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Leader Update
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County organizations step up for banner year of ethanol promotion

County corn organizations stepped up across Minnesota to organize fuel promotion events raising awareness of the benefits of ethanol-blended fuels and offering discounts on E85 and E15. More events were held across Greater Minnesota over the summer driving season than ever before, reaching thousands of drivers in outstate communities.

In all, 33 fuel promotion events were held over the last six months, resulting in nearly 7,000 gallons of E15 and more than 13,000 gallons of E85 pumped.

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Innovation Grant Program returns with focus on profitability

The Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program returns for its fourth year of funding farmer-led research with an additional focus in 2020: On-farm profitability. For the first time, the program will be seeking innovation in economics and management that make corn farm operations more profitable.

The 2020 Innovation Grant Program will continue to seek solutions to prevent both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water, along with novel ideas in tillage and production practices that enhance water quality.

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Registration is open for MN Ag EXPO 2020

MN Ag EXPO returns to Mankato Jan. 22-23, and registration is officially open for one of Minnesota’s premier agricultural trade shows.

MN Ag EXPO is free to attend, but you will need to register prior to the event to ensure you have a meal ticket during the two-day trade show. This year will again feature an excellent list of exhibitors and an engaging lineup of speakers.

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Minnesota row crop farmers finding harvest slow going

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Some Minnesota row crop producers have been able to finish bringing in their soybeans, while others were in the middle of gathering them when the wet weather called a halt to harvest this week.

Very few have made much progress with their corn crop. And in both grains and oil seeds, producers are seeing high moisture levels, meaning time and expense putting the crop through grain dryers.

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