti-farming documentary offspring.

Films like “Food Fight,” “Farmageddon,” “Forks over Knives” and “Food Matters” fill up screen after screen of Netflix’s “Watch now” section. Millions of Netflix subscribers have instant access to these films.

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