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Setting the stage for profitability

By Kirby Hettver, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

In a time of low commodity prices, the future can be difficult to envision as we focus on making the most of our crop today. At the same time, it is crucial we continue to put the pieces in place for future success in the areas we can control.

The investment you and your fellow farmers make in the Minnesota corn check-off is setting the stage for improved profitability.

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MCGA discusses biofuels during Small Grains Update

The annual Small Grains Update was held last week in northern Minnesota, as representatives from commodity groups and researchers came together to discuss the topics of most interest to farmers in the region. Mitch Coulter, commodity marketing and biofuels director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), joined the group on the series, which began in Morris and ended in St. Hilaire.

Approximately five years ago, Minnesota Wheat Executive Director David Torgerson began working with MCGA and the Minnesota Soybeans Growers Association (MSGA) to develop a series of educational meetings that provide an efficient route for farmers to learn about the latest research and updates from the state’s ag sector.

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Moving billboards celebrate ethanol on grain trucks statewide

(Ethanol decals were dispersed at the recent Nicollet-Sibley Corn & Soybean Growers Annual Meeting)

Drivers who recently found themselves behind a grain truck may have noticed new signage touting the benefits of ethanol. Decals were distributed to farmers for placement on grain trucks statewide to promote the use of ethanol as part of an effort organized by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Each sign cites why ethanol should be celebrated in American fuels.

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Ethanol and its future in retail to be examined at Ag EXPO

The past year has been encouraging for ethanol, as important milestones were met and progress was made in spreading awareness of the new unleaded 88 octane (E15) fuel option at the pump.

Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition of Ethanol, will be giving a presentation at MN Ag EXPO 2018, held Jan. 24-25 in Mankato, examining the future of ethanol from a retail perspective, including its growing benefit to retailers and consumers.

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EPA sets final required renewable fuel volumes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule today that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Total renewable fuel volume as part of the 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) is 19.29 billion gallons, which is relatively flat compared to 2017 volumes (19.28 billion gallons).

Of the 19.29 billion gallons, 15 billion gallons must come from conventional biofuels. Advanced and cellulosic biofuels, often made from dried distillers grains (DDGS) and corn residue,

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Twin Cities drivers take notice of 88 Octane at the pump

Drivers who have been making their way through the Twin Cities this fall and early winter are noticing a cheaper fuel that offers better engine performance called 88 Octane. Better known as E15, the fuel isn’t actually new, however. What is new is the approach taken by the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAM) to market it.

ALAM has been a longtime partner of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association in its efforts to market the cleaner burning fuel’s air quality benefits,

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ALAMN Station Event

E15 hits an important milestone in Minnesota

Earlier this month an important milestone was hit in the world of ethanol when total locations selling E15 surpassed 200.

The road to the milestone began in October 2013 when the first E15 station was installed in Minnesota. By the end of 2014, there were 17 E15 locations statewide. Totals approximately double each year, until 2017 when stations went from 72 to an expected 225 by year’s end.

The rapid growth has been a joint effort by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA),

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Ethanol promotion events in full swing this fall

Now that RVP season has passed, ethanol promotion events are popping up this fall, and those driving by are certainly taking notice. Nearly 7,000 gallons of ethanol-blended fuel has been sold over nine events spanning Minnesota in late summer and fall.

Promotion prior to each event featured postcards delivered to flex fuel car owners’ homes, social media posts and even local media were on board to drive people to the pump. Once at the stations,

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Ethanol exports, mid-level blends provide optimism for U.S. corn prices

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its outlook for 2017 U.S. corn, with September production and yield estimates up slightly from August. Just after the report was released, corn futures declined.

While demand for corn has struggled to keep up with record-breaking yields, international market share for U.S.-grown corn has decreased with additional countries entering the market. These factors and more have led to struggling corn prices and tight margins for Minnesota farm operations.

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Research Summary details the latest in check-off-funded research

As some may have noticed in their mailbox earlier this month, Minnesota Corn’s Research Summary 2017 has been released! We invite you to read this year’s summary and see Minnesota corn check-off dollars at work funding research that improves agricultural practices and creates new opportunities for corn farmers.

Research Summary 2017

Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council directs more than $4 million annually to independent research projects that promote the environmental and economic sustainability of farmers.

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