Tag: University of Minnesota (UMN)

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council now accepting research proposals via online portal

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) is now accepting research proposals related to corn production and stewardship, and expanded uses for corn. From research focused on soil fertility and nutrient management to new product developments utilizing corn, MCR&PC will be looking for proposals that bring an economic benefit to the state’s corn growers and improve their sustainability.

Unlike past Request for Proposals (RFP) periods, proposals will only be accepted online. Those interested must submit their online proposal by Dec.

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Following major storm, disaster aid being considered for farmers in southern MN

In response to major storms sweeping across southern Minnesota last night, farmers in the region may be interested in resources that will help with their recovery efforts. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have programs in place to provide aid to farmers in recovery, but first a disaster declaration will need to be made to make both accessible.

MDA’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program offers funds to farmers for expenses not covered by insurance.

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National Farm Safety and Health Week brings important pre-harvest message

This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week—an annual reminder for the nation’s farmers to take time prior to harvest to ensure the proper precautions are taken on the farm to keep operators safe. The University of Minnesota’s Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety (UMASH) is one of many organizations nationwide helping spread the word about this important week.

2018 National Farm Safety and Health Week has daily themes that focus on potential areas of danger for farmers.

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Scholarship awarded to young student changing how plastics are made

Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) Undergraduate Researcher Sarah Claessens is the recipient of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Summer Research Fellowship, awarded to a student who has helped advance CSP’s mission to transform how plastics are made.

Claessens, a senior at Gustavus Adolphus majoring in chemistry, received the $2,500 scholarship following her participating in CSP’s summer undergraduate research program. She applied to the program out of a longstanding interest in tackling plastic pollution.

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Corn growers see long-term benefit of best practices

Minnesota’s corn growers are working towards becoming the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the nation. The goal requires both a strong commitment to land stewardship by the state’s farmers and a financial commitment to ensure today’s best practices reflect the latest research.

Through the investment in the corn check-off, Minnesota’s farmers are working with third-party research institutions, growers and state officials to develop practices that leave the land fruitful for future generations.

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Minnesota corn growers foster innovation

For Minnesotans removed from agriculture, the sprawling fields and traditional red barn visible from the interstate may be their idea of modern farming. The reality is today’s farmers are bringing previously unthinkable levels of innovation to their craft.

Minnesota’s corn farmers are on the forefront of agricultural evolution. Through their investment in the corn check-off, the state’s corn growers devote more than $4 million annually in research that shapes the future of agriculture and the way we use agricultural products.

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Students tackle ag issues in 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The fourth-annual 4H Science of Agriculture Challenge, most recently held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in mid-June, is a competition featuring teams of junior high and high school students tasked with finding solutions for important issues facing agriculture today.

This year’s winners, three young women from Beltrami County, developed a curriculum for teaching students in grades three through five about the science and the value of GMO food crops.

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Planting season rush calls for important safety checks

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

This may become one of the later planting seasons in memory in Minnesota. And with the clock ticking to get a crop into the ground, farmers will be under pressure to work long hours. This will increase certain risks, according to farm safety expert Bruce Alexander, director of Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) at the University of Minnesota.

In particular, Alexander sees fatigue and roadway safety as critical issues.

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Setting the stage for profitability: Local partnership produces game-changing innovation

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that. You can read the series to date here.

Through the corn check-off, Minnesota farmers have invested nearly $15 million in University of Minnesota research since 1985.

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Corn-based plastics have a future in refrigeration

Global appliance provider Electolux recently unveiled a refrigerator prototype that replaces conventional plastics with bioplastic in all of its visible parts. The company is the latest to replace oil-based plastics with plastic made from renewable sources like corn.

The emergence of bioplastics has become an encouraging trend for the nation’s corn farmers. Companies like Electrolux have explored incorporating bioplastics into their products for their environmental benefit. The refrigerator prototype has 80-percent lower CO2 equivalent emissions compared to the conventional plastic used in current fridges.

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