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Closing the book on another successful MN Ag EXPO

Another MN Ag EXPO has come and gone. We’ll have several more posts covering everything that went down last week at MN Ag EXPO 2016 in Mankato, but for now, here are some photos of the attendees, exhibitors and speakers that make EXPO the must-attend agriculture event in Minnesota every winter.

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Fabian Fernandez from the University of Minnesota, left, was one of several agriculture researchers available to visit with EXPO attendees.

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MCR&PC looks to fill 3 seats in 2016

MCRPC_Logo_FinalThe Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has three seats up for election in 2016. The council consists of 11 corn farmers elected from throughout the state and administers the effective and efficient investment of Minnesota’s state corn check-off.

Districts voting for council members in 2016 include districts 3, 5 and 6; district 7, and district 8. To see which counties are in which districts, go to and click on the MCR&PC district map.

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Pre-Register for MN Ag EXPO by Friday, Jan. 15

MN Ag EXPO 2016Time again for Minnesota’s largest gathering of corn and soybean producers, MN Ag Expo 2016. Hundreds of farmers will gather at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, Jan. 28.

Registration will be available on-site, but you can avoid lines at the door by pre-registering.

Pre-register quickly and easily online at The pre-registration deadline is Friday, January 15. MN Ag EXPO 2016 is free to attend.

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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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