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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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"Farmland" film opens in Minnesota

A new movie about life on the farm that features a young farm family in Southwest Minnesota opens at select theaters in Minnesota today.

“Farmland” is directed by Academy Award winner James Moll and looks at life on the farm through the eyes of young farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. You can catch the film at the following theaters today:

  • Marcus Elk River Theatre
  • Marcus Lakes Theatre —

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Report: Renewable fuels generates $11.7 billion in economic output in Minnesota

A new report details how renewable fuels like homegrown ethanol generates billions of dollars for the Minnesota economy and supports thousands of jobs.

According to the Fuels America study, the renewable fuels sector in Minnesota generates:

  • $11.7 billion in economic output annually
  • Supports 48,506 jobs
  • Generates $3 billion in annual wages
  • Contributes $1.1 billion each year in state and federal taxes

To break down the numbers by Minnesota congressional district,

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5 reasons to repeal new taxes on farm machinery repair and warehouse storage

The 2014 Minnesota legislative session opened today and both republicans and democrats are saying all the right things when it comes to providing Minnesotans with tax relief.

For farmers, tax relief needs to include repealing provisions passed last session that imposed new taxes on farm machinery repairs and equipment, as well new taxes on warehouse storage for agriculture inputs like fertilizer. The machinery tax has already been implemented. The warehouse storage tax goes into effect on April 1.

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Minnesota's Nutrient Reduction Strategy in 250 words or less

The first in our series of posts that summarizes existing conservation-related reports, programs, strategies and initiatives in 250 words or less focuses on the Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

There are several plans, strategies and programs – both at the federal and state level – with a goal of reducing nitrogen in our water. The purpose of the Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy is to provide guidance to state level programs to achieve nitrogen and phosphorus reduction in Minnesota waters,

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Greenpeace founder calls for acceptance of GMO foods

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Dr. Patrick Moore appeared last week at the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council annual meeting — just one of many stops along a tour to raise awareness that the acceptance of genetically modified foods (GMOs) is a life and death issue.

Moore recently staged protests in Toronto and in Vancouver, in front of the Rainbow Warrior — the ocean going vessel that Greenpeace has used to battle whaling.

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Farm Family of the Game: Layne and Darnell Ebeling of Martin County

Like a football team tries to maximize its strengths, Layne Ebeling and his cousin Cory know what each other does best on their farm in Martin County.

“He’s meticulous with the books. I’m good with the hogs and doing stuff outside,” Layne said. “At the end of the day, we get a lot done. We’re always moving ahead.”

Layne and Cory took over the farm from their fathers in the 1990s.

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Ethanol Powers Minnesota Stock Car Driver to Jam the Stands Victory in Alexandria

Justin Vogel needed to pass 15 other cars in order to win the street stock feature race at Viking Speedway in Alexandria on Saturday, July 27. One by one, Vogel and his ethanol-powered yellow No. 10 Brooten Auto car roared past the other drivers and cruised into victory lane.

It was Vogel’s fourth win of the season. This victory came on Jam the Stands night with several Minnesota corn farmers at the track promoting clean,

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