Tag: University of Minnesota (UMN)

Future of corn-based plastics showcased at EXPO

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Advances in chemistry and chemical engineering continue to offer paths for replacing petroleum with corn as a feedstock for plastics. By using a renewable source (corn) instead its oil-based counterpart, the research could reduce the environmental impact of plastic, both in the making and its disposal.

At 2019 MN Ag EXPO in Mankato, researchers with the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers showed off the intriguing results of scientific work supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Corn Research &

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Cover crops become focus at U of M Winter Crops Meeting

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

University of Minnesota Professor M. Scott Wells laid out a good news, bad news situation for Winter Crops Day attendees: The good news is cover crops are performing well in Minnesota. The bad news is farmers aren’t making any money at it.

The topic was very much of interest to the more than two dozen farmers meeting at Winter Crops Day in Rochester earlier this month.

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Leading researchers to showcase work at MN Ag EXPO

Leading researchers return to MN Ag EXPO this week to showcase their projects bringing new levels of innovation to modern farm practices and expanding markets for corn. Attendees will be able to speak with researchers leading each corn checkoff-funded project at the Research Center, located on the second floor of the Verizon Center.

On Wednesday, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) will be in attendance to share exciting research that could bring corn to previously unthinkable markets.

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Future ag leaders in spotlight as Gopher athletes

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has long partnered with University of Minnesota athletics to share the impact of the state’s corn growers with fans. For 2018-2019, that partnership expanded to shine a light on current student-athletes who aspire to be agricultural leaders.

Eight current student-athletes from the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) were interviewed about their agricultural background and ag career ambitions. Each video was or will be played during Gophers’ basketball,

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Minnesota Arboretum breaks ground on new exhibit sharing story of state’s ag sector

Each year, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum welcomes nearly 500,000 visitors who come to see its sprawling acres of magnificent gardens and model landscapes. Come August 2019, the Arboretum will be using its horticulture expertise to also tell the story of Minnesota agriculture.

Built around the Arboretum’s iconic red barn, the multi-acre field exhibit will feature conventional crops that make up Minnesota’s ag sector, including soybeans, wheat, sugar beets, and of course,

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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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Minnesota Harvest

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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