Tag: DDGS

Study: Corn exports add $74.7 billion to the U.S. economy

Exporting corn and corn products doesn’t just help improve a farmer’s bottom line, it provides a jolt to the entire U.S. economy. A new study from Informa Economics concluded that the export of U.S. corn and corn products generated $74.7 billion in annual economic output in 2014.

Sales of all U.S. grain feed products contributed $82 billion. The U.S. gross domestic product was boosted by $29.8 billion thanks to the export of corn and corn co-products.

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Reduced-fat distillers grains…a new way to grow a dairy heifer

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Research sponsored by Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCRPC) and Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) indicates rations high in reduced-fat distillers grains (the high protein ethanol co-product) fill the bill as a feed for young dairy heifers. It’s economical, it’s efficient,
and dairy producers end up with a sturdy, lean replacement heifer.

Jill Anderson, a dairy scientist at South Dakota State University,

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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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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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Here's everything MCGA has going on at Farmfest next week

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will once again have a major presence at this year’s Farmfest, scheduled for Aug. 4-6 at Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls.

At noon on Thursday, Aug. 6, Farmfest attendees can get a free cob of delicious sweet corn courtesy of MCGA inside the main forum building. This is the first year that Minnesota’s corn farmers are sponsoring a free sweet corn feed at Farmfest.

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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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Proposed RFS reduction threatens a vital animal feed: Distillers Grains

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With a bushel of corn — 56 pounds — an ethanol plant produces 2.8 gallons of cleaner burning fuel and 17 pounds of high quality animal feed.

With cuts looming to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) – legislation that sets targets for the amount of corn ethanol blended with regular gasoline — farmers who feed DDGS rations to livestock are worried about this great source of protein and energy drying up.

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